Summer Carrot Cake with Acacia Honey Cream Cheese Frosting

acacia honey carrot cake

Satisfy your sweet spot!

This is one of my favorite desserts that always seems to satisfy my sweet spots. I modified the traditional “Carrot Cake” recipe so that the Acacia honey cream cheese frosting was the start of the show. Summer is about relaxing and enjoying a pause in the annual chaos of our personal and professional day to day lives. Vacations and cookouts are generally frequent around this time of year, so having a sweet and nutritious recipe that can serve your family is an important staple in pulling a great summer meal together. People are probably wondering where the chopped nut topping went, but because I have an allergy to nuts, that was one of the first aspects I decided modified. You can use ½ cup of chopped walnuts to re-adopt the more traditional carrot cake recipe.

acacia honey carrot cake

2 whole cups of finely cut carrots!


For Carrot Cake

(Using a 12x8x2 Pan) although I modified my recipe to serve more.

  • 1/2 cup – softened butter or margarine
  • 1 cup – Savannah Bee Acacia honey
  • 2 – eggs
  • 2 cups – finely grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup – golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup – chopped nuts
  • 1/4 cup – orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons – vanilla
  • 1 cup – whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup – unbleached flour
  • 2 teaspoons – baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons – ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon – baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon – salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon – ground ginger
  • 1/4 Tablespoon – ground nutmeg
acacia honey carrot cake

Perfect Cream Cheese Frosting!

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 ounces of cream cheese
  • ¼ soften butter
  • ¼ cup of Savannah Bee Acacia honey
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of orange or lemon zest

Putting it together

For Carrot Cake

  1. In large mixing bowl, cream butter until fluffy. Beat in honey in a fine stream until well blended. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  2. In a small bowl, combine carrots, raisins, nuts, orange juice and vanilla, set aside. Combine dry ingredients; set aside. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture alternately with carrot mixture, beginning and ending with dry ingredients.
  3. Turn batter into greased 12x8x2-inch pan. Bake at 350°F 35 to 45 minutes or until wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Turn onto wire cake rack.
Acacia honey carrot cake

Feeling international? Substitute Lavender honey or Rosemary honey!

Cream Cheese

  1. Whip cream cheese until soft, add butter, blend.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and whip till smooth and creamy.
  3. Spread on cake or muffins, or whatever you’re using it for. I used a 9-inch circular baking pan and made a cake.
  4. Drizzle with Savannah Bee Rosemary honey for a complex, herbaceous lift to your cream cheese frosting!

Submitted By: Jared Jackson

Jared Jackson is a blogger, food writer, and incredible cook! This Acacia honey Carrot Cake completes Jared’s July full dinner selection. Jared prepared an appetizer, main course, and desert for us this month using our international honey collection. We look forward to Jared’s August trio which will highlight our Southern honey collection; Orange Blossom honey, Tupelo honey, and Georgia Wildflower honey!

Check out the other recipes in his July International Honey series!

Appetizer – Lavender Honey and Herbed Goat Cheese Spread

Main CourseHamburgers with Rosemary Honey and Georgia Peach Chutney

Dessert – Acacia Honey Carrot Cake (above)


Comments (3)

  1. em says:

    this recipe sounds fantastic. would using all unbleached flour instead of wheat flour mess up the recipe too much? thanks! can’t wait to try it out!

    1. brantley says:

      I think this change should be fine. If anything, it will lighten the texture just a bit!

  2. Samantha says:

    Carrot Cake is my favorite dessert! I always tell our customers that acacia honey is the best type for baking, but I never even thought of something like this! I can’t wait to try this at home over the weekend, and maybe use some tupelo for some other baked goods.

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