Carrot Cake Wreath

Moist, sweet and very wintery with spices and carrots, this is a delicious carrot cake perfect to take to a holiday party.

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The inspiration

I’ve wanted to make this carrot cake ever since I saw the recipe on a blog I follow called the dutch baker thedutchbaker. ย She raved about her carrot cupcake recipe describing it as “Super moist without being overly soggy or mushy with a nice fluffy texture to the cake.”ย 

Since I was making this carrot cake for a Christmas dinner gathering with my cousins I decided to make it in the shape of a wreath so I could have some fun decorating it.ย 

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My favorite carrot Cake cupcake from the dutchbaker
with a few modifications

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups (190gms) all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1/4 heaping teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (100gms) white sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50gms) soft dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (125mls) oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup (60gms) unsweetened applesauce or crushed pineapple
  • 1 1/2 cups (225gms) finely shredded carrots – note: my carrots released a lot of water when finely shredded, I squeezed the juice out of the shredded carrots before adding them to the flour.
  • 1/4 cup raisins

Cream cheese frosting

  • 6 tablespoons (65gms) butter
  • 1/2 cup (4oz) brick style cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups (190gms) icing sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 โ€“ 2 tablespoons sour cream/whipping cream, if needed
  • Pinch of salt, optional

Directions:

Mix all the dry ingredients together.

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Next mix all the eggs, vanilla, oil, and applesauce together. Combine with the dry ingredients. Then add in the raisins and carrots and mix in.

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Pour into a bundt pan and bake for 50 minutes – 1 hour until a toothpick comes out clean.

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Cool completely before removing from the pan.

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Time to decorate!

I started with adding the cream cheese frosting and then sprinkled chopped roasted pistachios and colored sugar crystals.

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Can’t forget my garden embellishments๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒฟ

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I used red ivy geranium and variegated scented geranium leaves for natural cake decoration.

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Kids and adults loved the cake!

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Try this outstanding carrot cake recipe whether in a cupcake form or a cake form, it’s one delicious cake! ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿฐย  .

23 thoughts on “Carrot Cake Wreath”

  1. Wow !!!!! i love Carrots in any form … Raw or Cooked … Dolly , u are full of so many mouth watering culinary Delights …. Here is wishing You , Hitesh , Sreedevi and Anjali and Rani a very Happy and Healthy 2018 and beyond … Love , maami ….

  2. HARIH OM

    Merry X’mas and happy New Year, my prayers blessings and best wishes to all in the family for a heailthy prosperous many many more years to come.

    I love carrot halwa and I had it last evening (Sunday) at the local restaurant!

    Love to all.

    OM TAT SAT

    1. Carrot halwa sounds delicious Dad. This carrot cake was delicious too, next time I will add cardamom so it will taste like a carrot halwa ๐Ÿ˜‹.

      Merry Christmas Dad! โค๏ธ๐ŸŽ„

  3. The cake looks gorgeous and sounds delicious! Will have to make this soon if not sooner!๐Ÿ˜œ. As always, your photos look amazing, my dear!โค๏ธ

    Happy holidays!๐ŸŽ„

  4. Ohh woww! This looks absolutely wonderful!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love LOVE how the cake looks like this as a wreath, it looks fantastic and very festive! I can’t believe I never thought about making a cake like this ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d like to share your cake along with a link to your post here if that’s okay with you? I have a few people asking me for Christmas cake ideas and I think this is amazing!

    I love the extra additions you added too, ill def be trying the cake this way, I love the extra spice!

    Im sooooo happy you enjoyed this cake and I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas my dear friend <3

    1. Your carrot cake recipe is outstanding!! Everyone loved it! Please feel free to share this wreath carrot cake post – I am so happy you liked this idea!!! I really enjoyed making this cake, I had fun with it.

      Loved the fresh ginger in the cake. The raisins – its a Southern idea – growing up in the South in Texas carrot cake is made with carrots, pineapples and raisins, so that is what i used as you had mentioned I could substitute crushed pineapple instead of apple sauce.

      Thank you for a great recipe!

      Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!! โค๏ธ

      1. Aw thank you again! Yup Ive shared it on my Facebook page ๐Ÿ˜€ you’ve actually given me a few great ideas with your decorations here. Im thinking of making some sort of coconut chocolate cake bundt cake now with shredded coconuts as snowflakes ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜‰

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