Carrot Cream Cheese Coffee Cake #SundaySupper

Carrot Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

I asked Mom what she wanted me to make for this Mother’s Day themed post celebrating her.  And she had nothing.  Not a single idea.

So I went ahead and chose something.  Something springy.  Something fancy but not too fancy.  Something Mom worthy, not that any dessert could really express how much I love Mom.

Carrot Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

So I decided on this Carrot Cream Cheese Coffee Cake.  It isn’t as fancy and laborious as a traditional layer cake, but it has all those classic carrot cake flavors, with the addition of crumb topping.  You can never go wrong with crumb topping.

This is so perfect for Mom too because it is a breakfast food.  While I typically don’t eat lunch and dinner can be a crazy frenzy full of interruptions, each and every day, Mom and I have a relaxing breakfast together.

Carrot Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

We sit and watch Today and enjoy our breakfast whether it is oatmeal, a smoothie, or this cake.  That time is by far my favorite part of the day, especially this time of year.  There are so many sunny mornings, full of hope and promise, and enjoying an amazing meal with my favorite person is a great way to spend a half an hour.

The time sets both of us up for a great day ahead.  It gives us time to talk and plan our days and think and sometimes sit in silence that isn’t awkward at all.  You know you really love a person when you can sit in silence without it being awkward.

Carrot Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

So back to this coffee cake and why you have to make it for the person you love most.  It’s crazy moist and a little dense in the best way.  Full of carrots and raisins and a decadent cream cheese swirl, I think this has forever spoiled all other coffee cakes for me.  The only thing I would change is to add some nuts to the streusel topping.  They would add the perfect crunch.  I meant to do it, but then it slipped my mind.

Don’t let this recipe or Mother’s Day slip your mind.  Here’s to many more breakfasts with Mom!

Carrot Cream Cheese Coffee Cake #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Yield: 8 servings


Cream Cheese Filling

1 8 ounce package cream cheese

½ cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

1 large egg


1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

½ cup packed light or dark brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

1 large egg

1 cup milk (I used almond coconut blend – use what you love)

2 cups grated carrots

½ cup raisins (I always use Trader Joe’s Jumbo Medley – it is fab!)


½ cup all-purpose flour

½ cup packed light or dark brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

¼ cup pecans or walnuts, optional


2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste

2-4 tablespoons fresh orange juice


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9 inch round cake pan.

Make the cream cheese filling. In a medium bowl, stir together cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and egg until mostly smooth. A few lumps are okay.

Make the cake. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. I did this by hand but a hand or stand mixer will work as well. Beat in the vanilla bean paste and egg.

Alternately add the flour mixture and milk to the sugar mixture, beginning and ending with the flour. Stir in half of the cream cheese mixture, followed by the carrots and raisins.

Pour batter into prepared pan and top with the remaining cream cheese mixture. Use a fork or knife to swirl the cream cheese mixture into the batter.

Make the streusel. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, sugar, and cinnamon. Cut in the butter using a pastry cutter, a fork, or your fingers until it resembles coarse meal. Stir in the pecans or walnuts if using. Sprinkle streusel evenly over the cake.

Bake cake for 50-55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs. Cool completely in pan or serve immediately. Before serving, make the glaze. In a small bowl, stir together sugar, vanilla, and orange juice. Add more sugar or orange juice until you achieve the desired consistency.

Cake may be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days or frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw in the microwave for about 1 minute.


Recipe adapted from Girl Versus Dough

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