Carrot Cake with Praline Filling and Cream Cheese Frosting

“What do we have to eat that’s sweet?” asked ‘Mr. Meat and Potatoes’ Bill.

“Uh, nothing hon.  Would you like me to bake a cake?”

“Oh YEA!”

“How about a layered carrot cake?  With a praline filling?”

He was speechless!   Sweets and football games on TV will quiet this man faster than anything I know.  Off to the kitchen I scurry.  This cake took one half of the day to make.  Bill got his cake and ate it too . . . the next day with this Carrot Cake with Praline Filling & Cream Cheese Frosting!  If I wanted to sell this cake I’d have to charge $10.00 a slice just to break even with the ingredients and time that was put into baking it.

This is a very dense, heavy, thick, utterly rich cake . . . if you’re looking for light and flakey, this is not your cake.  This is “wow, I-can-only-eat-half-a-slice carrot cake.”

Oh, but made with so much love!

Let me warn you, the praline filling alone will send you directly to blissful heaven.  You may even find yourself spooning it . . . no pouring it into your mouth as it cools on the stove.

This is dangerously rich stuff that puts a humble carrot cake way over the TOP!  I think I’ll make a bigger batch of it the next time to drizzle over the cake!

I doubled the frosting to make this extra luscious.  For me, it’s the frosting on the cake that matters more than the cake anyway!  But I rarely eat sweets, being more of a savory flavor kind of gal.  Maybe that’s why my husband begs me to bake . . . I really do need to do this more often.  Baking really is quite fun!

all decorated for the new season of autumn
thick layers of frosting on my cakes, that’s why the recipe calls for such large amounts of ingredients.
In this open portion of the cake the praline filling is dripping down the cut cake . . . oh so good!
Carrot Cake with Praline Filling and Cream Cheese Frosting
For The Cake:
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ground ginger
  • ⅛ tsp. ground cloves
  • ⅛ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • ½ cup vegetable/canola oil
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1-1/3 cups drained crushed pineapple
  • 1 cup shredded coconut flakes
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 6 cups shredded carrots
  • Prepare praline filling and cream cheese frosting.
Praline Filling:
  • 6 Tbsp. butter
  • 1-1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 2 8-oz. packages cream cheese, softened
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 7 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 tsp. butter flavoring
  • pinch of salt
For the cake:
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare 3 9-inch round baking pans with butter/cooking spray and flour dusting.
  3. In a small amount (about 1 cup) of water, cook the shredded carrots for about 15 minutes to tenderize.
  4. Drain all of the water from the carrots.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg.
  6. Mix well.
  7. Add the oil, eggs, vanilla extract, pineapple, coconut, pecans, and carrots.
  8. Place equal amounts of cake batter into each of three prepared pans.
  9. Bake for 35 - 40 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Place on baking racks to cool.
For The Praline Filling:
  1. In a heavy pan, melt the butter.
  2. Add brown sugar and mix well.
  3. Add cream, vanilla, and salt.
  4. Mix well again.
  5. Slowly add in the flour and cornstarch.
  6. Vigorously blend well with a whipping utensil.
  7. Use a small-holed strainer to remove any lumps of flour/cornstarch.
  8. Pour the praline filling into a metal bowl.
  9. Place in the freezer for a few hours to thicken or refrigerate overnight.
For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
  1. Blend all ingredients together.
  2. Assembly of Cake
  3. Gently remove cooled 3 cakes layers from pans.
  4. Pour half of the praline filling onto 2 of the cake layers only.
  5. Immediately place these in the freezer if the filling is too runny. This will thicken up the filling more quickly.
  6. Remove chilled cake layers with praline filling from the freezer after several hours.
  7. Spread thick layers of cream cheese frosting on top of the two cake layers with filling.
  8. Place these two cake layers on top of each other and then place the final third cake layer without any praline filling on the top.
  9. Frost the cake and decorate how you like.


pour the praline filling over two of the baked cake layers . . .
place in freezer to harden the praline
spread a layer of frosting on top of “chilled” praline filling
place the second praline-topped cake layer on next and frost it too
place the third cake layer without praline filling on top and ice the entire cake
decorate your cakes with simple things from the craft stores such as these wheat and nuts accents
a slice of rich, dense, heavy cake with layers of praline and cream cheese frosting


My good friend, Liz gave me the honor of baking this cake for her book club and posted it on her blog, That Skinny Chick Can Bake and it was a huge hit among the group and her family!  My sister, Kelly, made it for her husband’s birthday and recommended it to Liz.  I know that you’ll get the same reactions from others when you present this delicious Carrot Cake with Praline Filling & Cream Cheese Frosting!


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    • says

      Claudia, I wish I could share this with your husband and you because it is FAR too big of a cake for just my husband (I only eat about a fourth of a normal slice)!


    • says

      That’s exactly why I’m not eating a lot of this cake . . . my super-skinny-can-eat-anything-and-makes-me-sick husband will eat the entire damn thing, Val!

      Hugs to you in Canada,

  1. says

    As my daughter would say, “Oh Mon Dieu.” And pass the cake. I love how you used this as a transition to autumn. I make a carrot cake for husband for his August birthday. Thought it was pretty good until I saw this. As my mother would have said, “I’ll have a credit card slice.” Your husband and my husband would get along very well. I am wishing you all good things for your year off and recovery. Hope Italy speeds the process beautifully!

    • says

      A credit card slice is perfect for this for people like me who gain weight looking at food! Maybe even just a bit too!

      Thank you for your well wishes for my back health. . . it’s been slow recovering and I’m glad that I have a back brace for walking around Italy. The wine will help too! Especially helpful will be some strong limoncello!


    • says

      Thank you Rosa. I wish you could come on over and shoot some photos with your new camera. You amaze me with your camera talent!

      Cheers too,

  2. says

    Wow – you have one lucky husband! That cake sounds and looks wonderful. I can’t imagine how delicious it must be. Your fall decorations are (also) icing on the cake!

    • says

      I agree with Tricia, he’s pretty lucky and I just wish I could eat this and any other cake like he does without gaining a pound! Thanks for the kind compliment!

  3. says

    Carrot cake is what I always ask for on my birthday…and you’ve pushed it over the top with this fantastic recipe! Your icing looks so rich and glossy, and the praline filling sounds extraordinary! I hope you saved me a slice :)

  4. says

    Carrot cake one of my favourite! The name sounds so healthy, almost boring, but this MASTERPIECE is rich and full of sweetness!! The investment in time and ingredients to bake this cake is well worth it. Well done!

    • says

      I know what you’re saying Rita . . . sounds healthy, but really oh so decadent! Every now and then we can have a little splurge, huh? Thank you for your visit and compliment!

    • says

      Thank you Angie, I’d enjoy any of your recipes for an entree before a bite of this cake. Thank you for the tip about placing a ‘pin it’ button on my blog. So kind of you!

    • says

      Thanks Angie! The pin button is in the “+” symbol below. Type in Pinterest and it pops up. I’d like to add the ‘pin it’ button to my posts and need to do that right away, huh? yes, go ahead and copy the photo and url on your pin board. Thank you for doing that !


    • says

      Thank you so much Piping Bags! I went to your site to leave a comment, but couldn’t find where to do so. I agree, sometimes good things should never be changed, but I knew that I wanted a different filling this time and it really worked nicely. I hope that you stop by and visit again!

    • says

      Thank you Larry! Bill and I have been wanting to try and duplicate a cake prepared by a local restaurant that doesn’t share recipes (and I understand that), and we think that this recipe is even better than theirs! It’s mighty fine and mighty fattening!

    • says

      Actually I can believe that because Switzerland is so international and so many wonderful cakes and pastries are made there. Talk to you when I return from Italy!

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