Vanilla Bean Carrot Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

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It’s already Wednesday!  We are just killing it this week aren’t we? I’m so proud of us.  We definitely deserve some cake.  I made this cake this weekend and it changed my life a little bit.  I told myself I would just have a bite.  Then just another. I would throw my fork in the sink… then grab another.  It is so moist, flavorful and packed with all that is right in the world.  I got theses amazing carrots from the farmers market and grated them up.

 Then I mixed the carrots with a bunch of delcious stuff.

 I thought square pans were appropriate.

 Once cooled I made a delicious cinnamon cream cheese frosting.

Sprinkle with cinnamon!


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Vanilla Bean Carrot Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting



  • 4 cups peeled and finely grated carrots
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 ½ cups vegetable oil
  • cup buttermilk
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
  • ½ cup crushed pineapple, well drained
  • ½ cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • teaspoon ground cloves


  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a bowl, whisk together carrots, eggs, sugar, oil, buttermilk, vanilla seeds, coconut and pineapple. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Stir flour mixture into carrot mixture until well combined. Grease pan or pans of your choice. I used 2 8" x 8" square pans. Bake for 35 - 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the pan comes out clean.
  • Let cool on a rack while making the frosting.
  • Beat cream cheese and butter together until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar, milk, cinnamon and vanilla. Depending on how thick you like your frosting you may need to add more powdered sugar or more milk.
  • Frost cake and sprinkle the top with cinnamon.
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  1. Yum! This looks delish!. I found you via Joy’s blog tips post. Hooray! I have some carrots in the fridge that are destined for a dessert. I’m thinking about making this into cupcakes. Will let you know if it happens. : )

  2. just delish, I make a carrot -zucchini waffle for the kids and you might try to add a little zucchini… xoxoooxo aunt chef melo