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.


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 


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


  • 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


Mix all the dry ingredients together.


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.


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


Cool completely before removing from the pan.


Time to decorate!

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


Can’t forget my garden embellishments๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒฟ


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


Kids and adults loved the cake!


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 ….


    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.


    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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