Every once in a while we get a huge craving for carrot cake and we have to make some variation of it to satiate our sweet tooth. Traditional carrot cake, carrot cupcakes, we’re happy with anything! This time around we decided to try a carrot tea cake loaf and were not disappointed by the resultsthis sweet totally knocked it out of the park.
Now, a crucial element to any carrot cake is the cream cheese frosting. (Some might even say the frosting upstages the cake) Not wanting to miss out on that delicious component, we whipped up some delicious frosting and topped everything off with some crunchy walnuts. It’s absolutely perfect, if we do say so ourselves, so you should try it out for yourself and see how great it is!
Carrot Tea Cake
Yield: 1 loaf
- 1 1/2 cups freshly grated carrots
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 large, ripe banana, mashed
- 1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- walnuts, chopped, optional
- 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, room temperature
- 1/3 cup powered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 325º F and lightly grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan with butter or non-stick spray.
- In a small bowl, mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt together, and set aside.
- In a large bowl or mixer, cream together butter and sugar until fluffy and lightened in color. 3-4 minutes.
- Beat in eggs, one at a time, then add vanilla extract.
- Gradually add flour and mashed banana and mix until just combined.
- Fold in grated carrots and mix until evenly dispersed.
- Pour batter into greased loaf pan and place in oven. Bake for 55-60 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out mostly clean.
- Remove from oven and let cool 10 minutes, then turn out to wire rack to finish cooling.
- In a bowl or mixer, beat cream cheese until creamy and smooth, then gradually mix in powdered sugar and vanilla extract.
- Once desired consistency has been reached, spread frosting out over cooled loaf, top with chopped walnuts and enjoy!
Recipe adapted from How Sweet Eats