Carrot Cake Comfort

It’s carrot cake season so we’ve rounded up our best carrot-studded recipes for all you carrot cake-lovers. With plenty of spices, fresh carrots, toasty pecans, and swoops of frosting, these recipes include everything you know and love about this classic, springtime flavor combination. From cakes and loafs to cookies and scones, there’s something here for everyone!

1. Our Best Carrot Cake

Our top carrot cake recipe, brimming with raisins, walnuts, carrots, and crushed pineapple then slathered in cream cheese frosting, is as timeless as it is flavorful.

2. Ginger Chai Carrot Cake

Ginger Chai Carrot Cake

Perfect for your Easter baking, this cake combines crisp carrot and spicy-sweet candied ginger. Top with a confectioners’ sugar glaze, and you have a cake that’s just as awe-inspiring as it is delicious. Find more one-bowl baking wonders in our new One Bowl Baking Special Issue

3. Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies

carrot cake sandwich cookies

We kept the base flavors of these tender Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies faithful to the original, with a carrot-rich dough brimming pecans. A thick layer of Sour Cream Buttercream rounds out every bite of these Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies with just the right amount of tang. 

4. Carrot Cake Loaf

The veggie-packed classic now comes in the compact form of a loaf cake, complete with an indulgent coat of that signature cream cheese icing.

5. Tropical Carrot Cake

A less fussy, tropical take on the traditional cake, this one-layer stir-together comes together in a flash. Piled high with luscious swoops of Crème Fraîche Frosting and a halo of electric-orange sugared carrots, this beauty is just as eye-catching as the original.

6. Apricot Carrot Cake with Honey Cream Frosting

We gave the traditional carrot cake a fruity update, adding chopped, dried apricots in with the carrots and toasted pecans. A generous slathering of (our honeyed take on the) classic cream cheese frosting coats each perfectly-spiced layer.

7. Carrot Chai Bundt Cake

Nordic Ware’s Magnolia pan gives a bold floral design to this aromatic carrot cake. A surprise swirl of cream cheese filling serves as a nod to the original’s classic frosting while homemade chai spice adds a subtle zing to the tender cake. A final dusting of Chai Sugar accentuates every leaf and petal, giving this spring cake a well-spiced finish.

8. Chocolate Carrot Cake Loaf

We love the stark, swirly contrast between this cake’s chocolate and plain layers.

9. Carrot Cake Scones

Carrot Cake Scones

The queen of spring cakes, now in a tender scone. Though we trade the traditional cream cheese frosting for a honeyed Crème Fraîche Icing in these carrot cake scones, we keep the base faithful to the original with a veggie-rich, well-spiced batter and plenty of chopped walnuts to add crunch.

10. Carrot Coffee Cake

Buttermilk whipped cream complements our tropical spin on this Southern classic brimming with pecans, carrots, and crushed pineapple.

11. Carrot Cake Cheesecake Bars

Who needs cream cheese frosting when you’ve got a layer of cheesecake filling? These bars combine two of our favorite cakes in one: crumbly chunks of carrot cake baked into a velvety layer of cheesecake. Fair warning: you may not be able to have one without the other again.

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