Carrot Cake Coffee Cake

Carrot Cake Coffee Cake on a plate with a fork.
This recipe is sponsored by Land O’Lakes, Inc.

I have been WAAAITING like a patient person to share this recipe with you, and my day has finally come. Or is it your day? Our day? Please welcome into your life: Carrot Cake Coffee Cake.

I know it might be confusing – carrot cake, which is like vegetables meets cake, but also still cake, combined with coffee cake, which is also cake but the kind you can eat for breakfast and it will still be totally appropriate and, obviously, cakey?

But no need to be confused.

If you like a carrot cake that tastes just slightly cinnamony and teeters perfectly between springy and dense…

And you like a coffee cake that is loaded with a mega amount of streusel topping…

And you like cakes that look beautiful and taste even more beautiful with a proper shmear of honey butter…

Carrot cake coffee cake with butter.

HELLO! Meet your one true match. This one is for you.

Here’s how we make it (IT’S VERY EASY).

First: I hate grating things, especially carrots. I’m not even sorry. Put me on the record. I said it.

So, I am not going to make you grate anything! Just run your peeled carrots through the food processor, and if you don’t have a food processor, what are you even doing? You need this post.

Shredded carrots in a food processor.

Next: mixing up a very simple batter with eggs, flour, sugar, cinnamon, and (wait for it) butter.


Carrot cakes traditionally use oil. But newsflash: BUTTER IS DELICIOUS. So today we use butter. Obviously.

Land O Lakes® Butter is my butter of choice – super creamy, rich, perfect amount of saltiness – honestly, I don’t even have to tell you that it just makes everything taste better.

Also they are our neighbors here in Minnesota.

Yay for carrot cake, yay for Land O’Lakes.

Ingredients for carrot cake coffee cake batter.

Okay, batter. Done.

Batter for carrot cake coffee cake.

Now it gets baked under an aggressively thick layer of streusel.

Carrot cake coffee cake baked in pan.

And finally, THIS HAPPENS.

Bite of carrot cake coffee cake.

The crumbly topping is just barely crunchy, and the honey butter shmear gets melty-ish because it’s all still a little warm. You have a coffee in your other hand, and it might just be an excellent little afternoon spring hygge moment for you.

Carrot cake coffee cake! I’m telling ya.

Check out our video for how to make Carrot Cake Coffee Cake:

Carrot Cake Coffee Cake

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10


Carrot Cake Coffee Cake! A super easy batter loaded with shredded carrots, topped with a thick crumbly cinnamony streusel, and finished with a melty sweet honey butter.


Carrot Cake Coffee Cake:

  • 2 large carrots
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Salted Butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

Streusel Topping:


  1. Prep: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Peel and grate the carrots (I use my food processor). You should have about 1 1/2 cups.
  2. Cake Batter: Whisk sugar, melted butter, and eggs. Stir in carrots. Add flour, baking soda, and cinnamon. Mix until just combined. The batter will be very thick.
  3. Streusel: Mix ingredients for the streusel until you get a texture that looks like pebbles (sometimes I use my hands to mix it all together).
  4. Bake: Spread batter into a greased 9-inch round baking pan (see notes). Sprinkle with streusel. Bake for 30 minutes, until the center is just set. Top with honey butter if you’re extra (you are).


I used a 9-inch round cake pan, but an 8 or 9-inch square or smaller rectangular baking dish would also work.

Honey Butter: Mix 1/4 cup very soft butter with 1/4 cup honey. Spread or dollop on warm slices of carrot cake coffee cake and die and go to heaven.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American
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