Carrot Cake Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Carrot Cake Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

How To Make Carrot Cake Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Make a yummy veggie dessert with our Carrot Cake Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe! Enjoy soft carrot cake topped with cream cheese and browned butter.

Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 40 minutes
Cool Time: 2 hours
Total: 3 hours 10 minutes



For Carrot Cake Bars:

  • 1 ½cupall-purpose flour
  • 1tspbaking powder
  • ¼tspbaking soda
  • ½tspsalt
  • 1 ½tspcinnamon
  • ¼tspground ginger
  • tspnutmeg
  • 1cuplight-brown sugar
  • ½cupgranulated sugar
  • cupvegetable oil
  • cupapplesauceor an additional ⅓ vegetable oil
  • 3largeeggs
  • 1tspvanilla extract
  • 1 ½cupcarrotsfinely grated

For Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • ½cupsalted butter
  • 6ozcream cheese
  • 3cupspowdered sugar


Carrot Cake Bars:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg for 30 seconds, then set aside.

  3. In a separate mixing bowl, use a wooden spoon to blend together brown sugar, granulated sugar, vegetable oil, and applesauce until smooth.

  4. Add in eggs and vanilla extract and mix until well combined. Pour in half of the dry ingredients and mix just until combined, then add remaining dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Fold in grated carrots.

  5. Pour into a buttered 13×9-inch baking dish and spread into an even layer.

  6. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 32 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.

  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before frosting with Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting.

Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. Brown butter in a small saucepan over medium heat, being careful not to burn.

  2. Remove from heat and pour into a heatproof airtight container. Cover with lid and chill in refrigerator until butter has cooled.

  3. Scoop butter into a mixing bowl. Using an electric hand mixer, whip butter and cream cheese until smooth and fluffy.

  4. Add 2 ½ cups powdered sugar and mix until well combined. Mix in an additional ½ cup powdered sugar to thicken if desired.

  5. Frost carrot cake with Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting then cut into bars. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes


To store, simply place in an airtight container. When cooling butter, if it’s too cold when you go to prepare the frosting, you will have to let it rest at room temperature for several minutes until soft enough to blend. The butter should be soft like room temperature butter.



  • Calories: 777.45kcal
  • Fat: 17.26g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.53g
  • Trans Fat: 0.25g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 7.71g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.38g
  • Carbohydrates: 140.21g
  • Fiber: 8.22g
  • Sugar: 36.52g
  • Protein: 15.66g
  • Cholesterol: 49.46mg
  • Sodium: 259.69mg
  • Calcium: 122.42mg
  • Potassium: 572.60mg
  • Iron: 6.65mg
  • Vitamin A: 1101.08µg
  • Vitamin C: 8.16mg
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