Carrot Loaf Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting


Easter may be fun, but this Carrot Loaf Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is what you’ll really be celebrating!

carrot loaf cake with frosting cut open

This recipe was originally shared in 2016 by RecipeBoy himself.

Carrot cake is super delicious! It’s kind of like zucchini bread in the sense that they both contain vegetables but still taste great. I love that you can see the grated carrot in the bread. It shows kids that all things with vegetables do not have to be avoided and tossed aside. We like our carrot cake without a bunch of extra chunky things added in! Great grandma’s carrot cake is another good, classic recipe to try. There are no nuts or raisins or pineapple in that recipe either!

ingredients displayed for making carrot loaf cake

🛒 Ingredients Needed:

  • all purpose flour
  • baking powder, baking soda and salt
  • ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg
  • unsalted butter
  • brown sugar
  • eggs
  • vanilla extract
  • grated carrots
  • cream cheese
  • powdered sugar
four photos showing how to make carrot loaf cake and frosting

✏️ How to make Carrot Loaf Cake:

*The complete, printable recipe is in the recipe card at the end of this post.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350℉. Spray a 9×5 (or 8×4) inch pan with nonstick spray.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  3. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy; beat in the eggs and vanilla, then the carrots. Add the dry ingredients and beat just until combined. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then turn the cake onto a rack to cool completely.
  5. To make the frosting, use an electric mixer to combine the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until creamy and well mixed. Spread the frosting on top of the cooled cake. Keep refrigerated in a covered container if you don’t eat it all right away!
overhead shot of carrot loaf cake on cooling rack

➡️ Tips and Substitutions:

  • You can certainly add walnuts and/or raisins if you like them added to carrot cake.
  • Use another kind of frosting, if you prefer.
  • We use a large loaf pan to make this cake, and it makes the cake turn out shorter. Use a smaller loaf pan if you want a taller cake!
carrot loaf cake frosted on board

❤️ What I Love About This Recipe:

  1. This carrot cake is perfect.
  2. This cake is not dry like some other cakes.
  3. Cream cheese frosting is my go-to frosting for any dessert. It’s so good!
overhead shot of frosted carrot loaf cake partially cut into slices

If you’re looking for a good carrot cake, look no further. I think you could easily increase the recipe to make it into a square or round pan instead of a loaf cake. I really like how this loaf cake turns out though.

slices of carrot loaf cake on plate

Favorite Cake Recipes:

  • Berry Pound Cake
  • Peanut Butter Texas Sheet Cake
  • Strawberry Layer Cake
  • Cinnamon Roll Cake
  • Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Marshmallow Frosting