Carrot Cake Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Cake Bars #recipe | Perfect for Spring and Easter!

So, my kid had a birthday last week. He turned, omg, 14 years old.

I’m not sure how this is possible since I’m barely even an adult myself, but whatever.

Carrot Cake Bars #recipe | Perfect for Spring and Easter!

We went into “the big city,” by which I mean, it’s bigger than our little town of 4,000 and also they have arcades and laser tag and restaurants that are not located inside bowling alleys where they serve cheese that came from a cow instead of cheese that came from a jar. Not that I dislike jarred cheese. It’s just not my favorite thing on a sandwich. Call me crazy!

I think I got off topic. My son. He is taller than me, has a ‘stache, and his feet are ginormous. Can someone please remind him that he’s my baby and to please act and dress accordingly? k, thanks.

Carrot Cake Bars #recipe | Perfect for Spring and Easter!

So, y’all may have heard that an Easter Bunny is going to be poppin’ by soon, flinging his eggs around the yard (seriously, would someone just tell me once and for all…are those eggs rabbit poop or what?!) and so I thought we could celebrate with the bunny’s favorite treat! Carrot Cake…but this time, in bar form.

I figure everyone already has a traditional carrot cake recipe or has already been bombarded with them on other blogs, so I thought I’d throw a curve ball at the cake. But, not literally, because that would be messy.

Carrot Cake Bars #recipe | Perfect for Spring and Easter!

Carrot cake bars! These are kinda cakey, kinda brownie-y. You can eat them with your hands, which is always a win, but you can also use a fork. It really doesn’t matter how you eat these, as long as you do it while wearing festive bunny ears, surrounded by that evil plastic Easter grass.

Carrot Cake Bars #recipe | Perfect for Spring and Easter!

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Carrot Cake Bars

Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
Servings: 36 bars
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy bar recipes, easy cake recipes, easy dessert recipes, easy Easter recipes
Calories: 169 kcal

Carrot cake bars! These are kinda cakey, kinda brownie-y. You can eat them with your hands, which is always a win, but you can also use a fork. It really doesn't matter how you eat these, as long as you do it while wearing festive bunny ears, surrounded by that evil plastic Easter grass.

Ingredients

For the bars:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teasoon baking soda
  • 3 cups shredded carrots about 6 medium carrots
  • 4 large eggs beaten
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
For the frosting:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste or extract
  • 3 to 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda. Stir in carrots, eggs, and butter until just combined. Fold in the pecans.
  3. Spread the batter evenly in a 15x10 rimmed baking sheet.
  4. Bake 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan.
  5. To make the frosting, place the cream cheese and vanilla paste in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat until smooth and creamy. With the mixer on low, gradually add the powdered sugar until the frosting reaches the consistency you prefer.
  6. Spread frosting on the cooled bars. Cut into 36 bars.
Nutrition Facts
Carrot Cake Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 169 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 117mg 5%
Potassium 94mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 18g 6%
Sugars 11g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 41.1%
Vitamin C 0.8%
Calcium 2.8%
Iron 3.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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