As Easter approaches, why not add a touch of creativity to your celebrations with our Easter Carrot Cake in a Jar?
This delightful dessert not only captures the essence of the season but also brings a whimsical charm to your table.
Join us as we guide you through every step, from gathering the ingredients to assembling these cute and delicious jarred carrot cakes.
the Carrot Cake Batter:
- 2 cups finely grated carrots
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 4 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 cup crushed pineapple, drained
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
the Cream Cheese Frosting:
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Mixing bowls
- Hand or stand mixer
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Rubber spatula
- Piping bag (optional)
- Easter-themed ribbon or twine (for decoration)
Preheat and Prepare
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C).
- Grease and flour a 9×13-inch baking pan.
Prepare the Carrot Cake Batter
- In a large mixing bowl, combine grated carrots, granulated sugar, brown sugar, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla extract.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
- Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined.
- Fold in the crushed pineapple and chopped nuts if using.
Bake the Carrot Cake
- Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Allow the cake to cool completely.
Prepare the Cream Cheese Frosting
- In a mixing bowl, beat together softened cream cheese and butter until smooth.
- Add powdered sugar gradually, mixing well after each addition.
- Stir in vanilla extract and continue beating until the frosting is creamy and spreadable.
Assemble the Carrot Cake in Jars
- Using a fork or your hands, crumble the cooled carrot cake into small, bite-sized pieces.
- Begin layering the cake into the Mason jars, alternating with dollops of cream cheese frosting.
- Continue layering until you reach the top of the jar, finishing with a layer of frosting.
Decorate for Easter (Optional)
- Add Easter-themed decorations or tie a ribbon or twine around the top of each jar for a festive touch.
Serve or Gift
- Serve the Easter Carrot Cake in a Jar immediately or screw on the lids for a charming and portable gift.
Tips for Success:
- Grate the carrots finely for a moist and evenly textured cake.
- Allow the cake to cool completely before assembling to prevent the frosting from melting.
- Customize the jars with colorful Easter decorations for added flair.
- Refrigerate the jars if not serving immediately, and bring them to room temperature before serving.
This Easter Carrot Cake in a Jar is not just a treat for the taste buds but also a delightful addition to your festive celebrations.
The combination of moist carrot cake and luscious cream cheese frosting is sure to bring smiles to the faces of your loved ones.
Share the joy by gifting these charming jarred cakes or enjoy them as a unique dessert at your Easter gathering. Happy baking!
For the Carrot Cake Batter
- Finely grated carrots
- Brown Sugar
- Vegetable Oil
- Large Eggs
- Vanilla Extract
- Baking Powder
- Baking Soda
- Ground Cinnamon
- Ground Nutmeg
- Crushed Pineapple
- Chopped Walnuts or Pecans
For the Cream Cheese Frosting
- Cream Cheese
- Unsalted Butter
- Powdered Sugar
- Vanilla Extract
- Preheat the oven to 350
- Prepare the carrot cake batter by mixing wet ingredients in one bowl and dry in another
- once both are mixed, combine in one bowl and mix until smooth
- fold in crushed pineapple and nuts
- Bake the carrot cake for 30-35 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean
- While the cake is cooling, begin the frosting by beating together the cream cheese and butter until smooth
- slowly add powdered sugar and mix in Vanilla Extract
- Beat until creamy and spreadable
- once the cake has cooled, using a fork or your hands, crumble the cake into bite-size pieces
- Layer cake and icing into the mason jar, alternating until you end with icing on the top and the jar is filled.
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