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Mini Carrot Cake Loaves

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These Mini Carrot Cake Loaves are delicious little cakes to celebrate Spring, Easter, or any celebration. Topped with a creamy cream cheese frosting, they are a wonderful dessert to make or gift to give.

Mini Carrot Cakes with cream cheese frosting

I love carrot cake in any form. There used to a restaurant here that made the absolute best carrot cake from scratch and I loved it. I would intentionally not eat all of my dinner to save room for a slice of that cake. That restaurant has long since closed and I miss it. While, the mini carrot cake recipe I am sharing today isn’t the exact same, it sure does fill the gap! Plus it’s a perfect dessert to celebrate Spring.

Let’s face it, #SpringSweetsWeek has us all drooling over all of the images of the recipes we are sharing. It’s the perfect simple yet fancy dessert and using fresh raspberries makes it a delicious way to celebrate #SpringSweetsWeek. Once again this sweet event is being hosted by Heather from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks!   With the weather warming up and flowers beginning to bloom, it’s time to celebrate with spring sweets!

sliced mini carrot cake with cream cheese frosting

This year 24 food bloggers from around the country are sharing over 100 sweet recipes that are perfect for the spring season.  So say goodbye to the snow and cold and get ready to enjoy the best spring treats like cupcakes, cookies, pies, dessert boards, and even a few beverages!

Here’s what I am sharing this week:

Our #SpringSweetsWeek sponsors are providing us with samples to aid in our creations.  Thank you to Dixie Crystals, Melissa’s Produce, Door County Coffee, Circulon, Taylor and Colledge, and Nairn’s for your generosity.  Check out the other sweet recipes linked up. 

mini carrot cake on blue cake stand

Once again, I am using a fabulous sponsor’s product. This time it’s a gorgeous mini loaf pan from Circulon. It makes up to six mini loaves and is nonstick, which is great for getting your cakes out and for clean up. I am absolutely love this pan. Every cake I have made since I have received the pan has been in mini form! It is so nice to know your cakes won’t stick if you forget to use spray, too as I did when making these carrot cakes.

Circulon mini loaves pan

I also used Dixie Crystals white granulated sugar in the cake batter and their powdered sugar in the cream cheese frosting. Dixie Crystals sugar is such a staple in my house, that using another brand doesn’t seem to give me the results I want in any recipe. Quality sugar makes a difference.

Dixie Sugar Swag

How to Make Mini Carrot Cake Loaves

Confession time: I made this recipe three times before getting to be the way I wanted it – a moist, spice carrot cake. That being said, the recipe is easy.

As usual with most baking recipes, I like to do a lot of the prep work before starting to mix the batter. For this recipe, I finely shredded the carrots first using a box grater. Of course, you can use a food processor if you want.

shredded carrots in white bowl with fresh carrots in background

Then, whisk together the dry ingredients (sugar, flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, a dash of nutmeg). Set aside.

dry ingredients for carrot cakes

In a large bowl, add the shredded carrots and oil, mixing well. Then beat in two eggs until well combined.

carrots and oil mixture

Gradually add the flour mixture, with each addition, mix until just combined. Fold in the chopped pecans. Divide the batter evenly into the mini cake pan. This is where you can have six smaller mini loaves or a bit bigger 4 – 5 loaves. I like the bigger mini loaves I opt for filling them 2/3 of the way full.

Carrot cake batter in mini loaves pan

Bake for 18 – 20 minutes or until a clean toothpick comes out clean. Let cakes cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

Baked mini loaves of carrot cake cooling in pan

Frost when cool with cream cheese frosting.

close up of mini carrot cakes on cooling rack

How to Make Homemade Cream Cheese Frosting

This homemade cream cheese frosting recipe is so easy to make. I like to make the whole recipe and then use what I need to for the mini carrot cake loaves or cupcakes, and then freeze the remaining frosting to use later. If you prefer, you can half this recipe to use on mini cakes.

Beat cream cheese, butter, milk and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Gradually add the powdered sugar and mix well. Add enough powdered sugar until you have the frosting the consistency you want. I use about 3 1/2 cups. Frost mini cakes and top with chopped pecans or sprinkles.

homemade cream cheese frosting in white bowl
frosted mini carrot cake with nuts on blue platter

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Mini Carrot Cake Loaves

These Mini Carrot Cake Loaves are delicious little cakes to celebrate Spring, Easter, or any celebration. Topped with a creamy cream cheese frosting, they are a wonderful dessert to make or gift to give.
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Ingredients

For the Mini Carrot Cakes

  • 1 cup finely grated carrots
  • 3/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • dash nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

For the Cream Cheese Frosting (may half this frosting recipe)

  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 3 – 4 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

To Make the Mini Carrot Cakes

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a mini loaf pan with nonstick spray
  • Finely grate your carrots and set aside
  • Whisk together flour, baking soda, sugar, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in medium bowl; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, add the shredded carrots and oil, mixing well. Then beat in two eggs until well combined.
  • Gradually add the flour mixture, with each addition, mix until just combined. Fold in the chopped pecans. Divide the batter evenly into the mini cake pan. This is where you can have six smaller mini loaves or a bit bigger 4 – 5 loaves. I like the bigger mini loaves I opt for filling them 2/3 of the way full.
  • Bake for 18 – 20 minutes or until a clean toothpick comes out clean. Let cakes cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack
  • Frost when cool with cream cheese frosting.

To Make the Cream Cheese Frosting

  • This homemade cream cheese frosting recipe is so easy to make. I like to make the whole recipe and then use what I need to for the mini carrot cake loaves or cupcakes, and then freeze the remaining frosting to use later. If you prefer, you can half this recipe to use on mini cakes.
  • Beat cream cheese, butter, milk and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Gradually add the powdered sugar and mix well. Add enough powdered sugar until you have the frosting the consistency you want. I use about 3 1/2 cups. Frost mini cakes and top with chopped pecans or sprinkles.

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mini carrot cake with sprinkles on blue platter

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4 Comments

  1. I made this recipe according to the ingredients you listed and it didn’t rise. Realizing after you didn’t list the baking soda so it was a total waste.

    1. Oh my gosh! I am so sorry!! I updated the post with the baking soda, which is one teaspoon. Again, I apologize!! Thank you for letting me know.