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Lemony Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Glaze

Lemon makes everything better
Lemony carrot cake with cream cheese glaze
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This isn't your average carrot cake. It's not too sweet, but it is filled with walnuts, raisins and lemon zest.

This recipe adapted from "1,001 Best Slow-Cooker Recipes" by Sue Spitler appeared in the Chicago Tribune.

Ready in
4 h 5 m
35 m
(prepare time)
3 h 30 m
(cook time)
Calories Per Serving


For the cake

  • 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 Cups packed light brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 Cups shredded carrots, about six carrots
  • 1/3 Cup each: raisins, coarsely chopped walnuts
  • Grated zest of one lemon
  • 1 1/2 Cup flour
  • 1 Teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon salt

For the glaze

  • 1/4 Cup reduced-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 Teaspoons butter or margarine, at room temperature
  • 1/2 Teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 Cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon milk or more


For the cake

Beat butter and brown sugar in a large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy, about two minutes.

Beat in eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Stir in carrots, raisins, walnuts and lemon zest.

Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl; fold flour mixture into the batter until incorporated.

Pour batter into greased and floured 7- to 8-cup springform pan; place on a small rack or inverted custard cup in slow cooker.

Cover slow cooker; cook on high until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, about three and a half hours.

Cool pan on wire rack 10 minutes; remove side of pan.


For the glaze

For glaze, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla in a medium bowl with a spoon until smooth; beat in the confectioners' sugar.

Stir in enough milk to make a thick glaze.

Drizzle over cake.