Carrot Cake Bundt Cake

Bring on the Easter egg hunts and Spring baking with this Carrot Cake Bundt Cake!

Bring on the Easter egg hunts and Spring baking with this Carrot Cake Bundt Cake!One of the best things about being a parent is sharing traditions with your child.  To be fair, I’m still a big kid at heart, so “sharing traditions” means reliving them in real time.  (Laura just shakes her head at me when I want to watch cartoons and eat doughnuts on Saturday mornings!)  Robbie is growing like a weed these days, and he’s actually learning to take his first few steps.  I suspect by the time it’s warm outside, he’ll be running around the yard…hopefully avoiding all of the holes that the moles left over the winter.

Bring on the Easter egg hunts and Spring baking with this Carrot Cake Bundt Cake!But with Easter coming up quickly, I wanted to introduce Robbie to the concept of Easter egg hunts.  I remember having epic Easter egg hunts with all of my cousins when I was a kid, so I needed to develop a rigorous training regimen for Robbie.  After all, he is the youngest of his cousins, and we can’t have him being left behind in the Easter egg hunt!  I’m trying to teach him that he needs to think like the Easter bunny.  As soon as he understands that, he’ll know exactly where to go to find all of the eggs…including that elusive golden egg!

Carrot cake is another Easter tradition around our house.  Easter just isn’t the same without some sort of carrot cake…be it a traditional cake, cupcakes or even a cheesecake.  But I decided to add to the carrot cake assortment this year with this Carrot Cake Bundt Cake.

I love a good bundt cake, so I figured it would be fun to make this year’s carrot cake in bundt cake form.  And since carrot cakes require cream cheese frosting, I added a bit more milk to my go-to brown sugar cream cheese frosting to make it pourable.  Garnish that bad boy with some chopped walnuts, and you’ve got a mighty tasty Easter dessert ready to go!

Bring on the Easter egg hunts and Spring baking with this Carrot Cake Bundt Cake!So I might have cut into this cake and let Robbie nibble on a few bites.  He needs to understand the importance (and the deliciousness) of carrot cake!  Sure enough, he loved it and started making his hand motion for “more.”  I’m pretty sure that kid would’ve eaten the entire cake if we had let him!  But instead we went back to the Easter eggs and our training program.  So far, so good…his cousins won’t stand a chance!

Bring on the Easter egg hunts and Spring baking with this Carrot Cake Bundt Cake!You guys know by now that I love Bob’s Red Mill.  They make a huge assortment of flours, grains, beans, oats, etc.  (In fact, their Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour is one of my all-time favorite products whenever I need to bake a gluten-free treat!)  For this Carrot Cake Bundt Cake, I used Bob’s Red Mill Organic Unbleached All-Purpose Flour.  This flour is unbleached, unbromated and comes from certified organic U.S.-grown wheat.  This flour is one of my go-to’s, and I always keep a bag in my pantry.  (Actually, I keep that bag along with other baking ingredients in a small closet in the basement.  Our house has the smallest pantry ever.  Either that, or I have way too many baking ingredients.  Laura would tell you it’s the latter…)

Bring on the Easter egg hunts and Spring baking with this Carrot Cake Bundt Cake!For me, baking is full of tradition and memories.  The smell of home and chocolate chip cookies.  The taste of warm homemade pound cake topped with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.  The anticipation of carrot cake at Easter.  And that’s where this Carrot Cake Bundt Cake comes in!  Bob’s Red Mill’s organic all-purpose flour worked beautifully…like it does every single time, and this cake came out perfectly.  (Well, minus the one corner where I had to sample a bite…at least I waited until I took the photos!)

What are your Easter baking traditions?  And more importantly, do you want to challenge Robbie to an Easter egg hunt?

Bring on the Easter egg hunts and Spring baking with this Carrot Cake Bundt Cake!

Carrot Cake Bundt Cake

Bring on the Easter egg hunts and Spring baking with this Carrot Cake Bundt Cake!
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Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 513kcal

Ingredients

For the Cake

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs room temperature
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp salt
  • cups carrots peeled and grated (~4 medium carrots)
  • 2 cups walnuts chopped
  • cup raisins

For the Frosting

  • 6 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter softened
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ tsp cinnamon
  • cups powdered sugar
  • 2-2½ Tbsp milk
  • {garnish} ⅔ cup walnuts toasted and chopped

Instructions

For the Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a standard bundt pan; set aside.
  • Using a large bowl, add sugar, oil and eggs; mix until well combined. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt; mix until well combined.
  • Add dry ingredients to the bowl with the sugar; mix until well combined. Add carrots, walnuts and raisins; mix until well combined.
  • Pour batter into greased pan. Bake at 350°F for 60-65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into cake comes out mostly clean.
  • Allow cake to cool at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before removing from pan.

For the Frosting

  • Using a countertop mixer, add the cream cheese and butter; mix on medium speed until well combined.
  • Add brown sugar, vanilla extract, and cinnamon; mix until smooth.
  • Add the powdered sugar ½ cup at a time. Add milk until frosting loosens enough to be pourable (but still thick).
  • Pour frosting around top of cake.
  • Garnish with toasted chopped walnuts.

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Bring on the Easter egg hunts and Spring baking with this Carrot Cake Bundt Cake!

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32 Comments

  1. YES – You bet I want to challenge Robbie to an Easter Egg hunt – though if he started fake coughing and laughing (like he did in that video Laura shared ) I would end up sharing all my loot/eggs with him! True story – that’s what Lil Shashi did when she was younger. No matter if the Egg Hunt was at home or elsewhere, She’d fill her basket up – be the leader in the Egg Hunt game, then, I’d turn my back for a sec and when I turned back around, she’d be emptying all her eggs into the baskets of other kids!!! She used to always say, “well momma their baskets were empty and i’m supposed to share” Hehe – not sure where she got that from! Now though, I’m not sure she or I would be sharing this cake with anyone! I love cake and Carrot cake is in my top three – but carrot cake in bundt form with that creamy pourable cream cheese frosting – ooh – this might just take first place! Time to break my drone out – or, I’ll just stop by this September when(if) I move there? 🙂

    1. Haha! See I think you fell into Robbie’s trap, Shashi. The fake coughing is a strategy for him to beat you at the Easter egg hunt! You just stop and laugh at him while he steals all of your eggs. Pretty smart, huh? 🙂 Hahaha at the story about Lil Shashi! She just wanted to share with her friends. Isn’t that what we want to teach our kids anyways?? This carrot cake bundt cake is mighty tasty, and I’m sure your drone enjoyed snacking on it. Haha! Thanks, Shashi!

  2. I don’t know if I want to challenge Robbie to an Easter Egg Hunt. You know I never did that as a kid!! Crazy, huh? We did colour boiled eggs with food colouring and decorate, though. Since Robbie has such an experienced trainer, I think he would easily get the golden egg, lol! I love a good carrot cake and it definitely is one of my faves. I can’t blame ya for taking a corner out of the cake….how could you not?? That pic of Robbie with the bunny ears is just too cute!

    1. Wait. You never participated in an Easter egg hunt as a kid? Ok. That’s it. It’s you vs. Robbie! But don’t wait until next year on this one…I suspect you have the upper hand this year, but by next year it’s anyone’s game! Haha! This cake turned out quite well, and we shared it with some of Laura’s coworkers. It might still be cold outside, but we’re getting everyone in the mood for Spring! 🙂 Thanks, Dawn!

    1. GiGi! I’m still imagining your husband trying all of that healthy food…and I’m still laughing until I cry. But I gotta say…this carrot cake is definitely a 2 fig newton recipe! 🙂 Are you ready to challenge little Robbie in an Easter egg hunting contest?

  3. Wow, this looks delicious. Mike loves Carrot Cake. I should make him one and surprise him.

    Your son seems to like the rabbit ears much more than my dog Bailey does. I put antlers on Bailey every Christmas for pictures. It cracks me up, but Bailey is not amused!

    1. Hey there, SueAnn! You should totally make Mike a carrot cake for Easter this year. I have a good carrot cake…in any form. 🙂 And I can only imagine Bailey with antlers on. If antlers aren’t his thing, maybe he’ll like bunny ears instead? (And for the record, those antlers stayed on Robbie’s head for all of 1.3 seconds. I just happened to get a photo in that time!) Hope you guys are having a great week so far, SueAnn!

  4. Yum! I’ve carrot cake, my favorite cake. I need to make a gluten free version and hope it will come out somewhere in the ballpark of this one. Robbie looks so precious with his rabbit ears, you’ll have a wonderful Easter with him.

    1. Oh, you could totally make a gluten-free carrot cake, Cathy! Just sub in Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten Free Flour for the all purpose flour. (That’s the flour I used back during the holidays to make that Gluten Free Gingerbread Bundt Cake…and it’s amazing!) Thank you so much for the kind words about Robbie…he’s growing up SO fast. I can’t take it!!

  5. Oh Man! Everyone is sharing pictures of carrot cake, and I’m over here trying to lose weight. LOL Oh well. Carrot cake is one of my favorite cakes, but I’m particular on who makes it, my mom puts pineapples and lots of cinnamon in hers, then comes that deliciously creamy cream cheese frosting. OMG, My mouth is watering as I type. I used to request them for every birthday. You just inspired me to restart that tradition. Sharing tradition with your kids is so special. I can’t wait to have a few of my own, so I can start taco Tuesday, Sunday night dinners, and Wednesday Kite Day. I can’t believe Robbie is taking his first steps, time is flying by David.

    1. Haha…I hear ya, Mary! We have to share all of our desserts with Laura’s coworkers so that we don’t eat them all ourselves. (I was sharing them with the curling club, but the season is over now…bummer.) Hang in there! If we can lose weight with all of these tasty desserts around, then you can, too! It’s all about portion control. 🙂 Wednesday Kite Day, eh? Sounds like fun! You are seriously going to be the best mom ever, Mary! I can’t wait to follow along! (And, yes, Robbie is growing up fast…way too fast. I can’t take it!) Thanks so much, my friend!

  6. I’d love to challenge Robbie to an Easter Egg hunt but I can imagine that I would not stand a chance after your rigorous training regimen for Robbie 🙂 So sweet that he is taking his first few steps, how exciting! Easter traditions are so much fun, we loved running around in the garden finding Easter treats. A good slice of carrot cake is one of the best things about Easter for me nowadays. Your carrot cake looks gorgeous, fluffy and moist. Have a great weekend, David!

    1. Haha! So I think you might be able to take Robbie in the Easter egg challenge this year…he’s still learning the robes. He currently takes the eggs and ‘slam dunks’ them through his basketball hoop. He’s getting there! 🙂 But by next year? Watch out! That kid is going to be an Easter egg hunting machine. Thanks so much, Miriam…hope you have a wonderful, carrot-cake filled weekend!

  7. This is one yummy-looking cake! I absolutely love carrot cake, especially at this time of year. Tell Robbie that thinking like the Easter bunny really is key–I was egg hunt queen growing up so I know what I’m talking about. I’ll totally challenge him to a hunt!

    1. Uh oh…the first challenger! I’ve been training Robbie to hunt down all of the eggs…even the ones hidden under the border grass. You better bring your A-game, Kelsie! 🙂 Just kidding! But thank you so much for the kind words…I do love a good carrot cake, too!

  8. LOVE carrot cake and this one looks scrumptious Dave.
    Look at Robbie, growing up so fast! Crazy….
    I do remember once we had a Easter egg hunt and not all were retrieved. We found it later in a shoe in the closet… wafting it’s goodness after getting stepped accidentally. No bueno! 🙂

    1. This is indeed one scrumptious carrot cake, Kevin! I love carrot cake, too, and I can’t imagine Easter going by without a carrot cake of some form. Robbie is growing up so fast…maybe even too fast?? I swear he grew like 6 months over the weekend. Oh no…that egg in the shoe trick? Ugh. I can only imagine the look on your face after that one! Haha! Maybe you should recreate that event for Dave this year? 🙂

    1. You totally should make a carrot cake! I love a good carrot cake, and I can’t imagine Easter going by without a slice! 🙂 Thanks, Caroline!

  9. I don’t eat carrot cake often, but you’re making me crave it right now! Easter makes me think of my grandma, who gave all of us grandkids Easter baskets way past childhood. After I moved to California, she would send me Easter presents in the mail 🙂 I’m sure that it’s a blast teaching your kiddo holiday pastimes and passing those traditions down for him to love!

    1. Yeah, I hear ya, Nicole! We have to be very careful about cake around here, too…but Easter just requires a good carrot cake. 🙂 Gosh, I love that your Grandma kept on sending you Easter baskets even after you moved away. My Mom just sent Robbie an Easter basket in the mail, so we’ll have to save that for him until Easter morning. Thank you so much, my friend…hope you guys are doing well out there!

    1. That little bunny brought us a carrot cake! Ok, maybe he didn’t bring the cake…but he sure helped nibble on it. 🙂 Carrot cake is one of those weird ones…I, too, avoided it as a kid because of the thought of carrots in my cake. But now it’s a favorite! Thanks, Arman!

    1. Hah…well, thank you very much, Emily! To be fair, Robbie is an easy kid when he’s in a good mood. (Like all kids, he’s got his more ‘trying’ moments, but fortunately those are pretty few.) This cake is a favorite around here for Easter! I hope you get a chance to try it out! 🙂

  10. Hi-Happy late Easter. I spent nearly 37 uninterrupted years in Alaska where you crave fresh produce in spring, especially berries! So as the first strawberries came in by air or barge, I’d grab some and make homade strawberry shortcake and real whipped cream- yum! Like carrot cake especially my mom’s recipe. Yours was lovely! Intrigued by the icing recipe. Your little bunny is adorable. Liked the stories 🐇🐣 too.
    I just made 3 cakes for church Sunday-carrot cupcakes well-iced with cream cheese frosting w/ground toasted pecans & toasted coconut, a Black Midnight Cake, and a Cinnamon Roll Cake. They were well received! Some folks just love cake!
    God bless you with a great summer – are gardening lessons next? 😃 Cathy

    1. Hey there, Cathy! Happy belated Easter to you, too! 🙂 Wow…37 years in Alaska? I’ve never been up to Alaska, but it’s on my list of places to visit. But I can really imagine the craving for fresh berries! And I thought it was bad here in upstate New York in the spring…

      And it sounds like you are quite the baker as well! 3 cakes for church? That’s impressive! And they all sound incredible. I’m a sucker for anything carrot cake, and I’m totally intrigued by the Black Midnight Cake and the Cinnamon Roll Cake, too. I’m glad they were well received! I know I would have been quite happy with those! 🙂

      And funny that you mention gardening as I just spent the past weekend planting our summer garden. I might have to write a post about that sometime soon. I have a few tips to share, and I’d love to hear other people’s tips, too…especially about keeping rabbits away! Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. It really means a lot to me! Don’t be a stranger if you see other posts that sound fun, too. I’m out here, and I will always respond! 🙂

  11. Hi
    This carrot cake looks incredible. I would like your help adjusting it to 8,000 feet above sea level. Will be anxiously waiting for your reply. Can’t wait to make it.
    Thanks , Diana in Ecuador

    1. Why thank you very much for the kind words, Diana! As far as baking at 8,000 feet, I’m not sure I can offer a lot of personal advice as I’ve never baked at that altitude before. There are some really great resources out there online as to how to adjust a recipe for high altitude baking, and I would recommend trying those out. For starters, this one (http://dish.allrecipes.com/high-altitude-cake-baking/) hits on the basics. I hope this helps! It sounds like high altitude baking is a bit of a trial-and-error process, though. Good luck! This cake is super delicious, so I hope it works out up there at 8,000 feet! 🙂

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