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Decadent Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze

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Rich, moist decadent carrot cake is arguably the tastiest way to eat your carrots. This delicious cake would be the perfect Saturday morning treat to enjoy with a bold cup of coffee. It would also be a great recipe to pull out as fall (and the holidays) gets closer.  This recipe uses pineapple for a little bit of extra moisture and flavor. The cream cheese glaze also ensures that the cake has a great balance of cream cheese and cake flavors, without being too heavy. A touch of walnuts on top looks lovely and also contributes just the right amount of texture.

This recipe does not take long to prep at all. Before you get started, go ahead and pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. You can also pre-grease your loaf pan with a little bit of butter or vegetable oil.

In a large bowl, combine all of your dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.  It’s important to combine your dry ingredients first so that they blend thoroughly and don’t create weird clumps in your end result.

If you follow a gluten free lifestyle, you can totally still enjoy this recipe. I like to use Krusteaz gluten free flour when making gluten free baked goods. It has a good texture and works great as a 1:1 substitute for regular flour.

Separately (using a mixer,  beaters or a very strong arm), you’re going to cream together the sugar, eggs and vegetable oil.

Next, add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.

Once your basic batter is well-combined, it’s time to add the textural ingredients that make this cake extra tasty!

First, add the carrots, then the pineapple, then the walnuts. Fold them in.

Pour your batter into your greased loaf pan and put into your pre-heated oven for about 45 minutes (or until you can insert a toothpick and pull it out, clean. )

While your cake is in the oven, you can put the glaze together. This glaze is a great icing-alternative, and it’s so easy. (You actually make it in the microwave!)

Simply combine your cream cheese, butter, vanilla and powdered sugar in a microwaveable bowl. Melt this combination in the microwave in short bursts until it is pourable (give it a final stir to combine).

When your cake is fully cooked, transfer it from the loaf pan to a cooling rack and drizzle with glaze.  You can even pour your glaze into a frosting bag if you want it to look a little extra decorative. Top with some chopped walnuts.

All that’s left now is to get some coffee going. ENJOY!

Carrot cake is such a cozy sort of dessert. One of the reasons I love it is that you don’t have to wait until after dinner to eat it— it can be enjoyed for breakfast (or as an afternoon treat with tea)! I hope that this delicious and simple carrot cake becomes a staple that you can enjoy with friends and family throughout the year! Let us know if you try it and how you like it!

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Decadent Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze

  • Author: Wendy Hilton
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Cuisine: dessert

Description

This decadent take on classic carrot cake incorporates pineapple and walnuts! It’s easy to make and would be the perfect treat to share with friends and family alongside some coffee or tea!


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Ingredients

For cake:

  • 1 cup grated carrots (about 2 medium)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple

For glaze:

  • 4 oz cream cheese  (room temperature)
  • 1/4 cups butter (softened)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  1.  In a large bowl combine flour,baking powder,baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  2. In a separate bowl cream together sugar, eggs, and vegetable oil.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
  4. Then in order add the carrots, pineapple, and walnuts.
  5. Pour into greased loaf pan.
  6. Bake at 350 about 40-45 mins until toothpick comes out clean

For Glaze:

  1. Combine all ingredients and mix.
  2. Microwave until pourable.
  3. Drizzle over warm loaf.

About the author

Wendy Hilton

Wendy is one of the owners of Love These Recipes. She married her high school sweetheart, Scott, over 27 years ago, and they live in the South with their three children: Hannah, age 23; Noah, age 22; and Mary Grace, age 16. Wendy loves working out and teaching Training for Warriors classes at her local gym. She also enjoys learning along with her family, educational travel, reading, and writing, and she attempts to grow an herb garden every summer with limited success.

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