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carrot cake loaf recipe

Carrot Cake loaf recipe

Carrot cake in a loaf form that is soft, moist and loaded with that amazing carrot cake flavor. Top it off with cream cheese frosting and a new comfort food is born!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 5 mins
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 people
Calories 694 kcal


  • Electric hand mixer
  • Mixing bowls
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • 9x5 loaf pan
  • Silicon Spatula
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Non-stick spray


Carrot cake loaf

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups carrots shredded
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce

Cream cheese frosting

  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • ½ cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups confectioner's sugar


Carrot cake loaf

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9x5 loaf pan with non stick spray and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients and set aside. Shred the carrots with a vegetable peeler and put into small bowl and set aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, with an electric mixer, cream together the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy. Add in the vanilla extract and eggs one at a time, blending well after each addition.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until well combined. Fold in the shredded carrots, walnuts, and applesauce with a spatula. Pour batter into loaf pan only½ to ⅔ full. Bake for 60-65 minutes or until knife inserted into the middle of loaf comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before putting on cream cheese frosting.

Cream cheese frosting

  • In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix together cream cheese and butter until smooth and cream. Add in the confectioner's sugar, vanilla, and salt until well combined. Drizzle frosting over carrot cake loaf. Slice and serve!


Serving: 12peopleCalories: 694kcalCarbohydrates: 86gProtein: 7gFat: 37gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 128mgSodium: 576mgPotassium: 220mgFiber: 2gSugar: 67gVitamin A: 4600IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 72mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Easter time, carrot cake, cream cheese frosting
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