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mini carrot cake loaf with nuts on top
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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.
Keyword: Carrot cake, Carrot cake cupcakes, mini carrot cake loaves, mini carrot cakes

Ingredients

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

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, 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.