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Carrot Cake Bars

Easy Carrot Cake Bars

Easy Carrot Cake Bars are easy, moist and covered in a wonderful cream cheese buttercream frosting. Just like eating the best carrot cake in a bar form!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword bars, best cake, carrot, cream cheese, easy cake, frosting, icing


  • 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 inch cake pan


  • cup melted butter
  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup carrots, shredded
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans + ¼ cup for topping
  • ½ cup coconut, shredded (optional)
  • cup milk
  • ½ cup raisins (optional)


  • 4 oz cream cheese or ½ brick
  • ¼ cup butter or ½ stick
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoon milk
  • 2 cups icing or powdered sugar ½ - 1 cup more if needed


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
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  • Take an 8x8 pan, line with parchment and coat with nonstick spray. Set aside
  • In a large bowl, beat together butter, brown sugar, and vanilla until fluffy.
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  • Beat in eggs, then flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.
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  • Continue to mix until well blended.
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  • Fold in carrots, walnuts or pecans, and raisins (if using), then mix in milk.
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  • Gently stir until fully incorporated.
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  • Pour into prepared 8x8 inch pan.
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  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until middle is set and a toothpick comes out clean.
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  • Remove from oven and let cool at room temperature for 30 minutes before icing.
  • Make icing by beating together cream cheese, butter, vanilla, powdered sugar and milk until thick and fluffy.
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  • Spread over carrot cake bars, and sprinkle with walnuts or pecans.
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  • Cut into squares and enjoy.
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