Carrot Cake Roll

Oh yes, please! Carrot Cake snuggles up with cream cheese frosting in this simple yet decadent version of a Swiss Roll. Like a Pumpkin Roll with a carrot cake recipe to make a different and fresh dessert to serve to your guests.

Carrot Cake Swiss Roll Cake

Perfect for spring entertaining or special holiday meals, or eating it alone in the pantry when no one is looking. This Carrot Cake Roll is actually a fun baking project to do with kids too, so maybe plan a little kitchen fun with your kids.

We love Swiss Roll Cakes

We all know and love the Pumpkin Roll right? And my Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake Roll. And don’t forget my Banana Roll either. Well here’s another version, the Carrot Cake Roll with a carrot cake recipe.

I didn’t come up with it but was inspired by a pin I saw on Pinterest. But the cake seemed rather plain. So I amped up the spices a bit, by adding a little cardamom and allspice to round out the spices, I love a flavorful cake recipe, don’t you? If the answer is yes try my Carrot Cake Bars too!

Carrot Cake Roll

As I said this is a fun baking project to do with kids because of the way it’s rolled up. My boys are always amazed when we turn a hot cake out on a dish towel and roll it up while hot. The best part is un-rolling it, spreading it with cream cheese frosting, rolling it right back up. Plus there’s cake when you’re done. WIN!

How to Roll A Swiss Roll Cake

  • bake your Swiss Roll Cake according to directions
  • while it’s baking sprinkle a clean dishtowel with powdered sugar
  • when the cake comes out of the oven immediately turn the pan over on your prepared towel
  • remove the parchment or waxed paper off the cake
  • starting on a short end of the cake roll the extra dishtowel up and when you get to the cake just keep on rolling
  • keep rolling the hot cake until you get to the end of the cake and roll the rest towel around the cake
  • lay the cake seam side down on a cooling rack to cool
  • when cool gently unroll the cake, frost or fill as desired, be careful not to break the roll while frosting
  • when frosted or filled roll back up and chill and serve
Carrot Cake Roll Slice

How to get Perfect Slices of a Swiss Roll

One more amazing thing about this cake. FREEZE IT. Yes, freeze it once you’re done filling it and keep it frozen until you’re ready to serve. Then slice it while it’s still frozen. It slices perfectly.

No messy frosting smears. Slice it all at once and freeze individual slices. Or slice it and serve it. Or leave it whole slicing off the pieces you need. Of course, you can always slice it regularly and it will be fine.

Carrot Cake Roll
Carrot Cake roll
Yield: 8 slices

Carrot Cake Roll

Carrot Cake Roll Slice

Carrot Cake snuggles up with cream cheese frosting in this simple yet decadent version of a Swiss Roll. This Carrot Cake Roll is perfect for spring entertaining or special holiday meals, or eating it alone in the pantry when no one is looking. Any which way you like.

Please note you can use wax paper for the pan lining, it will tolerate the short amount of oven time this cake takes. Or you can use foil. Whatever you do, just make sure you grease it so the cake releases easily.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes

Ingredients

Carrot Cake Roll

  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • pinch ground cloves
  • pinch ground allspice
  • 2/3 cup Sugar
  • 2 cups shredded carrot
  • powdered sugar, for rolling the cake

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • 4 TBSP butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp milk

Instructions

  1. preheat oven to 350˚
  2. line an 11x17 baking pan with parchment paper, grease generously and set aside
  3. in a stand mixer beat the eggs until they are thick and darkened
  4. while the stand mixer works sift togther the flour, baking powder and spices, set aside
  5. once the eggs have thickened up add the sugar and mix well
  6. add the flour mix to the bowl and stir to combine
  7. add the grated carrots and mix just until combined
  8. pour into the prepared pan, spread evenly
  9. bake 10-12 minutes, watching to make sure it doesn't burn
  10. while the cake is baking spread a large clean dishtowel and sprinkle with powdered sugar
  11. when it's done it will be springy to the touch
  12. once it's done remove it from the pan and invert on the prepared towel
  13. peel off the paper or foil
  14. sprinkle with additional powdered sugar
  15. beginning on short side, roll the edge of the towel up and continue rolling the cake with it
  16. roll it up tightly and leave it someplace safe to cool
  17. while it's cooling make your frosting by mixing the cream cheese and the butter together
  18. beat in the powered sugar
  19. add the milk to make it right consistency
  20. refrigerate until 30 minutes before ready to use, you want it cool but not hard as a rock
  21. once the cake is cool unroll it
  22. spread with the frosting, leving the last inch on the outside of the roll unfrosted
  23. roll the cake back up, MINUS THE TOWEL, wrap in plastic wrap or foil
  24. refrigerate or freeze until ready to use

Notes

  • you CAN use waxed paper instead of parchment but it does smoke a little, I've done it for years but recently switched to parchment
  • foil will work too
  • you will need a clean dishtowel for rolling the cake

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