Carrot Cake Loaf

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Making a carrot cake loaf is the best way to enjoy the classic flavors that you love without all the fuss of an actual cake. This one is finished with a lovely and totally irresistible orange cinnamon cream cheese frosting. 

  • Author: Leanne Ray, MS, RDN
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 60 minutes
  • Yield: 10 slices 1x
  • Category: Desserts, Sweet Treats
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian



Carrot Cake Loaf

  • 1.5 cups (205 grams) white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup (85 grams) brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup (100 grams) pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon (10 grams) vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (100 grams) finely shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup (27 grams) chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup (35 grams) raisins
  • 2 tablespoons (12 grams) finely shredded unsweetened coconut

Orange Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a loaf pan with butter and set aside.
  2. To a medium bowl, add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Whisk to combine.
  3. To a large bowl, add oil, eggs, brown sugar, maple syrup and vanilla. Whisk until well combined.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry and use a spatula to gently mix until just combined (do not over mix the batter). Fold in the carrots, walnuts, raisins and coconut. Transfer to prepared loaf pan and bake for 45-55 minutes or until a paring knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let stand in pan for 15 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.
  5. Make the frosting: add cream cheese and butter to a mixer (or use a hand mixer) and beat until creamy, about 30-60 seconds. Add powdered sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add orange zest and cinnamon and mix again until just combined.
  6. Once loaf is completely cool, spread frosting on top and top with additional zest and cinnamon, serve immediately. Alternatively, you can keep the frosting separate and top individual slices as you eat them.



  • The equipment section above includes affiliate links to things I use often in my kitchen and recommend.
  • The loaf pan I use is a USA Pan 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ (see below for direct link). If the one you use is a different size, cook times may vary.
  • Nutrition information includes the orange cinnamon cream cheese frosting