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Carrot Cake Quick Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Cake Quick Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting l @akitchenaddict

Spring is almost here! It was in the upper 60’s this past weekend, and it felt wonderful! Of course, they’re forecasting lower 40’s for next weekend, but we’ll take the warm weather while we have it.

While I like the warm weather that spring brings, there’s another thing that I get excited about when spring rolls around. Carrot cake. Who decided that carrot cake should be associated with spring?

It’s my favorite cake (but it has to be just carrot cake, no add-ins, please!) and I’ve already shared a few forms of it on here.

My latest way to eat it? Carrot cake quick bread with cream cheese frosting!

Carrot Cake Quick Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe from A Kitchen Addiction

A quick and easy quick bread turns into a healthy version of carrot cake. Instead of lots of oil, applesauce keeps the bread moist while keeping the fat content down.

I usually try to reduce as much refined sugar as possible in my baking but I had to keep the brown sugar, because it gives the iconic carrot cake flavor.

The warmth of cinnamon, nutmeg, and a pinch of allspice make the bread complete. Well, almost.

Carrot Cake Quick Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting l @akitchenaddict

If you’re like me, you can’t have carrot cake without cream cheese frosting. So top the bread with a generous layer of cream cheese frosting! A sprinkling of chopped pecans adds some crunch and texture to finish it off.

Basically it’s carrot cake in bread form, except you can start your morning with it, because bread is perfectly acceptable for breakfast!

Carrot Cake Quick Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe from A Kitchen Addiction

Carrot Cake Quick Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 12 slices
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Enjoy all the flavors of carrot cake in an easy quick bread form! Complete with cream cheese frosting!


For the Bread

  • 3/4 Cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 Cup white whole wheat or all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 Cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 Cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 Cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 Cup milk
  • 1 Cup shredded carrots

For the Frosting

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 Cup confectioner's sugar
  • chopped pecans, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray an 8x4 inch loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and brown sugar.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together egg, vanilla extract, unsweetened applesauce, butter, and milk. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Stir in shredded carrots.
  4. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Check bread at 30 minutes and if top is getting brown, cover with aluminum foil for the remainder of the baking time.
  5. Remove to a wire rack to cool.
  6. While bread is cooling, prepare frosting. Beat together cream cheese and butter until creamy. Beat in confectioner's sugar until smooth.
  7. Spread frosting over cooled bread. Sprinkle with chopped pecans.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 335Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 277mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 4gSugar: 19gProtein: 6g

Nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online calculator and may not always be accurate. It should not be considered a substitute for a medical professional’s advice.

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 Carrot Cake Quick Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe l @akitchenaddict


Saturday 23rd of May 2015

This is great! I made it into muffins. Used some cultured cream cheese that we had and the frosting came out amazing - sweet with a nice cultured dairy flavor. Thanks!


Wednesday 25th of March 2015

I love quick bread and carrot cake. I may have to make this for the Easter Bunny!


Saturday 21st of March 2015

I can almost taste how good this was... wish I could grab a slice and enjoy it with some milk . :)

Kelly - Life Made Sweeter

Friday 20th of March 2015

Love this healthier carrot cake! I am swooning over that cream cheese frosting! It looks perfect!

Cyndi @ My Kitchen Craze

Thursday 19th of March 2015

This carrot cake looks delicious!! Yum all that frosting! I feel like its spring here already. We have temps in the 80's and 90's. Gonna make this soon! Pinned!!

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