This carrot cake loaf is basically like the best carrot cake, but in convenient bread form. Easy to slice, serve, and most importantly, enjoy, this Carrot Bread is covered in a delicious cream cheese glaze for the perfect cake-to-frosting ratio!

Carrot bread is like carrot cake in loaf form, which makes it perfectly acceptable to enjoy at breakfast. For some reason, it seems to be a spring favorite, but I think it should be enjoyed year round!

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The other day, a friend of mine mentioned that she loves all of my bread recipes and suggested I make a carrot cake bread.

I’ve made carrot cake muffins and carrot cake cookies, so why not carrot bread?

Carrot Cake Loaf

You’ll find that carrot loaf is easier to slice and store than the traditional cake. In fact, you can even freeze it because you know you’ll want to save some for later.

I serve this carrot cake loaf 12 months out of the year, but if you’re looking for more easy Easter ideas, you can find a comprehensive list of all my Easter Recipes here, including my Cottontail Easter Cupcakes and Carrot Cake Cheese Ball. So many to choose from!

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Why You’ll Love It

DELICIOUS – You know how some carrot cake recipes are cloyingly sweet because they’re loaded with cream cheese frosting? This carrot bread has the perfect icing-to-loaf ratio—it’s just sweet enough without overdoing it.

VERSATILE – It can be enjoyed for breakfast, snack, or dessert! It’s a sweet treat any time, for any occasion, but easy enough to whip up on a weekday.

MOIST – Yes, I know, everyone hates that word, but we all love super moist quick bread recipes! And all those carrots give this carrot cake loaf a nice, tender crumb.

QUICK AND EASY – Only 10 minutes of hands-on time and the oven does the rest!

A carrot cake loaf topped with cream cheese glaze

Shopping List

  • White Granulated Sugar
  • All Purpose Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Carrots
  • Cream Cheese
  • Unsalted Butter
  • Powdered Sugar
A carrot cake loaf topped with cream cheese glaze

Variations and Substitutions

  • All-purpose flour – To make this recipe gluten-free, swap the all-purpose flour for a gluten-free measure-for-measure all-purpose flour substitute.
  • Egg – Let this come to room temperature.
  • Milk – Use any kind of milk you have on hand.
  • Vegetable oil – Canola oil is fine too.
  • Icing Substitution – Instead of the cream cheese icing, you can sprinkle sugar crystals over the top of the loaf for a crunchy topping that’s a bit less sweet.
  • Add Nuts – Fold chopped walnuts into the batter after adding the carrots if you like nuts in your carrot cake.
  • Add Raisins – You can even soak raisins in spiced rum, then drain off the liquid and fold the raisins into the carrot loaf batter.
Cream cheese glaze pouring over a baked carrot bread loaf.

Ingredient Tips

Shortcut

Buy grated carrots from the grocery store and save yourself the work of grating them yourself.

A small food processor

Tool to Use

Cream cheese glaze pouring over a baked carrot bread loaf.
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Baking Tips

  • Don’t over-mix! You only need to mix until the dry ingredients are mostly incorporated into the wet; a few streaks of flour are fine.
  • You can allow the carrot bread to cool completely on a wire rack which will set the icing, or you can serve it warm. The choice is yours!
  • Place the loaf on a wire rack set over a piece of foil before icing. The excess will drip onto the foil and then you can throw it away for easy cleanup.
  • You can make one large loaf pan or, if you prefer, 6 miniature loaf pans. Just reduce the baking time. I love using miniature loaf pans for easy gifting.
A carrot cake loaf topped with cream cheese glaze

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are carrots used in baking?

Carrots are a great addition to baked goods because they provide moisture and sweetness. The natural sugars in carrots caramelize when baked, giving the bread a sweet flavor. Carrots can be grated, chopped, or mashed and added to the batter for a unique texture as well.

Do carrots need to be peeled before shredding?

As long as you wash the carrots well, there’s no need to peel them.

Can you leave carrot cake with cream cheese frosting out overnight?

If your kitchen isn’t too warm, you can leave carrot cake (or this carrot cake bread) out overnight, but not any longer than that. The sugar will help preserve the cream cheese frosting for a short amount of time, but beyond that, it will need to be refrigerated.

A carrot cake loaf topped with cream cheese glaze

How to Store

  • Room Temperature – This loaf can sit out at room temperature (un-frosted) for up to 3-4 days. If you frost it, refrigerate it instead!
  • Refrigerate – Refrigerate carrot bread in an airtight container or wrapped in plastic for up to 4 days.
  • Freezer – To freeze carrot bread, cover in plastic wrap and place in a freezer bag. This will prevent any freezer odors from seeping in, along with freezer burn.
A carrot cake loaf topped with cream cheese glaze
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Carrot Cake Loaf

Carrot Bread is the best carrot cake, in bread form – it's easy to slice, serve and most importantly, enjoy. This Carrot Cake Loaf is covered in a delicious cream cheese glaze for the perfect bread to frosting ratio!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes
Total: 55 minutes
Servings: 14
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Ingredients  

Cake:

Topping:

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350℉.  Grease 1 lb loaf pan and set aside.
  • Combine sugar, flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.  Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl/mixer, beat egg, milk and oil.
  • Gradually add dry mixture to wet until just moist. Add grated carrots.
  • Pour into loaf pan and bake 50 minutes or until golden brown and set.
  • Combine topping ingredients and warm 15 seconds in a microwave until smooth and pourable, if needed. Pour over bread and serve.

Julie’s Tips

  • Don’t over-mix! You only need to mix until the dry ingredients are mostly incorporated into the wet; a few streaks of flour are fine.
  • You can allow the carrot bread to cool completely on a wire rack which will set the icing, or you can serve it warm. The choice is yours!
  • Place the loaf on a wire rack set over a piece of foil before icing. The excess will drip onto the foil and then you can throw it away for easy cleanup.
  • You can make one large loaf pan or, if you prefer, 6 miniature loaf pans. Just reduce the baking time. I love using miniature loaf pans for easy gifting.
Calories: 216kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 96mg | Potassium: 133mg | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 1mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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How to Make

  1. Prep – Preheat your oven as directed. Grease loaf pan with cooking spray or butter.
  2. Mix the dry ingredientsWhisk them together in a medium bowl. 
  3. Combine the wet ingredients – In a mixing bowl or mixer, beat the wet ingredients.
  4. Finish the batter – Slowly add the dry mixture to the wet mixture until just moist. Fold in the grated carrots.
  5. Bake – Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake as directed. Let it cool, then remove it from the pan.
  6. Ice – In the fitted bowl of your mixer, combine the icing ingredients. Warm a little until it is smooth and pourable. Pour the icing over the bread.

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24 Comments

    1. I haven’t tested miniature loaves for this particular bread, but I’d start at 40 minutes and use the toothpick test.

  1. 5 stars
    I have made this twice in one week! It is so easy and delicious! Love it! Took one to my mom. she loved it and carrot cake is her favorite!

  2. 5 stars
    Hi Julie! This looks amazing! But, for some reason the ingredients and instructions are not showing. Is there any other place I can find it? Thank you!