Carrot Sheet Cake

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Carrot-Sheet-CakeI love Easter for many reasons, but I particularly love the tradition we started with Kale’s family a few years ago. It all starts on the Saturday before Easter when we take the kids to an egg hunt in town. Then we head over to the Arts festival in St. George to look at the art and enjoy awesome food. They have the best navajo tacos ever! After we eat we go to the car show in Hurricane that has all kinds of cool vintage cars to look at. The kids have a blast! 

On Easter Sunday I make a big family feast and invite everyone over. I always have to make my favorite carrot cake for dessert, but this year’s dessert will be just a tiny bit different. I have a new favorite I’ll be serving- Carrot Sheet Cake! This sheet cake, my friends, is a carrot cake lovers dream. It’s so simple but so yummy. It’s smooth and packed full of carrot and cinnamon flavor. I don’t add any nuts or pineapple because I feel it takes away from the main flavor.

Oh, and the cream cheese frosting- it makes this cake! 

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Carrot Sheet Cake
 
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An incredibly delicious carrot cake that can serve a crowd!
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Ingredients
  • 1¼ cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups grated carrots (about 4 medium carrots)
Cream Cheese Frosting
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 (8 oz.) block cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3½ cups powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray a 12x17-inch sheet pan with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  2. Beat applesauce, sugar and eggs in a large bowl until combined. In a seperate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Gradually beat this mixture into the wet mixture. Fold in carrots. Spread batter evenly into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake 20 to 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
  4. For Frosting: Beat butter and cream cheese until creamy and fluffy. Add in almond extract and powdered sugar. Beat until smooth.
  5. Spread on top of cake. Slice into squares and serve!
Notes
Store any leftovers in fridge up to 3 days.
*The carrots on top are made of colored candy coating. I melted orange and green separately then piped out the carrot design onto parchment paper. Let harden then place on cake.

 

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13 thoughts on “Carrot Sheet Cake

  1. So excited to try your version. I am allergic to citrus fruits and so many carrot cakes have pineapple that can’t be omitted and still taste right. I love carrot cake! Thank you!

  2. I love Carrot Cake but not a fan of the raisins, nuts and pineapple, so I will definitely be making this version. As for the event your family goes to each year before Easter, can you provide the name of it? I’m from Vegas and I know several people that would love to see the art and then attend the car show. My husband has two “oldies” and I know would go in a heartbeat!

    1. Hi Tami! You will love this one if you’re not a fan of carrot cake loaded with all the other stuff (like me) 🙂 As for the Arts Festival in St.George that’s just what it’s called. Its held on Main Street always on Easter weekend.. And the car show in Hurricane is the ‘Easter Car Show’ and it’s held on the same Saturday as the arts festival. Here’s a link to their website: http://eastercarshow.com/

      1. I am making this carrot cake for tonight but l really like the taste of pineapple so l will put just a bit hope it will taste good

    1. I purchased a dessert knife made of silicone from Amazon. It was only $7 or $8 and it doesn’t scratch non-stick surfaces. Perfect for cakes 🙂

  3. Can you reduce size of cake, I have a smaller crowd and only need serving for 12. Maybe I could make in cupcake form ?

  4. Oh! Quante belle ricette! Complimenti!! Anche io ho un blog, proverò a fare qualche tua ricetta! Ti seguirò, anche se non parlo inglese…quindi mi toccherà usare il traduttore! Ciaooo

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