Thursday, October 8, 2020

Candied Carrot Coffee Cake

  It's time for the Improv Cooking Challenge again.  I don't participate as often as I'd like.   This month the challenge was to combine Carrots and Cinnamon in a recipe.  And I may not even be included in the final HTML, cause I plain forgot to sign up.  I'm posting about it anyway. 

I am in the final list, yeah me.  And... I forgot to tell you who our hostess is. Nichole of Cookaholic Wife came up with the idea of incorporating two different food ingredients into a recipe. We get to play with different combinations every month that we care to participate. 

I came up with a doozy of a recipe.   At least I think it's pretty good.

At first I thought Muffins with a twist, but then decided I really wanted a piece of coffeecake, and that's when the inspiration hit.  And I had a little bit of fun too and decided that this recipe could also slip in under the wire for a Halloween Breakfast treat as well.     

Candied Carrot Coffee Cake

You got the little orange bits in the cake, right?   

Here are a couple pictures of the process. 

The carrots in the bowl with the sugar and butter, before and after being zapped in the microwave for a minute or so.  I put a piece of cling wrap over the bowl before microwaving it. 

Diced carrots, butter and brown sugar
Diced carrots, butter and brown sugar

Look at the lovely 'juice' from the melted butter and sugar, I kept that and added it to the oat topping.  

Which went so nicely with the oat streusel topping. 

Candied Carrot Coffee Cake

Candied Carrot Coffee cake

Yield: 4 servings
Author: Sid's Sea Palm Cooking -
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 35 MinTotal time: 45 Min
This is a light, lightly sweetened coffee cake, perfect for a quick snack but it only makes a few servings. Which is not a bad thing. This is also baked in a toaster oven.


  • 2 carrots, diced fine, cooked with 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoon brown sugar in the microwave, drained and butter sauce reserved. (about 1cup total)
  • 1 cup self rising flour
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup Créme Fräiche or Sour Cream
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2-3/4 cup quick cooking oats
  • 2-3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2-3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • butter sauce from the cooked carrots


  1. Heat the toaster oven to 375 degrees.    Grease a small pan, mine was 5x7 inches,  set aside.   Cook the carrots and drain the butter sauce, retaining the sauce.  Set aside to cool.
  2. Rub the cold butter into the flour, add the sugar and the cooked, drained carrots.  Mix together, lightly.  Whisk the egg, creme fraiche, vanilla extract and milk together.  Add to the dry ingredients and mix together until just combined.
  3. Spoon into the prepared pan and top with the Oat streusel topping.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in cake comes out clean. 
  1. Mix the oats, brown sugar and cinnamon together.  Melt the butter and add the butter sauce.  Pour over the oats mixture and mix together and sprinkle or spread evenly on top of the cake batter.  bake the cake.
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Sid loves to cook, feed people and have fun in the kitchen. She shares her successes and the involuntary offerings she sometimes gives the kitchen goddess as well. And she's still looking for the mythical fairy to help her clean the kitchen after a marathon cooking session. Currently working on a cookbook showcasing the recipes from her Danish heritage.


  1. You seem to be very professional in the way you write. 다음드

  2. Love this!! What a great idea to use candied carrot pieces instead of just grated carrot in this breakfast cake!

    1. Thanks, I had fun playing this month. And the cake, is pretty tasty as well. The little carrot pieces are nice surprise inside.

  3. Color me intrigued! And the carrots are so simple, it doesnt involve a lot of extra steps.

    1. I wanted to try something that was a little 'different'. If you can cut small dice, you can make this.

  4. Love those diced carrots in the cake, they look like orange pearls!

    1. I love that, orange pearls. I will do this again for a coffee cake as I thought it was pretty brilliant.

  5. Congratulations!
    Your awesome post is featured on Full Plate Thursday,509 this week. Hope you have a very special week and thanks so much for sharing with us!
    Miz Helen

    1. Thanks, that's an honor. Have yourself a great week as well.


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