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15 Delicious and Delightful Carrot Cakes for Spring

Carrot cake is one of my very favorite desserts to make for Easter. It fits so well with the whole bunny theme, and it feels springy and light to me. My personal favorite thing about carrot cake is the cream cheese frosting. My grandmother always made it for me in a sheet pan — hold the raisins and nuts, please — and would frost it with a double layer of cream cheese frosting because she knew it was my favorite. It was simply to die for. These days I love to add a flavor to the frosting and bake it in layers, but the essence of it is still the same. Whether it is traditional, innovative, or anywhere in the middle, serving carrot cake is a great spring traditional for Easter and beyond!

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    Carrot Cake in a Jar

    This fun way to bake carrot cake is always a hit with kids. The recipe is the same old cake that you love, only this time it is baked in a glass jar to make perfect individual portions!

    Photo: Paula Jones

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    Dulce de Leche Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies

    Nicole does an amazing job with her carrot cake — she makes it into whoopie pies and then smothers it with delectable dulce de leche. There is nothing better then a little extra on this handheld version of the classic dessert!

    Photo: Nicole Presley

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    Pineapple Carrot Cake Muffins with Cream Cheese Frosting

    These delicious muffins are lightened up with a couple of secret ingredients. They reduce the fat and add flavor without changing the texture or taste of the muffin at all! These bites would be perfect for any kind of spring gathering or Easter buffet.

    Photo: Babble Editors

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    Carrot Cake Pancakes

    Carrot cake can also be translated into pancakes! This new way to eat carrot cake is perfect for breakfast and is full of flavor. Enjoy it with butter and syrup and fresh fruit on the side.

    Photo: Brooklyn Supper

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    Chunky Carrot Cake Cookies

    These Martha Stewart-inspired cookies are perfect for everyday snacking or taking to school. They are sweet and light and full of flavor from the raisins and fresh shredded carrot.

    Photo: Jennifer Leal

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    Cinnamon Carrot Poke Cake

    This sheet-pan carrot cake is full of flavor from pineapple, coconut, cinnamon, and a rich buttermilk glaze. It is essentially the richest, most dense cake you can ever, ever eat. It is perfect for a big Easter meal, or for just an everyday celebration.

    Photo: Julie's Eats & Treats

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    Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

    Carrot cake lends itself beautifully to cupcakes. These single-serving cakes taste just like a big slice of traditional layered carrot cake only they are easier to transport! The orange frosting adds terrific sweetness and flavor to the cupcake so don't skimp on the juice!

    Photo: Dessert Now Dinner Later

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    Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies

    These delightful bite-size carrot cakes are perfect for kids or parties. Instead of serving massive slices of cake you can make them into perfect handheld portions.

    Photo: Dessert Now Dinner Later

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    Skinny Carrot Cake Truffles

    Oh la la ... carrot cake gets a fancy makeover when it is turned into a truffle. This two-bite carrot cake is ideal for large parties or for an extra special spring gathering.

    Photo: Food Faith & Fitness

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    Best Birthday Carrot Cake

    If you are making a carrot cake for a spring birthday celebration then this is the recipe for you. It is three layers of carrot cake goodness topped with cream cheese frosting and lots of chopped toasted walnuts. One sliver is all you'll need and this cake will feed a lot of guests so invite everyone over!

    Photo: Grumpys Honey Bunch

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    Mini Easter Carrot Cakes

    These adorable mini carrot cakes are low-fat and gluten-free thanks to the use of coconut flour and Greek yogurt. They would be adorable on your Easter table. Be sure to pile them high with mini eggs for the kids!

    Photo: Food Faith & Fitness

  • Mango Ginger Carrot Cake with Candied Ginger Cream Cheese Frosting 12 of 15
    Mango Ginger Carrot Cake

    This sweet and fruity carrot cake is full of spices, from the ginger and mellow sweetness to a hint of mango flavors. One thick slice will more than satisfy your craving for carrot cake. It is large enough for a crowd and looks so festive on the table!

    Photo: NL Rock Recipes

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    Vegan Whole Wheat Carrot Cake Muffins

    Carrot cake gets a healthy vegan makeover with these moist and flavorful muffins. They are perfect for a spring breakfast or brunch, or a low-fat dessert!

    Photo: Fannetastic Foodie

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    Whole Wheat Carrot Cake

    Carrot cake is just as delicious when made with whole grains and is even healthier for you. This gorgeous three-layer cake is perfect for any carrot cake fan who wants to give their favorite spring dessert a slightly healthier edge.

    Photo: Texanerin

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    Cream Cheese Carrot Cake Bars

    If cheesecake and carrot cake got together and had a baby, this is what it would be. In this delectable cake, cheesecake is swirled into a fresh carrot cake and baked to perfection. It is the best of both worlds and is bound to be the hit of the party!

    Photo: Dessert Now Dinner Later

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