Delicious Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Swirl!

If there’s anyone who has got a sweet tooth it’s me! Listen, once I start I just can’t stop! I have tried several carrot cake recipes throughout the years and I decided I’d develop my own. Perfect for entertaining or just simply a snack you’d like to keep coming back to, this carrot cake will satisfy that sweet tooth and more. Swirled with a cream cheese filling and topped off with buttercream icing and sweetened coconut flakes, you’ll keep this recipe stacked in your stash of cake recipes for life!


3 cups of grated carrots (grate fresh carrots, don’t buy pre-shredded)

2 cups self rising flour

1/2 cup granulated sugar (Use 1 cup if you like a sweet cake!!! This cake is not very sweet!)

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp salt

3 eggs, beaten

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1 tsp ground nutmeg

1 tsp cinnamon powder

1 tsp rose water

1/2 cup of sweetened coconut flakes (for the topping)


For cream cheese swirl:

4 oz cream cheese

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg yolk

1 tsp almond essence

1 tsp vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

You’ll be needing 2 large mixing bowls. In one bowl, mix your 3 cups of shredded carrot, granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, rose water, nutmeg, and cinnamon powder. Add beaten egg and vegetable oil. In another bowl mix flour and salt together. Using a hand mixer or whisk, slowly add the carrot mixture to the flour and salt and mix until smooth. Add to a greased loaf pan or non stick loaf pan. Now mix cream cheese, egg yolk, vanilla, & almond essence in a separate bowl and swirl throughout mixture. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until a toothpick or knife comes out clean after inserting. Cover cake with foil for 2 hours while cake is cooling. This will trap moisture and allow for a moist cake. Once cake is cooled, remove foil and top with buttercream icing or vanilla icing. Sprinkle sweetened coconut flakes on top and enjoy!

Published by thatnursecooks

Hello, welcome to my blog! I’m a nurse from NYC and I love to cook and share my love for cooking with others!

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