Carrot Cake Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

The incredible taste of your favorite carrot cake but in bar form! These Carrot Cake Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting are as easy as 1-2-3 and disappear just that quickly!

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I have been craving, CRAVING like mad, my Nana’s To Die For Carrot Cake.  But I didn’t want to make a cake (I’ve been feeling lazy), so I made bars instead.

My Nana used to always make her cake in a 9×13 baking dish. I took it one step further and made it in a 10 x 15 jelly roll pan. The bars take a little less time to bake and slathering the frosting on top is a breeze.

 The incredible taste of your favorite carrot cake but in bar form! These Carrot Cake Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting are as easy as 1-2-3 and disappear just that quickly! | MomOnTimeout.com

I won’t even tell you how many little fingers came in for a taste at this stage.  This cream cheese frosting is my favorite. It’s super simple, fabulously rich, and utterly delicious.

It goes perfectly on these carrot cake bars.

 The incredible taste of your favorite carrot cake but in bar form! These Carrot Cake Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting are as easy as 1-2-3 and disappear just that quickly! | MomOnTimeout.com

Once you get that frosting spread you can leave it as is or dump on some sprinkles or even make little carrots for the top…

 The incredible taste of your favorite carrot cake but in bar form! These Carrot Cake Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting are as easy as 1-2-3 and disappear just that quickly! | MomOnTimeout.com

My boys think I’m extra-special when I do stuff like this.

These carrot cake bars are perfectly sweet and so incredibly moist, you won’t believe how quickly they disappear. This recipe makes so many bars, but somehow, it’s just never enough.

The incredible taste of your favorite carrot cake but in bar form! These Carrot Cake Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting are as easy as 1-2-3 and disappear just that quickly!

When you don’t want to mess around with a layered cake but you’re craving carrot cake – make these bars instead!

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Carrot Cake Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting
 
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The incredible taste of your favorite carrot cake but in bar form! These Carrot Cake Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting are as easy as 1-2-3 and disappear just that quickly!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 36 bars
Ingredients
Cake:
One
  • 1¼ cups unsweetened applesauce (or oil, this is what my Nana used)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
Two
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
Three
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup Dole crushed pineapple (not drained!) {use the pineapple in JUICE not syrup}
Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • ½ c butter (softened)
  • 8 oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 lb powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine #1 ingredients. Add #2 ingredients. Stir in #3 ingredients.
  3. Pour into a lightly greased or parchment lined 10x15-inch jelly roll pan.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely!
For the frosting:
  1. Beat the butter and cream cheese until nice and fluffy. Add in the vanilla and powdered sugar and beat until nice and smooth.
  2. Spread on top of the cooled cake bars and serve.
  3. Store leftovers in an airtight container, in the refrigerator, for up to 3 days

The incredible taste of your favorite carrot cake but in bar form! These Carrot Cake Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting are as easy as 1-2-3 and disappear just that quickly! | MomOnTimeout.com

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Comments

  1. I am all over that cream cheese frosting, but your carrots on top are seriously making think I need to get to the store so I can make my own
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  2. I like bars better. Thanks Trish for the nice recipe.

  3. These are absolutely perfect Trish!!
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  4. Awww, that little carrot on top is just too cute! No wonder your boys are into it.
    Love the ease of this. Sometimes you don’t feel like making a layer cake, but want the same flavors anyway. Win win!
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  5. gosh you have such skill to you, these are just amazing. to both look at, and im positive, to taste!!!
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  6. Love that you made bars! My husband’s been craving for carrot cake too but I’ve been too lazy to make a full cake. These look amazing!
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  7. What a perfectly fun cake! Love the carrot on top :)
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  8. I do love any and all kind of carrot cake treats!!! Those little carrots on top are the cutest!!!
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  9. I kind of want to run to my kitchen and make these right now! They look amazing, Trish! :)
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  10. Carrot cake is always a win in my book! Plus the little carrots on top! Yes!

  11. These were a huge hit at the office. Thanks babe!

  12. Love that you made bars! Thank you.
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  13. Carrot cake is my favorite! Love the carrots you made with sprinkles!
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  14. These bars are so cute and I love that frosting! Great decorating :)
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  15. Trish these look to die for!! Can I have that whole stack pretty please? ;-)
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  16. I want all of these bars. I love the substitution of applesauce in this dessert. :) YUM!
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  17. Susan McQueary says:

    I love the bar idea but if I don’t have a jelly roll pan can I still use a 9×13 pan?

  18. Who could go wrong with this? Wonderful potluck bars. Everyone loves loves carrot cake flavor and THE frosting. Jelly roll pan is a good idea.

  19. jenny groen says:

    Hello! I am hoping to make these tonight but am a little confused by what “a cup of coconut” means. Can anyone help me please? Does it mean coconut oil? I am heading to the store soon so I greatly appreciate any help. New baker ;)

    Thank you for your help!

    Jenny

  20. So delicious! I made your recipe (without coconut, because some of my coworkers are allergic). They said it was the best they ever had. Thanks so much. Awesome!

  21. can anyone describe the texture of these bars? Is it like cake, or more chewy like cookie bars?

  22. [email protected] Cutting Edge of Ordinary says:

    What size can of pineapple does this recipe use? I know it says 1 cup, but crushed pineapple comes in two different size cans.

  23. OK I MADE these and they’re seriously good.
    PROS: The replacement of the oil with applesauce is divine. They’re moist and cakey, not chewy like brownies. Mine had chunks of walnuts and pineapple (I had to use a potato smasher to try to crush my pineapple chunks, which was what I had in the pantry.) With all the goodness of the ingredients, I’d say they’re also healthy. I’ve been eating them for breakfast for the past 3 days so I hope so!

    CONS: One thing, in my experience, was that they WEREN’T AS EASY & FAST AS 1-2-3. Altogether, this took me almost half a day from start to finish. I’m glad I started in the morning because I took them to a party that night. Grating the carrots (I used my Kitchen Aide mixer with grinder attachment), mixing it all up, baking, cleaning it all up and waiting a LONG time for them to cool, even on a wire rack, before frosting, decorating, then more clean up – NO I wouldn’t call this easy or fast. SO BE FOREWARNED.
    (I’d REALLY like to know how you prepped it in 10 minutes then baked and cooled and frosted and decorated them in 35 minutes – that would be magic!)

    But, DANG they’re GOOD.
    Thank you for an awesome “keeper” recipe :)

  24. That looks amazing!
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  25. made then for a big family outing. Left out the nuts and added a cup of raisins so taste is more like grannies carrot cake. Worked great

  26. The carrot cake bars look fantastic! I wondered if I am making them for a smaller group could I halfthe recipe for a13x9 pan? Do you have any suggestions?

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