How to Make Carrot Cake Bars From Scratch

12 bars
45 min

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Whether you feel sad, want to celebrate any occasion, crave something delicious, or want to give something tasty to your friend, a carrot cake will never disappoint you. And this super delicious and super simple recipe on how to make carrot cake bars from scratch needs minimum effort.

But if carrot cake bars aren’t enough, you can also make this apple turnovers recipe.

How to Make Carrot Cake Bars From Scratch

The preparation of this utterly delicious carrot cake bar starts by chopping some walnuts. Once chopped, you can spread them on the sheet and then move to cut some raisins so that the carrot cake bars can get that nice nutty flavor. At last, you can start the preparation of the cake batter.

You can keep two separate bowls for preparing dry and wet cake batter. This way, the process will get a lot simpler and quicker. When you prepare dry and wet batter separately, you can get an accurate amount of ingredients. This will ensure your cake bar will turn out moist.

After preparing wet and dry cake ingredients, you can combine them using a spatula. Then, at last, you can add shredded carrots and nuts that you have chopped.

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Step One: Make the Carrot Cake Bars Batter

You can start making the batter. For the batter, you can combine eggs, vegetable oil, brown sugar, whole milk, and granulated sugar in one bowl. Mix for around 3-5 minutes so that it gets smooth and no lumps remain.

For the next step, you can add baking powder, ground cinnamon, and flour into the batter. You must mix the batter properly so that the ingredients. If the batter does not have the right consistency, your carrot cake bar might not turn out as expected.

Step Two: Add Carrots, Raisins, and Walnuts

Moving further, you can add the shredded carrot, raisins, and walnut in one bowl. Then you can combine dry and wet ingredients.

Step Three: Bake the Carrot Cake Bars

Next, pour them into the greased cake pans and bake for around 30 to 35 minutes, depending on the requirement.

You can use a toothpick to know whether or not the cake has been baked. If the toothpick has batter, your cake is not baked yet. But if it’s clean, the cake is baked. Try not to overbake the cake because then it might get that burnt taste.

Step Four: Add the Cream Cheese Glaze to the Carrot Cake Bars

After the cake is baked, you can then let it sit on the side and let it cool. Once the carrot cake comes to a certain temperature, you can cut it into bar shape and serve it with cream cheese glaze.

Make it Ahead: If you want to make your carrot cake flavorful and moist, you can bake it a day ahead. Then, cover the cake nicely, refrigerate it, and take it out when you want to eat it.

Carrot Secret: To get that fresh carrot taste, you should grate the carrots at home rather than using the market-packed grated carrot.

How Do I Store Leftover Carrot Cake Bars?

After serving the cake bar, you can store the remaining pieces in the fridge by packing it tightly inside a container. This way, your carrot cake bar will stay fresh for around 5-6 days.

Why Do My Carrot Cake Bars Taste Dry?

If you have added more flour than recommended, the cake bar might turn out dry rather than moist. To fix this thing, you can add more milk. Similar, if the cake bar becomes too wet, you can add granulated sugar.

The secret to making a perfectly balanced carrot cake bar is to add the recommended amount of dry and wet ingredients.

Can I Use Butter Instead of Oil?

While it’s advised to use vegetable oil, you can substitute oil with butter in a carrot cake bar if you want. Either way, your cake will taste super yummy.

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How to Make Carrot Cake Bars From Scratch
Recipe details
  • 12  bars
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 35 Minutes Total time: 45 min
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  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups shredded carrot
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 cup raisins

In a large mixing bowl place in the eggs, whole milk, vegetable oil, brown sugar, and granulated sugar.
Mix until combined and stir in the flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, and mix until smooth batter forms.
Sprinkle in some grated carrots, chopped walnuts, and raisins.
Mix until combined and transfer to a 9×9 inch square brownie pan and smooth it out.
Bake in an already heated oven at 350 F or 180 C degrees for about 30-35 minutes.
Cut into bars and serve with cream cheese glaze.
  • Notes: If you want, you can follow this recipe for preparing carrots cakes. But then increase the baking time to around 40 minutes.
  • If you don’t want the carrot cake bar to get wet, you must avoid using butter. This recipe is based on oil. Also, you can avoid adding extra nuts as it might make the cake bar too soggy and then, you cannot keep it for a long time.
  • You can enjoy the carrot cake bar with hot coffee or with some other beverage of your choice.
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