Carrot Cake served in a Jar

Carrot Cake Served in a Jar

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Doesn’t this make a pretty presentation? I love carrots and I love carrot cake! It’s one of those comforting desserts I like to reach for often. The ingredients are simple and you can take shortcuts if you’re short on time by using cake mix and store-bought frosting. But if you do have time to make it from scratch, I’ve got a great recipe for below.

I think what takes this dessert to the next level is serving it in jars and top each jar with a lil cinnamon or finely chopped pecans, and if you really want to go all out, add either a spoonful of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream on top before you add the pecan shavings!

Carrot Cake Served in a Jar

Course: Ordinary Recipes Made Gourmet


  • For the Cake:
  • 4 eggs

  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil

  • 2 cups sugar

  • 2 cups flour

  • 2 tsp. baking soda

  • 1 tsp. salt

  • 2 tsp. cinnamon

  • few drops vanilla (optional)

  • 3 cups grated carrots

  • 1/2 cups chopped pecans

  • For the Cream Cheese Icing:
  • 1 (1 lb.) box confectioners’ sugar, sifted

  • 1/4 lb. (1 stick) butter, softened

  • 1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened

  • 2 tsp. vanilla

  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


  • For the Cake:
  • Beat eggs, mix with oil, then sugar.
  • Combine dry ingredients then mix all together. 
  • Add grated carrots and pecans.
  • Bake in three greased 8-inch cake pans or 9-inch tube pan at 350°F for about 25-30 minutes (depends on pan used) or until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out nearly clean. (I prefer two 9-inch pans for a two-layer cake)
  • For the Cream Cheese Icing:
  • Combine butter and cream cheese.
  • Stir in sugar, add vanilla and pecans. 
  • Ice the cake (if you want to serve it as a traditional cake)

For the presentation:

I like using the 8-oz mason jars. Once the cake is cooled, just slice it and place in jars, then top them anyway you want and serve them up!

Another option:

You can even layer the jar with one slice of cake on the bottom and place vanilla ice cream or whipped cream on top followed by another slice of cake and again with the cream. Finally top with shavings of cinnamon and finely chopped pecans.

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Kim McDougal

Kim is the founder and creator of Growing Up in Grace. By day, she's the Director of Interactive Communications for the Hispanic chamber located in Jax, FL. Kim also owns "Kim's Studio Art" where she creates and sells Wall Art Printables and "Kim's Handcrafted Cards" on eBay where she creates and sells handmade greeting cards.