Carrot Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Swirl #SundaySupper

Nothing says Springtime (or Easter) quite like a carrot cake, and this Carrot Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Swirl is no exception.  The cake is a classic, moist and delicious carrot cake, and inside is a beautiful swirl of sweetened cream cheese.

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I wanted to make a new carrot cake-inspired recipe this year and was deciding between waffles and this cake.  Then Adam chimed in with a suggestion for carrot muffins. He claimed to have a good recipe and assured me ‘they are very easy to make.’   I was definitely intrigued by this good and easy recipe by my 4 year old, so asked how to make them.  Here is his recipe:

“Take 2 sticks of unsalted butter, 2 large eggs, 6 ounces of salt, 2 ounces of cold water, 2 ounces carrots…shredded.  Mix them all together, put it in the muffin tin, put it in the oven, turn the oven light on, cook it for 6 minutes and it comes out muffins!”

As you can imagine there was an enormous grin on his face (and on mine!)  He loves reading cookbooks and helping me come up with recipes I share with you.  The fact that he has picked up on unsalted butter and large eggs is pure awesomeness.

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While I decided against making the muffins, I figured a cake is pretty close to muffins and went with this Carrot Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Swirl.  Carrot cake and cream cheese were made for each other and both are highlighted beautifully in this cake.  The cake is spiced with cinnamon, studded with raisins (or nuts, if desired) and has three full cups of shredded carrots.  It is a perfect complement to the lovely cream cheese swirl in the middle.  For the topping, I went with a simple dusting of powdered sugar so the cake and cream cheese center would remain the focus (and as a bonus, save a few calories too!)  If desired, a basic cream cheese frosting would take this cake to a whole new (tasty) level!

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Carrot Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Swirl
 
Yields: 24 servings
Ingredients
Cake:
  • 3 cups shredded carrots
  • 1¾ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • pinch salt
  • ½ cup raisins (optional)
Filling:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened (I used ⅓ less fat)
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Powdered sugar, for serving
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 10-cup Bundt pan with baking spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  3. Put carrots, sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl and beat until combined. Gradually add in the flour mixture, beating on low until combined. Fold in the raisins (or nuts).
  4. In a separate small bowl, add cream cheese, sugar, egg and vanilla and beat until combined.
  5. Pour half of the cake batter into the prepared Bundt pan. Then pour in the cream cheese mixture. Last, cover the cream cheese layer with the remaining cake batter (It may not completely cover the cream cheese layer - that's ok!)
  6. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, and then remove from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar, for serving.

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Comments

  1. I love that the cream cheese is used as a filling and not as a topping in this recipe. The cake looks so moist! I will have to try it out soon! 🙂

  2. Your bundt cake is just beautiful! I love the cream cheese center! Yum!

  3. I’ll take a big slice please! I LOVE anything carrot cake!

  4. Wow!!! I’ve never made a carrot cake Bundt cake, so this is going on my to-do list! So beautiful!!!! Happy Easter!!!

  5. Looks soooooo good! Mmmmmm Happy Easter!

  6. You have a VERY smart 4 year old! I’m glad you went with the cake…it is beautiful and makes for a more dramatic presentation.

  7. What a beautiful bundt cake, thanks for sharing!

  8. Your cake came out so beautiful! I love the cream cheese swirl too, carrot cake wouldn’t be complete without it!

  9. I showed Mrs. Stuntman the pics of this cake and now she wants a bundt pan. Very impressed by your technique!

  10. Cheese *inside*? I’m in heaven

  11. This cake is calling my name! So perfect for Easter!

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