This Loaded Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is loaded with fruit, nuts, and coconut. It's so full of flavor and texture - you'll never be able to get enough!
Easter makes me think of Carrot Cake. Is that true for everybody? Maybe it's the whole correlation between Easter Bunny being a rabbit (duh!) and rabbits eat carrots? Yeah, okay, I'm crazy.
But I've been craving carrot cake for the past couple of weeks... and here's what started it...
Several months ago, I was asked to make a from-scratch carrot cake. Specifically, the request was for a Cracker Barrel Carrot Cake.
Well, honestly guys... I don't eat carrot cake. Or rather I should say, I didn't eat carrot cake.
I had never made it before and when given a choice at a restaurant, church get-together, or pretty much any other event - it would be near the bottom of the list of desserts I'd choose to eat.
And this recipe? It's got coconut (I don't really like). Raisins (I could live without). And shredded carrots baked into a cake... who wants a shredded vegetable in their cake? Not I.
Until this. With a quick Swagbucks search, I found several "copycat" recipes, so I picked the one from Food.com and gave it a try.
Loaded Carrot Cake
Oh my goodness. This cake is fantastic!! I couldn't get enough of it!! I started calling it "loaded" carrot cake because it has so much stuff in it - walnuts and pecans. Pineapple and raisins. Coconut and spices. And of course, lots of fresh grated carrots.
Then of course, there's the smooth, delicious, cream cheese frosting on top. To. Die. For.
Frosting on top
The only change I would recommend is this... double the frosting! This is the type cake that you spread the frosting right onto the cake while it's still in the pan (cooled, of course) and when I spread it all out, the cake wasn't even fully covered.
So I made another batch and voila - perfection!!
I also think this Maple Brown Sugar Buttercream would pair really nicely with this carrot cake. Let me know if you try this combo!
I still haven't had carrot cake from Cracker Barrel, but if it tastes like this - I might have to consider ordering it sometime!
Did I miss any details? Do you have any questions about this cake? Please leave them in the comments!Print
Recipe adapted from Food.com.
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