Carrot Cake Coffee Cake

Please welcome into your life: Carrot Cake Coffee Cake.

This recipe is a fan favorite for spring and was originally published in 2021. It is also part of this year’s Spring Bucket List! Find out more about the bucket list here.

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…

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

In This Post: Everything You Need For Carrot Cake Coffee Cake

Watch How to Make Carrot Cake Coffee Cake

Ingredients for Carrot Cake Coffee Cake

Make Carrot Cake Coffee Cake

Carrot Cake Coffee Cake: Frequently Asked Questions

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Ingredients You’ll Need To Make This Spring Treat

This is different than a classic carrot cake recipe because of the incredible crumb topping that YOU NEED, but we have a pretty standard baking lineup ahead.

For the cake:





all-purpose flour

baking soda



For the streusel topping:

more butter (yum!!)


brown sugar



Let’s Make Carrot Cake Coffee Cake

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

Pulse the carrots in a food processor. 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.

Make your batter. Grab a large bowl and mix up a very simple batter with eggs, flour, sugar, cinnamon, and (wait for it) butter. BUTTER. Carrot cakes traditionally use vegetable oil. But newsflash: BUTTER IS DELICIOUS. So today we use butter. Obviously.

Mix up your streusel layer. Bring all your streusel ingredients together in a small bowl and pulse things up until you get a pebble-like texture.

Bake! Grease your pan or put some parchment paper in there. Now it gets baked under an aggressively thick layer of streusel. You can test the cake doneness by sticking a toothpick in the center. If the toothpick comes out clean, it’s good to go!

Major YUM! Whatcha waiting for? Drizzle some honey butter on (or, like some readers have done, a layer of cream cheese frosting!) and let’s gooo!

And finally, THIS HAPPENS.

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.

Carrot Cake Coffee Cake: Frequently Asked Questions

What size pan do you recommend?

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

How can I make the honey butter that goes on top?

It’s super easy! See recipe notes for exact instructions.

Should I use salted or unsalted butter?

Salted butter is best for this recipe!

How can I make this gluten-free?

We have not tested this recipe ourselves with a gluten-free flour alternative, but one reader used almond flour in place of it and said it worked well (however, they also reported that it did not bind together as well as regular flour). We’d probably recommend giving a 1:1 gluten-free flour a try instead as it will likely give you a closer result to the original!

Can I make this ahead of time?

Sure thing! We’d make this just a day ahead of time to make sure it’s still fresh and moist when you serve.

Could I make this with another alternative for butter?

One reader subbed vegetable oil in the cake and coconut oil on the topping and said it worked great! We’d expect a vegan butter to also work well.

Could you use an egg alternative?

While we haven’t tested this with flax or chia eggs, one reader did make this recipe with chia eggs and said it turned out wonderfully!


Carrot Cake Coffee Cake


Total Time:
55 minutes

8-10 servings


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 butter, melted
2 eggs
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of salt

Streusel Topping:

4 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of salt


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.
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.
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).
Bake: Spread batter into a greased 9-inch round baking pan (see FAQs). Sprinkle with streusel. Bake for 30 minutes until the center is just set. Top with honey butter if you’re extra (you are).


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.

Prep Time: 20 minutesCook Time: 35 minutesCategory: BreakfastMethod: BakeCuisine: American

Keywords: carrot cake coffee cake, coffee cake, carrot cake

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This recipe is part of our yummy carrot recipes page. Check it out!

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