Crock-Pot Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

Crock-Pot Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting -

Crock-Pot Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

This recipe was made as part of the Improv Challenge hosted at Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker where bloggers are challenged to create a recipe using two random ingredients each month. This month’s ingredients were carrots and ginger. This carrot cake fits the bill, the ginger is a nice touch to a carrot cake I think, not too much but enough to tell it is in there. I choose a carrot cake because…well because cake cooked in a crock-pot is a little bit different!

Crock-Pot Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours

Total Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: 1 9-Inch Loaf

Crock-Pot Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

This a moist and flavorful carrot cake with a nice touch of ginger. The ginger is not overpowering and compliments the moist cake nicely.


2/3 Cup Flour
1/2 Cup Sugar
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
3/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
1 Teaspoon Freshly Grated Ginger Root
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
2 Eggs
1 (8 Oz.) Can Crushed Pineapple With Juice
1/2 Cup Golden Raisins
1 Cup Chopped Pecans or Walnuts (optional)
1 Cup Finely Grated Carrot
Cream Cheese Frosting
4 Oz. Cream Cheese, Softened (Half of a 8 oz. package)
1 Cup Confectioners (Powdered) Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract


  1. In a small bowl combine flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, spices, ginger root and salt and stir with a whisk to thoroughly mix.
  2. In a large bowl combine vegetable oil, eggs, pineapple, raisins, nuts and carrot and whisk to combine well.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix by hand with a spoon or rubber spatula till everything is well mixed.
  4. Spray a loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray for baking (or butter and flour).
  5. Pour cake batter into prepared pan and place in the bottom of a 7 quart crock-pot.
  6. Cover the top of the crock-pot with 4 paper towels (in a doubled layer of 2 unattached sheets) or a thin kitchen towel, making sure the towel is not touching the cake in the crock-pot.
  7. Cover with lid and cook on high for 3-4 hours or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  8. Remove cake pan from crock-pot and let cool in the pan on a wire cooling rack for 5 minutes.
  9. Invert cake out of the pan on the cooling rack and let cook completely before frosting.
  10. Frosting
  11. In a mixer whip the cream cheese still fluffy
  12. Add powdered sugar a little at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  13. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  14. Once the cake is cool, frost with cream cheese frosting.
  15. Enjoy!


This recipe requires you to cook your cake in a loaf pan inserted into the crock of your crock-pot. Before beginning make sure you have a loaf pan that will fit.

You can also bake this in a conventional oven. Preheat oven to 350°F and bake for 50 minutes.


Vegetarian Recipe
This recipe is vegetarian (not vegan – as it contains eggs and dairy products). You can feel comfortable eating this recipe or serving it to your vegetarian friends as long as dairy and eggs are allowed.

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Crock-Pot Carrot Cake Batter In Pan

Carrot cake batter in loaf pan inside oval crock-pot

Carrot cake in pan, in crock-pot with paper towels under lid to absorb extra moisture

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    • says

      Thanks Rachel for stopping by, and the kind words. I am really pleased with how this recipe came out. This is a keeper for sure. Going to make this one again and again!

  1. says

    I’ve always loved using my crockpot but never done anything like this before. Sounds very interesting. I might just try it out one of these days. Do I need to change the paper towels in between?

    • says

      Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment! You do not need to change out the paper toweling. Only a little moisture is absorbed really. The paper towels just help it bake a little better rather than steam since crock-pot cooking is a moist environment. Either way it makes for a moist cake.

  2. says

    WOW! I’m going to have to buy me another crockpot so’s I can cook dessert while my roast is crocking!

    The ingredients of your carrot cake (pineapple, golden raisins & walnuts) topped with that yummy cream cheese frosting make this a classic, for surel

    • says

      Hi Lisa, thanks for dropping by!

      I checked out your amazing looking recipe for your Shrimp & Avocado Salad with Carrot Ginger Dressing. So delicious looking and a great use of the Improv Challenge ingredients! I cannot wait to give it a try!

  3. says

    I know that we will always learn something when you submit entries to the Improv challenge. This is wonderful! I cannot wait to see what else you come up with in the future!

  4. Maryann says

    I can’t wait to make this carrot cake!! Looks yummy! I have a crockpot but don’t have a loaf pan, can it be made without a loaf pan? Thanks for sharing this recipe
    Maryann Hentz

    • says

      Hi Maryann,

      Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment! As far as if you can make this carrot cake in the crock-pot without a loaf pan I cannot say with 100% assuredness that you can, since I have not tried it. However I think it could be done. I I would just make sure to spray the crock with some non-stick cooking spray (like Pam for baking) and keep your eye on it. Give it a try and see how it turns out. If your not willing to try it they do sell aluminum foil loaf pans at many dollar stores. My local Dollar Tree sells a 2-pack for $1.00.

  5. says

    I am trying this really soon! As a matter of fact, if I didn’t have a dessert already lined up for dinner tonight, I would do this. Looks divine!

    Found you through the RecipeLion blog hop and I have pinned your recipe. Best of luck in the contest!

    If you like linky parties, I would love to have you swing by on Friday for Weekend Potluck. Link on one blog but it shows on four. Always incredible. :)

  6. Katie says

    Hi, can’t wait to try this cake, just wondering though if using a round cake tin will matter? My crock pot round so I won’t be able to use a loaf tin.

    • says

      I have not tested this recipe in a round cake pan so cannot really give a definitive answer. However I think it should work. If you try it out be sure to come back and let us know how it turned out!


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