What is it about carrot cake that has us swooning? Is it the combination of sweet and spice? Or is it the tangy cream cheese frosting? (Hint: It’s both.) If you, like us, just can’t quit the classic dessert, here are 13 carrot cake recipes to satisfy your craving.
13 Carrot Cake Recipes to Make Right Now
Mini Carrot Cakes With Cream Cheese Frosting
Sometimes, less is more. But sometimes, you’re making carrot cake. These mini layer cakes have the same wow-factor as a big version, with a lot less fuss.
Hydrangea Flower Carrot Cake Cupcakes
We didn’t pluck these straight from the garden, but it looks like it, right? The cherry on top of these cheerful minis is the mascarpone frosting that’s flavored with freeze-fried berries. Yum.
Dairy-free, Gluten-free Carrot Cake
With lots of cinnamon and ginger, plus a vegan cream cheese frosting, you won’t even notice that this cake is food restriction-friendly. (It’s also ready in under an hour, if you need more convincing.)
Carrot Cake Coffee Cake
Permission to eat carrot cake for breakfast granted. This recipe may not have any frosting, but with a brown sugar streusel topping, who needs it?
Gluten-free Carrot Cupcakes With Honey Cream Cheese Frosting
Here, the star ingredient keeps these cupcakes moist while adding carrot-y flavor. A hint of orange zest adds a little je ne sais quoi (and makes us go back for seconds).
Cheesecake Swirl Carrot Bundt Cake
You had us at cheesecake swirl. Instead of frosting, a just-sweet-enough orange glaze is the finishing touch.
The Best Healthy Carrot Cake You’ll Ever Eat
According to Coterie member Monique Volz, the name says it all. This Paleo-friendly cake is made with almond and coconut flours, and sweetened with maple syrup. Save us a slice, will you?
Carrot Cake Sheet Cake
Need a few reasons to love sheet cakes? They’re easy to cut, they feed a crowd and they’ve got the ideal frosting to cake ratio (which is especially important when it’s the cream cheese kind).
Strawberry Coconut Carrot Cake With Mascarpone Buttercream
This three-layer beauty is begging to be made for a special occasion. Adding strawberries and coconut takes the classic cake to another level…and we want to go to there.
Orange Carrot Zucchini Cake With Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting
Two vegetables in one dessert means we can have two (or three) slices. At least, that’s what we tell ourselves. (Thanks, Monique Volz.)
Layered Carrot Cake
To impress your anti-carrot cake friends (we all know at least one), make like Coterie member Gaby Dalkin and use edible flower petals for decoration. Prepare for oohs and ahhs.
If you don’t call it a cake, it’s suddenly *that* much easier to make. We’ll be serving this one with morning coffee, as an afternoon snack, you name it.
Carrot Cake Roll
It looks super impressive, but don’t worry: It’s simple to make. (Just don’t tell anyone that when you slice into it.)