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Easy Carrot Cake Loaf

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If you love carrot cake, you’ll adore this Carrot Cake Loaf. So moist and tender, packed with shredded carrots and savory spices, and topped with an incredible cream cheese layer.

sliced carrot cake loaf on a wooden cutting board

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While carrot cake is appropriate all year long, it seems so perfect in the spring. When the yellow daffodils bloom and the cherry trees are brilliant in pink, I’m thinking about carrots. Whether they be roasted, in soup, cookies, or in this carrot cake loaf.

ingredients for carrot cake loaf

And unlike traditional carrot cake, this is a quick and simple spring recipe to make whenever the mood for carrot cake emerges. For an even quicker carrot cake, you might like our 3 Minute Carrot Cake in a Mug recipe!

raw ingredients of shredded carrots and eggs in carrot cake loaf

Back to this recipe, though. While I always crave carrot cake in the spring, I also think of it in the fall too. The warm spices and tender texture of this carrot cake, the creamy frosting, is perfect in front of a roaring fire too!

unbaked carrot cake loaf in pan

What I Love About this Carrot Cake Loaf

  • Packed with shredded carrots
  • The texture is moist and dense, just what you love about carrot cake
  • While somewhat different than usual, the spices make this loaf incredibly delicious
Unfrosted Carrot Cake Loaf

The Frosting

Cream cheese frosting is almost synonymous with carrot cake—like a marriage made in heaven. However, this cake is so delicious that it can definitely stand on its own or be dusted with a bit of powdered sugar.

frosted carrot cake loaf

Ingredient Additions to this Carrot Cake

There are two other ingredients that are typical in carrot cakes: nuts and dried fruit. I haven’t included these in this loaf, but if you love them, add:

  • Raisins (golden or brown)
  • Chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts)
closeup view of sliced carrot cake loaf

Carrot Cake Spices

I love warm spices, and I love experimenting with combinations and flavors. For this loaf, I chose to include cinnamon, of course, as well as ginger and cardamom. Feel free to swap the cardamom with nutmeg if you prefer.

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Sliced Carrot Cake Loaf on a Wooden Board with Slices in the Background
Slices of carrot cake loaf

Easy Carrot Cake Loaf

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

This Carrot Cake Loaf is packed with flavor and grated carrots. Warm spices make it incredibly delicious, topped generously with cream cheese frosting!


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom (or nutmeg)
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 3 large carrots, grated (about 2 cups)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease and line a 9x5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs, vanilla, vegetable oil, and yogurt. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Using a rubber spatula, mix until just combined; fold in the carrots. Be careful not to overmix. Spoon the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
  4. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean. You may want to cover loosely with foil halfway through baking to prevent over browning.
  5. Let the cake sit in the pan for 10 minutes before turning onto a wire rack to cool completely. Then frost or glaze if desired.


Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Using an electric or stand mixer, mix together the cream cheese and butter until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Then add the sugar and vanilla; beat until smooth.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 346Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 331mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 2gSugar: 31gProtein: 6g

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    1. Hi Ellie! Yes, you can absolutely sub the applesauce for the oil. As far as sugar, I would reduce it to 1 cup of brown sugar and eliminate the granulated sugar. Would love to hear how it turns out if you make it!

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