Carrot Cake Amish Friendship Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting

Submitted by: Friendship Bread Kitchen
Image (c) Friendship Bread Kitchen

“Just like your favorite carrot cake, this loaf is the perfect picnic guest.”

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 16
Yield: 2 loaves

At a Glance

  • increase cinnamon to 1 tablespoon
  • add 3 medium carrots, shredded
  • add 1/2 chunky homestyle applesauce
  • add 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • add 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves


1 cup Amish Friendship Bread Starter
3 eggs
1 cup oil
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup chunky homestyle applesauce
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups flour
1-2 small boxes vanilla instant pudding
1 cup nuts, chopped
1 cup raisins
3 medium carrots, shredded
Cream Cheese Frosting


  1. Preheat oven to 325° F (165° C).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add ingredients as listed.
  3. Grease two large loaf pans.
  4. Dust the greased pans with cinnamon-sugar mixture of 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 cup sugar.
  5. Pour the batter evenly into loaf or cake pans and sprinkle the remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture on the top.
  6. Bake for one hour or until the bread loosens evenly from the sides and a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.
  7. ENJOY!

Kitchen Notes

This would be a wonderful variation made in mini Bundt pans. If using a pan with 4 molds, be sure to reduce baking time to 30 minutes before testing for readiness. Loaves should be thoroughly cooled before frosting.

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  1. Made these the other day and brought some into the office with me… everyone loved them! Those that already had a starter on them asked for the recipe, to which I introduced them to this website!

  2. Beth Masog says:

    I am so excited to try this recipe! Just 4 more days!

  3. Looks fabulous! I am going to have to make some starter and try some of these variation recipes!


  5. Carolyn O`Donnell says:

    When I take my starter out from freezer and let it sit, than can I use that one cup and rest of ingredients for this cake. Somewhere I read to first add 1/2c flour etc? Is this right?
    My recipe from the book for cake was so delicious. I`m trying the carrot next.
    Another question, do you test all these recipes?
    I have even started to print favorite recipes and put them in a binder.
    Thank you in advance

  6. Rather than cream cheese frosting I dusted this with powdered sugar and like it much better. Much better than loaded with frosting in my opinion.

  7. I can’t wait to try this recipe! I have only used the chocolate and cinnamon varieties, will be nice to switch it up!

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