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Carrot Cake Bars

“A friend served these moist, tender cake bars at an outdoor party, and everyone raved about the taste. Often, I'll bake a big panful and freeze some for another day. So good!" —Agnes Ward, Stratford, Ontario
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    3 dozen


  • 3 large eggs
  • 1-1/4 cups canola oil
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 jar (6 ounces) carrot baby food
  • 1 container (3-1/2 ounces) applesauce baby food
  • 1 container (3-1/2 ounces) apricot baby food
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar


  • In a large bowl, beat eggs and oil for 2 minutes. Combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to egg mixture. Add baby foods; mix well. Stir in walnuts if desired.
  • Transfer to a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  • For frosting, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar. Frost; cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator.

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  • lv8or
    Mar 30, 2014

    My grandma's recipe is similar, but she uses baby food carrots for all 3 jars, no applesauce or apricots and no nuts. And they are always a huge hit!

  • countychar
    Mar 30, 2014

    I think you need to mention that the baby food for the carrots is "Junior" baby food. Might be the reason for the one person who wasn't happy. Using baby food save a lot of time and work. Wonderful dessert.

  • Grammy Debbie
    Aug 8, 2013

    I love this recipe! I stir some caramel topping into the cream cheese frosting and it makes it extra special and takes away a little of the extra sweetness that I sometimes detect in cream cheese frosting. I like the fact that it makes a large batch of bars, perfect for family reunions, office functions, etc. I store any leftovers (when there are some!) in a square plastic container in the refrigerator, separating the layers with waxed paper or parchment paper rather than in the pan to save on refrigerator space.

  • Kara L.
    Jan 2, 2013

    The easiest way to get carrot cake without the work of grating the carrots! Yummy, moist & delicious. Great with or without walnuts. Raisins are a nice substitution for the nuts as well.

  • mmbreen
    Oct 29, 2012

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  • kellygardens
    Apr 7, 2012

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  • jawjwe
    Mar 26, 2011

    It did not taste like a carrot cake, not sure the baby food adds anything.

  • Amy the Midwife
    Mar 1, 2011

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  • JessT2003
    Feb 14, 2011

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  • karawolf
    Apr 5, 2010

    I used only 3/4 a cup of oil instead of the 1 1/4 cups and 2 containers of applesause, and they were still nice and moist!