Isabelle Boucher

Carrot Cake with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Icing

April 9th, 2013

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Everyone knows that peanut butter and carrots are always a great pairing… so why not update the classic carrot layer cake by adding sweet Mighty Maple peanut butter to the traditional cream cheese frosting?

The end result is both delicious and impressive – three towering layers of moist, spicy carrot cake with plump golden raisins, all enclosed in swirls of tangy, maply frosting. The only downside is that you’ll be tempted to eat it all on your own, which is probably not a very good idea!

While layer cakes might seem a little intimidating, they’re actually much easier than you’d think. This one in particular is a great one for beginners – the sturdy layers of cake stack beautifully, and I’ve added a decorative garnish of chopped honey roasted peanuts that do wonders for disguising even the most imperfect of frosting jobs.

Prep time: 45 minutes
Active time: 30 minutes
Total time: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Yield: 16 servings

Peanut Butter Co. Carrot Cake Cream Cheese Frosting Piece Mighty Maple

Ingredients

Ingredients for Carrot Cake with Mighty Maple Peanut Butter Cream Cheese

For the Carrot Cake

2½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup packed brown sugar
¾ cup canola oil
½ cup white sugar
½ cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 eggs
3 cups grated carrots
½ cup golden raisins

For the Mighty Maple Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

2 packages (8 ounce/250 grams each) cream cheese, softened
1 cup Mighty Maple peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1 cup Peanut Butter & Co. Honey Roasted peanuts, roughly chopped

Procedure

Make the Cake

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly butter and flour three 9-inch round cake pans lined with parchment.

2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, ginger, and nutmeg.

whisk flour baking powder baking soda cinnamon salt ginger nutmeg

3. In a second large mixing bowl, mix together brown sugar, canola oil, white sugar, vanilla extract and eggs until smooth. Stir in carrots and raisins. Fold in the dry ingredients, mixing just until barely combined.

mix brown sugar white sugar vanilla extract eggs carrots raisins

4. Divide the batter between the prepared pans, smoothing out the top into an even layer. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until cakes are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the centers comes out clean. Set the pans on a wire rack to cool for 15 minutes, then remove from the pan and peel away the parchment. Let cool completely on the wire rack.

Divide batter into pans

Prepare the Frosting

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whip together cream cheese and peanut butter until smooth.

2. Add vanilla and powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, and continue beating until smooth. Add cream, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the icing reaches a spreadable consistency.

Mighty Maple Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting Mixer

Frost and Decorate

1. Using a serrated knife, trim away any roundness from the top of two of the cakes to create perfectly flat discs. (The third can be left as is.)

2. Place the first trimmed cake layer cut-side up on a serving platter, and spread with 3/4 cup frosting. Top with the second trimmed cake layer, and spread with another 3/4 cup frosting. Gently place the final cake layer on top. Spread the remaining frosting over sides and top of cake in decorative swirls, and finish with a garnish of chopped peanuts.

Placed trim cake layer on top of each other with frosting

Spread frosting over sides and top of cake

Finished Carrot Cake with garnish of chopped peanuts

3. Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving to allow the frosting to firm up.

PEANUT BUTTER GIVEAWAY

What other baked good would you frost with this Mighty Maple Peanut Butter Cream Cheese frosting?

Leave a comment below with your answer to enter for a chance at winning a jar of Mighty Maple, the peanut butter used in this recipe.

DETAILS:

– The giveaway is open to USA residents only and will run until Monday, April 15, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST.
– One entry per person.
– Winner(s) will be generated via a random number generator and notified via the contact email provided on the comment form.
– Winner(s) will have until 04/18/13 to claim their prize or we will choose another winner.
– Winner will win one 16oz jar of Mighty Maple. Product will be shipped by Peanut Butter & Co.
– No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Must be 18 years of age to enter. See Official Giveaway Rules.

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103 Responses to Carrot Cake with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Icing

  1. Martha Pullen says:

    I think this would taste great on cut-out sugar cookies!

  2. Seren Melissa says:

    It would make a great filling for cookie sandwiches!

  3. Samantha says:

    It would taste interesting on an Elvis twisted cupcake… Banana bread with candied bacon and topped with Mighty Maple Peanut Butter Cream Cheese frosting! Adventurous, but worth a try!

  4. Rebecca P says:

    It would rock on some cheesecake!

  5. Valerie Chester says:

    I think it would make an excellent frosting for Blonde Brownies.

  6. Stef says:

    It would go great on a chocolate stout cupcakes! Maybe with some crumbled up pretzels as garnish on top…

  7. Wendi says:

    I think it would be great on pumpkin bread!

  8. Linda F says:

    It would be great on Brownies!

  9. Nannette Dixon says:

    On a Jewish Apple cake , also dipped with apples slices !

  10. Kara says:

    Definitely whoopie pie filling!! Right in between two snickerdoodle cookies… Sounds delicious.

  11. Jill G. says:

    I can just imagine the frosting would be to die for on sugar cookies!

  12. Mary McCoy says:

    A great frosting or filling for cake pops!

  13. Kim says:

    I would slather this icing on brownies or use it as a dip for apples.

  14. Kristi says:

    I would put this in a frosting for maple bacon cupcakes!

  15. Raymond says:

    Cinnamon Rolls for a maple twist! Thanks!

  16. Lauren says:

    It would be great on devils food cake cupcakes!

  17. Terry Cross says:

    I think it would be good on spice cake

  18. Stacey says:

    Peanut butter cookies with the maple cream cheese frosting sandwiched between!

  19. Pam Abby says:

    I would melt down the Mighty Maple Peanut Butter frosting to a glaze, and pour over my Mother-in-law’s recipe for Strawberry Bread. I would poke holes all over the top of the bread so the glaze would run down inside the bread as well as coat the top….Yum!

  20. Kristen says:

    I would soooooo devise the perfect cupcake to accompany that frosting! Mmmmm!

  21. Leslie says:

    A favorite in my family is homemade eclairs/ eclair circle, this peanut butter cream cheese frosting would be great in place of the chocolate on top!! my family lives on peanut butter Will definately try this on the weekend

  22. Josephine jones says:

    Doughnuts and cupcakes! :D

  23. Stephanie says:

    Icing for Pumpkin Cupcakes :)

  24. Kim Marlin says:

    great on any cookies or cupcakes!!! Looks delicious…

  25. Kim Sullivan says:

    I am definitely going to try the carrot cake recipe, but I also love peanut butter & chocolate, so I will try spreading my Double Fudge/Peanut Butter Chip Brownies with a touch of Mighty Maple Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting – YUMMM!

  26. Francisco says:

    I think that it would taste great on bacon cupcakes or a carrot cake inspired scone

  27. Gaby says:

    Funfetti cake with lemon curd in the middle!
    I also liked someone’s idea of cinnamon rolls that I’d fill with fig jam :)

  28. MM says:

    I eat it on cinnamon raisin bread and it is yummy.

  29. Azar Attura says:

    I will make Maple Peanut butter pancakes and top them with Maple Syrup mixed with Maple Peanut Butter and there will be a layer of Maple Peanut Butter between each pancake.. WOW!! I will be eating that for breakfast ALL DAY!!!!

  30. Jerome says:

    Bacon cinnamon rolls!
    Just making frosting and eating that works, too :)

  31. Sarah says:

    It would be fantastic on apple cinnamon donuts!

  32. liz says:

    drizzled over just-out-of-the-oven cinnamon rolls!!!!!!!!

  33. Jenn says:

    I’d love to try this on chocolate cake or vanilla cake and cupcakes as well. Also, I think it would be good just to smear on oreos! Or use this in between the oreo layers in chocolate oreo brownies!

  34. kate says:

    i would frost cinnamon rolls!

  35. Keri says:

    Oatmeal raising cookies!

  36. Sandy says:

    Brownies and banana cake would be yummy with this frosting!

  37. Amy P says:

    Between two oatmeal cookies – yum!

  38. Sandy says:

    On spice cake would be great

  39. Amanda says:

    I would use it just mixed with cream cheese as a dip and serve it with graham crackers.

  40. Cori says:

    I would frost some banana blondies or Pumpkin Muffins! Mmmmm

  41. Rebecca Mays says:

    This would be great on Blondies or Apple cake!

  42. Paula Ferguson says:

    How yummy would it be on some warm pecan pancakes with syrup? Delicious!

  43. Jeff Amador says:

    I think that frosting is pretty much MADE for a chocolate cake…or pancakes…or just eating it plain!

  44. Amanda J says:

    Oh man, that cake looks incredible. I have a super yummy gluten free buckwheat spice cake recipe that I add peanut butter frosting on and I bet this maple one would put it over the top!

  45. Alexi says:

    I would definitely put this on a cupcake!

  46. wendy says:

    imagine a sandwich, comprised of your favorite bread, whether it’s pumpernickel or gluten free oat-nut, toasted, smeared with Mighty Maple Peanut Butter Cream Cheese frosting, and piled with crispy bacon, or if you’re in the veg camp (like me), fakin bacon (smoked tempeh strips).

    oh my.

  47. kesha says:

    I think it would be good on banana bread! Your cake sounds delicious! I would have never put peanut butter and carrot cake together, but it sounds and looks great!

  48. Anne says:

    I’m thinking … on top of digestive biscuits, a.k.a. the English answer to graham crackers.

  49. Renata says:

    Donuts or Brownies for a maple twist!

  50. Ivan92116 says:

    brownies

  51. Georgiana says:

    Frozen whoopie pie sandwiches would be scrumptious too!

  52. Makayla Weil says:

    Fresh fruit (apples slices, banana slices, strawberries, ect.) and iced on to pound cake!! :)

  53. megan kupres says:

    scones!

  54. Ellen Garrett says:

    Oh, my. Peanut butter muffins. Peanut butter cookies. lots of goodies

  55. Christina T says:

    This icing would be perfect for Banana nut cake

  56. Jordan says:

    On Waffles!

  57. Erin R. says:

    Rolled sugar cookies. Mmm.

  58. anne g says:

    Pancakes!! I do this often.

  59. Laura Langberg says:

    I would use this to frost a double chocolate layer cake! This looks amazing!

  60. Denise says:

    yellow cake would be delicious, and would keep the focus on the peanut butter/maple flavor! yum!

  61. Katie says:

    Sticky buns or donuts! Any gooey breakfast treat, really

  62. Jeffrey says:

    I pile this on some double chocolate brownies!

  63. Samantha says:

    Cupcakes for sure!

  64. kelly s says:

    fresh fruit, some fresh veggies. on top of my fav ice cream, with crackers.

  65. janice says:

    this would be delish on english muffin or fruit!

  66. Valerie Loveall says:

    I would top cinnamon rolls with this deliciousness!

  67. Jen@Twenty-Something and Starving says:

    Mighty Maple is AMAZING! I’d love to frost some oatmeal cookies with it. :)

  68. Kelly @ Kelly the Culinarian says:

    I think it would be delicious with a pumpkin spice cookie or perhaps as a new twist on red velvet cake!

  69. Alyssa says:

    Maybe thin it out a bit and drizzle on a cinnamon coffee cake or cinnamon rolls!

  70. debbie says:

    looks great love maple anything

  71. Mary McCoy says:

    I think this would be yummy on cake pops with jelly filling.

  72. Rachel says:

    Banana and bacon stuffed french toast!!!

  73. Lynn says:

    I’d make cookie sandwiches with peanut butter as the filling. =)

  74. Brittany @ Barr & Table says:

    This icing would be fantastic on anything.. including a spoon! ;)

  75. katherine d says:

    dark chocolate cake

  76. conni says:

    sounds great for animal or graham crackers!

  77. Caitlin says:

    I’d like to frost a blondie with that! (or my tongue, either one.) YUM.

  78. Kelly says:

    I think it would make for a great peanut butter and banana sandwich!! Add a little honey and you’re good to go :)

  79. Victoria says:

    I would frost a maple cake and peanut butter cookies with this frosting!

  80. Emily says:

    brownie!

  81. Sarah says:

    I would use put it on cinnemon and coffee cake muffins! And on a bagel :)

  82. Angela says:

    This would go great on the blondies I just made last night, they need a little something to kick em up a notch!

  83. Tobi says:

    On spice cupcakes with bacon on top!

  84. Michele B says:

    Graham Crackers

  85. Rachel S says:

    Banana poundcake!

  86. Ellen says:

    Mixed with some raisins & walnuts, slightly warmed then drizzled over baked acorn squash. Yum-O!

  87. Kara D says:

    I would top an apple spice cake with the peanut butter frosting!

  88. Jennifer W says:

    I think this frosting would be perfect on some baked maple chocolate doughnuts! What a delicious breakfast!

  89. Doris Lane says:

    Love peanut butter just straight off the spoon

  90. Meaghan N says:

    I think this frosting would taste absolutely fantastic on some banana pancakes! I love peanut butter on my pancakes and peanut butter with maple would just round out the whole thing! This would also be a very good frosting for a batch of blondies! Yumm

  91. A W says:

    pumpkin waffles

  92. Stephanie says:

    A spoon.

  93. ioana c. says:

    i would use it on cupcakes

  94. jon says:

    i would dip apple slices

  95. Michelle says:

    I would make maple peanut butter banana bread!

  96. Carly says:

    Brownies!

  97. Linda Carlson says:

    Oatmeal Cookies!

  98. Sarah says:

    I would love to try to use this either in a pie or mixed into some home made ice cream!

  99. Ivonne M says:

    I would use it to top apple cinnamon muffins/cupcakes. yum

  100. Chris says:

    These peanut butter and maple cookies with this icing might be unbelievable:
    http://www.erinsfoodfiles.com/2009/09/peanut-butter-maple-cookies.html

  101. Kelli says:

    I’d use it to top banana nut muffins.

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