Since we’re stuck and home, keeping my kids entertained has been a full time job. What’s neat is that they always go back to asking to do the things we did before they started school. When they were toddlers and preschoolers, we spent a lot of time cooking, baking, and playing in the kitchen. That’s how this delicious Lazy Carrot Cake was born. When I found this boxed cake in our pantry, I decided to try the same technique we use for our Lazy Chocolate Chip Cookies… and it WORKED!
This Lazy Carrot Cake is so easy to make, perfectly moist, and topped with an easy homemade whipped cream frosting. Let’s face it – we are short on ingredients, we can’t get to the store easily, online orders are backed up, and I feel like I’m constantly cooking right now.
To top it off, we don’t have any cream cheese frosting or cream cheese to make a homemade frosting. Good news: our whipped cream frosting is my kids’ favorite anyways. It’s so light and fluffy (and I mean incredibly fluffy). It smothers this delicious carrot cake in a way that will leave you craving another piece.
If you are anything like us, we’ve stocked up on supplies as best as we could have done. But, we still have random things that we’re running low on. For the next few weeks, we are trying our hardest to avoid the grocery store and utilize online ordering. However, online grocery shopping is backed up for several days or is not available at all. If we are lucky to get an order placed, it won’t be delivered for 5 days. We have no choice but to be creative! Back to basics with my kids (and I do consider this educational haha!).
We only used 1 stick of butter and a couple eggs. You’ll want your butter to be room temp but if you’re lazy like we are lately, you can soften butter quickly with a little trick. Slice the butter stick into about 6-7 pieces on a microwave safe plate. Put 2 cups of water into a microwave safe cup. Put the water into the microwave for about 2-3 minutes until it boils. Quickly remove the boiling water and put the plate of butter in the microwave. The heat and moisture in the microwave will gently bring the temperature of the butter up without melting it after a few minutes. Melted butter vs. room temperature is very different!
Mix the ingredients and place the batter into a baking dish. We used an 8×8 inch pan, but just know, you can use whatever size dish you have. This Lazy Carrot Cake recipe is fool proof. Of course, the thickness of the cake will vary by pan size and it will also impact the baking time. But hey, you’re at home so just keep an eye on the cake and use the toothpick test to check on the cake if your pan size is different from what I used.
While the Lazy Carrot Cake is baking, whip up an unreal homemade frosting. If you have frosting on hand, lucky you! Or, if you have cream cheese in the refrigerator to make a cream cheese frosting, even better. If you’re like us and don’t have either, this is what we did. These 3 ingredients make an incredible whipped cream frosting that stays perfect as long as it is refrigerated.
I’m not going to lie, we ate cake for lunch today hahaha! My kids absolutely love this frosting but had never made a carrot cake until today. Who would have ever imagined this frosting is an incredible compliment for carrot cake too? Lightest, fluffiest, yummiest homemade frosting you can ever make.
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Ok so if you’d prefer to eat the cake warm out of the oven, I say do it! Cut the cake into bars and put a fresh scoop of the whipped cream frosting on the side. Dip the cake into the cold frosting and, well, thank me later. It’s all about keeping it real and enjoying the little things in life right now.
HAPPY EASTER!! This is one to remember:)
Lazy Carrot Cake
You Will Need
For the Cake:
- 1 box of carrot cake mix
- 1 stick of butter at room temp (1/2 cup) *see tip below for quickly bringing butter to room temp.
- 2 eggs
- Mixing bowl
- Electric hand mixer
- Non-stick spray
- 8×8 inch baking dish
For the Frosting:
- 2 cups of heavy cream
- 1 cup of powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Refrigerated mixing bowl (place it in the freezer for about 10 minutes)
- Refrigerated electric whisk (place it in the freezer for about 10 minutes)
* Slice the butter stick into about 6-7 pieces on a microwave safe plate. Put 2 cups of water into a microwave safe cup. Put the water into the microwave for about 2-3 minutes until it boils. Quickly remove the boiling water and put the plate of butter in the microwave. The heat and moisture in the microwave will gently bring the temperature of the butter up without melting it after a few minutes.
For the Cake:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Add the cake mix, butter, and eggs to a mixing bowl
- Mix ingredients until fully combined
- Place batter into baking dish prepared with non-stick spray
- Bake for about 35 minutes or until the center of the cake is baked (use the toothpick test, especially if you’re using a different size baking dish)
- Let the cake cool completely and then cover with whipped cream frosting
For the Frosting:
- Remove the mixing bowl and whisk attachment from the freezer
- Add the heavy cream to the cold bowl and whisk on high for a few minutes until it thickens
- Add in the powdered sugar and vanilla extract
- Mix on high again for a few more minutes until peaks form
- Cover the Lazy Carrot Cake with the frosting