2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Recipe: Warm Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Ah. We knew the day would come…the day that we started craving some of those wonderful dishes that we’ve had a chance to enjoy at the 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

Welcome to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

Welcome to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

And we figure if it’s happening to us, it’s probably happening for you, too. ;-)

While we’ve enjoyed some truly delicious flavors at this year’s festival, we had our favorites from the very beginning!

And one of the sweets we don’t think you should miss is the Fresh Baked Carrot Cake with Craisins® and Cream Cheese Icing.

Served at the Hops & Barley Marketplace Booth, this is one of the best entries into the Disney Carrot Cake Arena we’ve ever sampled!

Fresh baked carrot cake with Craisins® and cream cheese icing

Fresh Baked Carrot Cake with Craisins® and Cream Cheese Icing from the Hops & Barley Marketplace Booth

Warm and moist, the cake itself is chock-full of goodies. Dried cranberries give the mix an unexpected tang.

And the Icing. You know that amazing Warm Cream Cheese Icing you sometimes find on cinnamon rolls?

Yeah. That.

Cross section of carrot cake with cream cheese icing

Fresh Baked Carrot Cake with Craisins® and Cream Cheese Icing — Cross Section

Given our love around here for Carrot Cake, we were on the fence about whether this one would be mention-worthy or a total snoozefest. I’m happy to say, it’s amazing.

So here’s the recipe to make those Carrot Cake fantasies a reality.

Warm Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Hops & Barley Marketplace Booth

Yield: 12 Mini Cakes


Carrot Cake:
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup orange juice
2 cups sugar
1 1/3 cups vegetable oil
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, divided
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
1 cup chopped walnuts
2 cups grated carrots
1/2 cup diced fresh pineapple

Cream Cheese Icing:
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 to 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 to 3 tablespoons milk


For Carrot Cake:
1. Soak dried cranberries in orange juice overnight.

2. Preheat oven to 325° F. Butter and flour 12 (1/2 cup) oven-safe ramekins.

3. Combine sugar, oil, and eggs in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; beat until light yellow. Stir in vanilla.

4. Sift together 2 1/2 cups flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.

5. Add flour mixture to sugar-egg mixture, mixing until just combined.

6. Drain dried cranberries (discard any remaining orange juice). Toss cranberries and walnuts with 1 tablespoon flour. Add carrots and pineapple, tossing to combine. Fold mixture into batter.

7. Ladle batter into prepared ramekins. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted into cakes comes out clean.

For Cream Cheese Icing:
1. Beat cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer until smooth. Beat in 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar and vanilla.

2. Add more confectioners’ sugar and milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until consistency is spreadable.

3. While cakes are still warm, turn out of ramekins and spread with icing.

Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? The individual cakes would make a delicious and comforting dessert for your Autumn dinner party…or even a glorious weekend breakfast treat!

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How to Book Epcot Food & Wine Festival Events

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Will you be making Warm Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing after reading the recipe? Leave us your thoughts in comments below!

Recipe Credit: A Taste of Epcot: Festival Food From Around the Globe Cookbook


  1. Amy says

    That looks very tasty and moist, but it seems like a lot of frosting for a small amount of cakes. Has anyone tried making this yet? Was the frosting a good amount for the cake?

  2. Chris UK says

    I had one of these too last week (I’m back home now and thoroughly got the Post-Disney Blues

  3. Melissa says

    I just made a full cake sized version of this for Thanksgiving. So so so so so so good! Thank you for posting the recipe. And for anyone wondering I used a 9×13 cake pan and it needs to bake a little longer than 40 minutes. Use less confectioner sugar for the glaze if you want that runny texture

  4. Maureen says

    Melissa, that was a great idea, to try it in the 9×13 pan! Glad it came out so well-did you leave it in the pan, or did you turn it out?

  5. Lisa says

    I made these tonight after trying them at this years festival and they turned out perfectly. Wonderful fall dessert.

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