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sourdough carrot cake
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5 from 3 votes

Sourdough Carrot Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

If you like carrot cake, you will love this one made with sourdough and then topped with a maple syrup cream cheese frosting.
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 15 minutes
Cool down time3 hours
Total Time4 hours 45 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Sourdough carrot cake
Servings: 24 servings
Calories: 259kcal
Cost: $ 12


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 whole eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups maple syrup
  • 1 ¼ cups avocado oil
  • 1 cup sourdough starter
  • 3 cups grated carrots
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Preheat your oven to 350˚F.
  • Use a little bit of avocado or coconut oil to grease your baking dish.
  • Grate the carrots with a box grater or a food processor and set them aside.
  • In a large mixing combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt. Mix these ingredients well.
  • To this bowl or a separate large mixing bowl, the eggs, vanilla extract, maple syrup, avocado oil, sourdough starter, and the shredded carrots. Optional: add chopped walnuts. Mix until all the ingredients are well-incorporated.
  • Pour the cake batter into the greased baking dish.
  • Bake the sourdough carrot cake for about 55 - 90 minutes or until an inserted knife or toothpick comes out clean.
  • Let the cake cool down on a wire rack at room temperature before frosting.
  • Let the cream cheese and maple come to room temperature and put them into a medium bowl. Add the vanilla extract.
  • Either with your stand mixer or a handheld mixer, whip the frosting until it is very soft and uniform.
  • Spread the frosting on the cooled cake.
  • This sourdough carrot cake will taste even better the next day!


  • you can use either your sourdough discard or fed sourdough starter for this recipe


Calories: 259kcal
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