What’s orange and sounds like a parrot? A carrot. While our sense of humor is dubious, carrots are actually no joke when it comes to being a versatile food. You might be surprised to learn that they feature in a whole range of desserts. Want proof? Today, we will introduce you to 21 carrot desserts for you to make at home. Amazing or what? Read on to find out more.
Carrot Cake Blondie Bars
Admit it, your thought we would start off with boring old carrot cake, didn’t you? While carrot cake is delicious, we prefer to work on some much nicer variations. Such as?
Well, blondies, for example! If you aren’t familiar with what blondies are, then let us enlighten you. They are the paler version of brownies.
They have all of the chewy texture but aren’t made with cocoa. Ours are super special. They contain lots of sweet and delicious ingredients like chunks of pineapple, crunchy nuts, and a fair helping of shredded carrot.
See Also: Check out these Peanut Butter Blondies
Cream Cheese Carrot Cake Bars
Looking for a little mid-afternoon sweet treat that you can squeeze into the corner of a lunchbox? Carrot cake bars are the answer. This isn’t any boring carrot cake, oh no!
We aren’t talking frosting. We are talking sweet cream cheese running through the center in a swirly marble effect. The good news is that you can freeze these too! Make a big batch, and you’ve got a nice treat every day of the week.
Best Ever Carrot Cake
Alright, alright! We give in. Here’s a carrot cake to keep you happy! The difference? Ours is possibly the best ever carrot cake! Try it and see for yourself! What makes it so special?
We make sure we include plenty of strong flavors such as cinnamon and oodles of sweet brown sugar. We also use baking soda and baking powder mixture to give it that signature lift and keep it all fluffy and light. The topping is super simple too.
Cream cheese, a little powder sugar, and a helping of tart lemon juice. You can have this one done from start to finish in less than an hour!
Crunchy Carrot Cheesecake
Rolled oats, butter, crushed cookies, and carrots. That’s pretty much all you need to make this tasty base. The carrots give it an orange hue.
Once set, we top the pastry case up with a mixture of delicious cream cheese, lemon juice, and a teaspoon of cinnamon.
If you want to make sure your cream cheese filling sets, here is a top tip. Use a leaf of gelatin dissolved in a quarter cup of boiling water. That way, when you cut into it, the filling won’t come spilling out!
Carrot Cake Cheesecake Bars
What do you get if you cross a cheesecake with a carrot cake? Nope, this isn’t a joke. The answer? Something that might be one of our all-time favorite carrot desserts. The base is made of sweet and fluffy carrot cake. The topping is filled with New York-style cheesecake. We chop these into rough squares, and they are good to go. You can keep these for up to 3 days, but they’ll be gone in one. Guaranteed!
Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies
Let’s face it, breakfast can be such a pain. No sooner have you opened your eyes than you are expected to stand in the kitchen cooking up a storm. Here’s the answer.
These healthy cookies can be made anytime and will keep for up to a week, so they are ideal if you want a quick breakfast.
They have oats within, meaning you’ll get a burst of slow-release energy to keep you going until lunchtime. We can’t get over that these actually contain plenty of carrots, nutritious and delicious!
Italian Carrot Cake
No, you don’t have to use Italian carrots. Yes, they are delicious. Want to know what the difference is between an Italian carrot cake and the regular version?
We puree the carrots before adding them to the recipe. This makes your cake batter so much smoother and really changes the texture of the cake.
By blitzing them, you release all of that carroty juice. This means the cake is a little denser and is super moist!
Vegan Carrot Cake
Isn’t carrot cake vegan already? Well, good job you asked, as it isn’t. Most cake batters contain a fair amount of butter and eggs… Not to mention cream cheese topping.
The good news is that this cake doesn’t contain either and instead opts for applesauce and oil as a good vegan alternative. Vegans don’t need to worry about missing out.
We’ve even created a vegan-friendly frosting that doesn’t contain any dairy whatsoever.
This might be your new favorite, whether you are vegan or not.
Carrot Cake Bites
So mind your fingers! What’s wrong with us today? It must be those carrots putting us in a good mood. Ever wanted to get stuck into a carrot cake but don’t want to overdo it?
These bite-sized pieces are just perfect for scratching that sweet itch without going over the top. The best bit?
This is 100% a no-bake recipe. It has all the taste of carrot cake, with a fraction of the cooking time. This is great for dinner parties or buffets. Be sure to save a couple, as they’ll vanish in seconds.
Fruit-Sweetened Carrot Cake Loaf
Think of this recipe a little bit like banana bread, but instead of something long and yellow, you’ve added something orange instead. We are, of course, talking about carrots.
This dense loaf is great as a dessert, but our favorite way to serve it is for breakfast, toasted, complete with a thick layer of butter. It is really filling, but the good news is that it is one of your five a day, so get stuck in!
Mini-Layered Carrot Cake
Want your guests cooing with appreciation.
This one looks super classy and tastes even better. We make little towers of fluffy carrot cake and sandwich a little cream cheese frosting between these layers. What you are left with is finger food that will have everyone fighting for the last one.
The key to this recipe is getting a really tiny cookie cutter and working in a production line. It’s a great one to make with the kids.
Carrot Cake Thumbprint Cookies
These cookies are so named as they look like someone has dolloped a thumb right in the middle of each cookie. But, here’s the thing.
They aren’t thumbprints. In fact, this is a mixture of sweetened goat’s cheese and fruit jam. Goats cheese actually provides the perfect counterpoint to these sweet little cookies. If you aren’t a fan, regular cream cheese can be used in its place.
Apple Carrot Cake Bars
When thinking of other crunchy foods that are packed full of sweetness, along with fiber vitamins, and minerals, your mind probably turns to apples.
Yup, ours too, and as a result, we came up with this delectable treat. Both apple and carrot work really well with cinnamon. And the best bit? They are a great way to get the kids to eat a little fruit and vegetables, all at once!
Pumpkin Carrot Cake
Speaking of things that are orange and tasty, have you considered using pumpkin in your cakes? Pumpkins are great, but there always seem to be lots leftover. This recipe is the ideal way to use up all that spare pumpkin. It is perfect as it adds taste, sweetness, and moisture to your cake. The best thing is it gives your carrot cake a bright orange hue. It’s the perfect fall dessert!
Carrot Cake Dessert Pizza
Yes, you read that right. We told you we had some great ideas in our list of 21 carrot desserts, and we meant it! This one is a popular favorite at kids’ parties. The dish is a sort of thin carrot cake base.
Your pizza ‘topping’ is a mixture of sweetened cream cheese along with chocolate, dates, cookie, and candied carrots. Don’t tell anyone, but we sometimes ‘lose’ a slice on the way to the dining room from the kitchen.
Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies
Hands up, who wants Oreos?
Those guys are going to have to think again as we’ve got a better idea. These little whoopie pies are part cake, part cookie, and fantastically tasty. We sandwich a layer of thick cream cheese between cookies that have been baked into small circles.
They are a fab idea for a buffet but go equally well when you want a naughty treat with your coffee. You can swap the centers out for vanilla ice cream too! If you bake a batch of these, you can guarantee that everyone will be shouting whoopie for sure.
Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls
Here, let us share a secret with you. Want the ideal flavor combo to go with carrots? It’s all about the cinnamon! This got us thinking. If only there was a recipe that was packed with cinnamon and carrots. The good news is that there is.
Carrot cake cinnamon rolls combine the best of carrot cake with the best of cinnamon rolls. They are absolutely great for an after-dinner treat, but we’ve also be known to make a few extra to make our lives much easier in the morning.
Be sure to give them a quick blast in the oven before serving to make sure they are nice, warm, and sticky.
Carrot Cake Donuts
Holy smokes, this is great! Carrot cake donuts are a wonderful handheld carrot dessert.
We don’t fill these ones, but now that we think about it, we could top them with apricot jam for the ultimate sweet treats! Traditional donuts are fried, which can be a bit unfriendly to your waistline.
These, however, are baked, meaning you can cut down on the calories! This dessert is made extra special by the donut frosting.
We mix cream cheese, pineapple juice, and butter to make something sweet and slightly acidic. Be sure to hide these away, as you won’t be able to stop at eating one.
Carrot Cake Ice Cream with Cream Cheese Frosting Swirls
Move over boring vanilla. The carrots are back in town. Why settle for a scoop of the usual when you can create something as wonderful as this?
We mix super-smooth ice cream with layers of crispy carrot, tasty cinnamon, a little fresh vanilla, and a huge helping of brown sugar.
As with any self-respecting carrot cake recipe, we also include a generous helping of cream cheese frosting. It just wouldn’t be a carrot cake dessert without it!
Carrot Cake Truffles
OK, we call them truffles, but a more accurate description would be to call them cake pops.
If you’ve made too much carrot cake or have got bits leftover from when you’ve been using a cookie cutter, this recipe is the ideal way to get rid of all the bits.
We combine chunks of crumbly carrot cake with cream cheese. We roll them and chill them, and once set, give them a dunk in white chocolate.
These are great to serve as a side to other desserts or equally tasty with a cup of tea at lunchtime.
Carrot Cake Ice Cream Sandwiches
While we love carrot cake in the fall, we don’t want to kiss it during the summer.
These little sandwiches are cool, refreshing, and super delicious. While you can make them with any ice cream, we recommend using something citrus-based. It will accurately represent a lemon and cream cheese frosting.
If you haven’t got a cookie-cutter, don’t worry, square ice cream sandwiches are just as tasty!
Boring carrot cake, this isn’t. Even our standard carrot cake recipe is a little bit special. We were amazed at how many desserts you can make with the humble carrot! Which on our list of 21 carrot desserts was your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.