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Carrot Cake Jars for Easter

Carrot cake jars are the perfect make-ahead Easter dessert or gift idea. Who can resist layers of moist carrot cake and scrumptious cream cheese frosting in a cute jar?

Carrot Cake Jars for Easter - Layers of Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Frosting in a Mason Jar - Make Ahead Easter Dessert Idea by Satori Design for Living

I was thinking about Easter desserts the other day and decided to make carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. It’s hard to go wrong with carrot cake, isn’t it? Carrot cake is delicious any way you slice it, whether it’s a gorgeous layer cake, bundt cake, simple sheet cake or even cupcakes.

I would’ve been happy baking any of these versions, but decided to try carrot cake jars instead. Let me tell you, I’m so glad I did. Not only is this carrot cake in a jar totally scrumptious, it’s super fun too!

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Why You’ll Love Carrot Cake Jars

If you enjoy carrot cake as much as I do, you must try this recipe. The combination of pineapple in addition to the carrots makes this cake super moist. As well, the coconut and pecans add the texture I adore so much in a carrot cake. Every bite is SO darn tasty!

Of course, the light and fluffy cream cheese frosting is the perfect pairing. A bit sweet, a bit salty… Need I say more? Take a few bites and save the rest for later, or finish the whole dang jar!

Layers of Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Icing in Jar

And, why not make these carrot cake jars ahead of time and pop them into the fridge? So handy, whether you’re entertaining Easter guests at home or heading out to a party or picnic. Grab some spoons, et voila!

When it’s time for cleanup, just plunk the jars into the dishwasher. Could it get any easier? 

How to Gift Carrot Cake Jars

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Looking for an Easter hostess gift or other handmade gift idea? Put together a yummy basket of cake jars. 

I topped the jar lids with pretty pastel paper before adding them to a basket lined with crinkle paper. As an alternative, you could use a tea towel or tissue paper.

Then, I finished the whole thing off with a printable Easter tag. Fun, right?

Layers of Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Icing in a Mason Jar with Easter Bunny Gift Tag

Individual dessert jars are perfect to hand out to teachers, babysitters, colleagues or anyone else on your Easter gift list. Bunny approved too ;)

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I definitely won’t be limiting these carrot cakes jars to Easter time only. Wouldn’t they be fun for a spring baby or wedding shower? Think about birthday parties or housewarming gifts too! Get your family or friends involved in the assembly part for large crowds.

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How to Make Layered Carrot Cake in a Jar

  1. Prepare cake and frosting according to recipe below.
  2. Wash and dry 12- 8 oz jars with lids.
  3. Using a round biscuit or cookie cutter slightly smaller than your jar diameter, cut out cake rounds (as close together as possible). You can also create your own cutter using a can with the ends removed.
  4. Transfer frosting to piping bag with round tip.
  5. Layer jars with one cake round, a layer of frosting, another cake round and additional frosting. Repeat one more time or until your jar is almost to the top. You may need to lightly press down cake after each addition or gently tap bottom of jar after adding frosting.
  6. Top each jar with toasted pecans (or walnuts).
  7. Screw on lid and eat within 2 days, or place in refrigerator for up to 5 days. Can also be frozen up to 3 months.

You can use this technique to make layered cake in a jar using almost any combination of cake and frosting.

Carrot Cake Recipe Revisions

Can I bake this cake in a 9×13 pan? You can absolutely bake this carrot cake in a regular 9×13 pan if you’re forgoing the jars. Just be sure to grease the bottom and adjust baking time to 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick in the centre comes out clean.

Can I use vegetable oil instead? Yes, you can substitute vegetable oil in place of the melted butter and coconut oil.

Can I add raisins? You bet! I’m not a fan, but you can add up to half a cup if you’d like.

Be sure to pin this cake in a jar idea for later!

Carrot Cake Jars with Cream Cheese Frosting

I’m definitely going to need to share more mason jar cake recipes soon. Any particular flavour you’d like to see? I think a gluten-free cake jar is in order.

If you’re looking for a healthier alternative to carrot cake, I highly suggest making these raw carrot cake balls. They’re absolutely delicious, gluten free and filled with nutrients.

Carrot Cake Jars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Cake Jars for Easter - Layers of Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Frosting in a Mason Jar - Satori Design for Living
Layers of moist carrot cake and scrumptious cream cheese frosting in a cute jar!
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Serving Size 12

Ingredients

For the carrot cake

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar lightly packed
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter melted
  • cup coconut oil melted
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • cups grated carrots
  • 1 8oz. can crushed pineapple drained
  • ¾ cup unsweetened flaked coconut
  • ¾ cup chopped pecans or walnuts

For the cream cheese frosting and topping

  • 1 8oz. package light cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • ¾ cup chopped pecans or walnuts lightly toasted

Instructions

For the carrot cake

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 13×18″ sheet pan (half sheet) with nonstick spray and parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of your stand mixer with paddle attachment (or hand mixer), mix both sugars, melted butter, melted coconut oil, eggs and vanilla together on medium speed until smooth (about 1 minute).
  • Add cinnamon, cloves, baking soda, baking powder and salt, and continue mixing for 30 seconds, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary. Mix in both flours until just combined.
  • Fold in carrots, pineapple, coconut and pecans.
  • Pour batter into prepared half sheet pan and bake for 22-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean. Allow to cool.

For the cream cheese frosting and topping

  • In the bowl of your stand mixer with paddle attachment (or hand mixer), beat cream cheese and butter together on medium speed until combined. 
  • With mixer on low, slowly add the powdered sugar one cup at a time, scraping sides of the bowl as necessary. Once incorporated, turn the speed up to medium and mix for 1-2 minutes until smooth and creamy.

Assemble the jars

  • Using a round biscuit or cookie cutter slightly smaller than your jar diameter, cut out cake rounds (as close together as possible for less waste). You can also create your own cutter using a can with the ends removed.
  • Transfer frosting to piping bag with round tip.
  • Layer jars with one cake round, a layer of frosting, another cake round and additional frosting. Repeat one more time or until your jar is almost to the top. You may need to lightly press down cake after each addition or gently tap bottom of jar after adding frosting.
  • Top each jar with toasted pecans (or walnuts).
  • Screw on lid and consume within 2 days, or place in refrigerator for up to 5 days. Jars can also be popped into the freezer up to 3 months.

Notes

Can I bake this cake in a 9×13 pan? You can absolutely bake this carrot cake in a regular 9×13 pan if you’re forgoing the jars. Just be sure to grease the bottom and adjust baking time to 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick in the centre comes out clean.
Can I use vegetable oil? Yes, you can substitute vegetable oil in place of the melted butter and coconut oil.
Can I add raisins? You bet! I’m not a fan, but you can add up to half a cup if you’d like.

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xo,

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This cake in a jar recipe was originally posted April 2019 and updated with fresh content and details March 2022.

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