Carrot bundt cake with cream cheese glaze is a showstopping festive cake that is light, fluffy, and moist. It is packed with grated carrots, cinnamon, vanilla, raisins, and walnuts for that warm holiday flavour and the best texture. The easy-to-make batter comes together in just 10 minutes, is baked in a round bundt cake pan, and comes out perfect every time. This carrot cake is topped with a homemade cream cheese glaze with walnuts on top. It's sweet, creamy, and savoury, and seriously looks just as amazing at it tastes. The perfect cake to make this spring for Easter.
Why You'll Love this Carrot Bundt Cake
- Rich, flavourful taste. Cinnamon and vanilla are superstars together, but when you add shredded carrots, brown sugar, raisins, and walnuts, the flavour of this carrot bundt cake is out of this world. Vegetables have never tasted so good.
- You can’t go wrong with the classics. Although the bundt pan is German, the French, English, and Swiss all claim the original carrot cake recipe as their own—it’s that good.
- It’s literally good for your eyes! While eating this cake every day might add more sugar to your diet than you want, this carrot cake is loaded with two cups of fresh carrots with a chock full of vitamin A, which aids in eye health!
- Moist, cakey texture. Freshly grated carrots bring more than vitamin A to the table. They add moisture, volume, and natural sugars to this carrot bundt cake. Healthy fats from the olive oil also lock in moisture, resulting in a perfect cakey texture.
To make this easy carrot bundt cake with cream cheese glaze, you will need the following ingredients:
- all-purpose white flour
- baking soda and baking powder
- ground cinnamon
- olive oil
- light brown sugar
- vanilla extract
- cream cheese glaze - made with cream cheese, butter, confectioners' sugar, milk, and crushed walnuts to sprinkle on top.
How to Make the Best Carrot Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
- Combine dry ingredients. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, raisins and walnuts. Whisk together until evenly distributed and combined.
- Combine wet ingredients. In another mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, olive oil, sugar, vanilla and carrots until smooth.
- Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Pour the wet mixture into dry flour mixture and fold together using a spatula until just combined and no dry ingredients are visible.
- Bake. Coat a 10-cup bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray and pour the batter inside. Bake in a 350 F preheated oven for 60-65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
- Cool. Let the carrot cake cool for 10-15 minutes in the bundt pan on a wire cooling rack, then turn it upside down onto the wire cooling rack to remove. Allow the cake to cool completely before frosting.
How to Make Cream Cheese Glaze
In a medium mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth and creamy. Add sugar and milk (½ tablespoon at a time) and beat until smooth and desired consistency is reached. The icing should be thin enough to pour but thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. If the icing is too thin, add in a little more sugar. If it is too thick, add in a little more milk.
Use a spoon to slowly drizzle the cream cheese glaze over the cooled bundt cake and sprinkle chopped walnuts on top.
Tips and Tricks
- How to store: Store this freshly baked carrot bundt cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days (if cream cheese glaze has not been added), or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week (if cream cheese glaze has been added).
- How to freeze: This carrot bundt cake freezes beautifully. To freeze, cut the baked and cooled carrot bundt cake into the portions you will want to thaw. Then, wrap each piece tightly in several layers of plastic wrap. Store in a freezer bag or airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. If possible, I would recommend freezing the cake before adding the glaze as it can smudge when storing. To eat, allow it to thaw overnight in the refrigerator or at room temperature.
- How to reheat: If desired, you can also warm up this carrot cake in the microwave, oven, or air fryer at 300F for 5-10 minutes until warmed through.
- How to make it dairy-free and vegan: This carrot bundt cake is already dairy-free without the frosting, and you can make it vegan by substituting the eggs with 1 cup of a vegan egg (like Just Egg) OR 1 cup of unsweetened applesauce.
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