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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.
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 and a fun giveaway! Details on the prizes to be won can be found here in this link to Strawberry Rhubarb Pie.
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:
- Monday – Strawberry Rhubarb Pie with Crumb Topping (plus all of the prize details for the giveaway)
- Tuesday – White Chocolate Raspberry Scones
- Wednesday – Lemon Cooler Cookies
- Thursday – Raspberry Almond Cappuccino Parfaits
- Friday – Easy Key Lime Mousse Tarts
- Saturday – Mini Carrot Cake Loaves (that’s this recipe!)
Our #SpringSweetsWeek sponsors are helping us give away some great prizes. Thank you to Dixie Crystals, Melissa’s Produce, Door County Coffee, Circulon, Taylor and Colledge, and Nairn’s for your generosity. We have an incredible giveaway with six amazing prizes and would love if you would take a moment to read about it and the prizes that you can win! Then, please check out the other sweet recipes linked up.
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.
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.
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.
Then, whisk together the dry ingredients (sugar, flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, a dash of nutmeg). 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.
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.
Other Cake Recipes You May Enjoy
- Homemade Carrot Cake Cupcakes – classic carrot cake with fruit in cupcake form
- Blueberry Upside Down Cake – a delicious twist on an upside down cake
- Lemon Bundt Cake with Lemon Glaze – get your lemon fix with this moist cake
Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below!
Mini Carrot Cake Loaves
For the Mini Carrot Cakes
- 1 cup finely grated carrots
- 3/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup flour
- 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
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, 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.
Saturday’s Recipes to Enjoy
- Coffee Mousse in a Chocolate Cup by Family Around the Table
- Key Lime Pie Tarts by For the Love of Food
- Mandarin Orange and Rhubarb Crisp by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Mandarin Orange Scones by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Mini Carrot Cakes with Cream Cheese Frosting by Blogghetti
- Mini Strawberry Rhubarb Pies by Jen Around the World
- Pineapple Coconut Quick Bread by Shockingly Delicious
- Rhubarb Cake by House of Nash Eats
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