18 Carrot Cake Recipes You'll Want for Easter (And Beyond)

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Carrot cake is one of those special desserts that works for practically every occasion. It's an obvious choice at Easter, but you can serve delicious carrot cake for other holidays, celebrations, and birthday parties, too. With its signature moist, rich crumb, homey spices, and decadent cream cheese icing, it's popular with kids and adults alike, with and without added pineapple and coconut. Enjoy it your way with our best-ever carrot cake recipes. Plus, you'll find creative ideas for adding carrot cake flavors to more yummy treats, including cinnamon rolls, cookies, ice cream, and pancakes.

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    World's Best Carrot Cake

    World's Best Carrot Cake

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    Our top-rated carrot cake has pineapple, pecans, and walnuts, which all add to its moist, crunchy goodness. With ginger and cinnamon spices in the batter, and a dreamy cream cheese frosting, it makes for an unbelievably delicious dessert.

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    Small World's Legendary Carrot Cake

    Small World's Legendary Carrot Cake

    Forte Culinair

    Small World is a little Amsterdam cafe with a big reputation for having the most coveted carrot cake around. Recreate it in your kitchen with this awesome recipe which includes a generous amount of coconut and pineapple, along with carrots and warming spices, and a luscious homemade frosting.

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    Rich Carrot Cake

    Rich Carrot Cake

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    Sweet baby carrots are the secret to this crazy-good carrot cake. Once you shred the carrots, the cake comes together quickly, and will wow eaters with its dense, super-moist crumb. Smother it in velvety cream cheese frosting, top with optional walnuts or coconut shreds, and enjoy the inevitable compliments.

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    Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

    Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

    Miri Rotkovitz

    In about an hour, you can make this tender, delicious carrot cake for kids' birthday parties. Sneak in some whole wheat flour, and leave out nuts, so there's no need to worry about nut allergies. Each yummy slice is flecked with carrots, infused with cinnamon, and covered in fluffy cream cheese frosting.

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    Super Moist Vegan Carrot Cake

    Super Moist Vegan Carrot Cake

    The Spruce

    Wow vegans at potlucks with this super-easy vegan carrot cake that is unbelievably tasty, and loaded with healthy vitamins from fresh carrots. Instead of egg replacer, you use cinnamon applesauce, plus a little bit of soy milk, for a dairy-free carrot cake with a gorgeous texture.

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    Carrot Cake Ice Cream

    Carrot Cake Ice Cream

    Joy/Flickr

    Scoopable, rum-spiked carrot cake ice cream with golden raisins and walnuts tastes like the world's best carrot cake in a bowl, including the cream cheese frosting! Prepare the easy custard in about half an hour, and finish in your ice cream maker. Leave time to chill several hours, or overnight, before serving.

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    Gluten-Free Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

    Gluten-Free Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

    Diana Rattray

    Satisfy your sweet tooth with this luscious, gluten-free carrot cake. Plenty of carrots go into this cake, and the tangy cream cheese frosting is thick and dreamy. This recipe makes a two-layer cake, 13-inch sheet cake, or 3 dozen cupcakes.

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    Carrot Cake with Bananas and Coconut

    Carrot Cake with Bananas and Coconut

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    This carrot cake is bananas! A classic carrot cake meets the banana split in this winning dessert mash-up that includes grated carrots, ripe mashed bananas, coconut flakes, maraschino cherries, and chopped nuts. Bake it in a bundt cake pan, and top with thick cream cheese frosting.

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    Carrot Cake Pancakes

    Carrot Cake Pancakes

    Leah Maroney

    Kick off your weekend with these iced carrot cake pancakes that taste just like the cake, in a fraction of the time. You can whip up the nicely-spiced batter in no time, using a food processor to grate the carrots, for flapjacks that kids and adults will crave.

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    Sugar-Free Vegan Whole Wheat Carrot Cake

    Sugar-Free Vegan Whole Wheat Carrot Cake

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    Are you cutting back on refined sugars? Get your dessert on, and stick to your diet, with this satisfyingly sweet carrot cake that's entirely sugar-free, uses whole wheat flour, and is vegan to boot. Carrots add enough moisture that you don't need egg replacer, with dates and orange juice to bring the sweetness.

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    Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls

    Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls

    Diana Rattray

    Wake up to the best breakfast ever with super soft and fluffy carrot cake cinnamon rolls. They start with the best, yeasty, buttery cinnamon roll dough, are filled with a carrot cake brown sugar filling, and slathered in a rich cream cheese frosting.

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    Easy Zucchini Carrot Cake

    Easy Zucchini Carrot Cake

    Diana Rattray

    Start with a store-bought carrot cake mix to make this easy zucchini carrot cake. Add a whole, grated zucchini, and a can of crushed pineapple, to make this a dense, moist cake with plenty of sweetness. Nuts and coconut are optional extras.

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    Tropical Carrot Cake With Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

    Tropical Carrot Cake With Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

    QVC, Inc.

    Take a culinary trip to the tropics with this rich dessert that combines the fruity flavors of a pina colada cocktail, with a classic carrot cake. You'll be in paradise with every bite of this dreamy, carrot-flecked cake, finished with decadent coconut cream cheese frosting, and topped with chopped macadamia nuts.

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    Carrot Cake Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting

    Carrot Cake Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting

    Diana Rattray

    Fantastic carrot cupcakes with creamy vanilla frosting make a great bake sale idea, or a special treat for kids' school lunchboxes. They get their rich, brown sugar flavor from molasses and a variety of cozy spices, with a little buttermilk to keep them tender and soft.

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    Carrot Cake Cookies

    Carrot Cake Cookies

    Elaine Lemm

    Carrot cake cookies are a cinch to bake, and make a yummy Easter holiday treat. The cookie dough is made with finely-grated carrots, plus steel-cut oats, walnuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves, for fragrant, kid-pleasing cookies that are soft and yielding on the inside, and satisfyingly crispy on the outside.

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    One-Layer Frosted Carrot Cake

    One-Layer Frosted Carrot Cake

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    If you have an hour to spare, you can make this easy, one-layer frosted carrot cake that bakes in a 8 or 9-inch square pan. Adding raisins or chopped dates is optional, but will help to keep the cake moist and tender. Use room temperature eggs in this recipe, to give the cake a fluffier rise. Slice into squares for serving, with coffee or tea, this is a go-to recipe for a quick cake fix.

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    Carrot Cake Overnight Oats

    Carrot Cake Overnight Oats

    Leah Maroney

    Carrot cake overnight oats are one of the easiest, yummiest breakfast ideas around, and are filled with classic carrot cake spices, plus coconut, nuts, and maple syrup. Prepare them easily the night before, and wake up to a filling breakfast full of fiber and nutrition.

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    Carrot Cake Shot

    Carrot Cake Shot

    S&C Design Studios

    You'll be amazed at how much this crazy-delicious bar shot tastes like an actual carrot cake, especially when you learn there are no carrots in it! You make it by mixing cinnamon and butterscotch schnapps, Irish cream, and coffee liqueur in equal parts. Feel free to decorate the rim with cream cheese icing, and crushed walnuts, for a party-worthy presentation.