Planted Carrot Chocolate Easter Cake

Planted Carrot Chocolate Easter Cake from cute and super simple to make! Usually when I write a blog post, I’ll first edit photos, then import them, then write out the recipe and then do all the writing which is what you’re reading now.

Except for this post, I did things kinda differently. Liiiiike, I wrote out the recipe first, then I did the photos and now I’m *supposed to be* working on the writing.

Except instead of typing stuff out, I went into iTunes and started some music.

Then organized half of my song library.

Then went to Facebook and browsed.

Then semi-stalked an old family friend/neighbor from Canada.

Then got a snack. {Yes, it was high in protein.}

Then I turned on some music again from Pandora.

Then pinned a few things.

Then went back to Facebook to post about these cookies I found on Pinterest.

Aaaaand now I’m back to finish this darn post.

At what point would you say I completely failed at staying ‘on task’?

Don’t answer that.

Planted Carrot Chocolate Easter Cake from cute and super simple to make! There is a point to me telling you how awful I am at staying focused. I will get to it when I remember again.




During one of my online-procrastination-party-escapades I found this pin. That pin got me thinking and the next day this cake was born. Pretty cute, right? I think so.

Fake carrots and dirt on top of a chocolate cake and whole lotta chocolate sour cream frosting.

Can I just take a minute to say OHMYGORSH, sour cream in chocolate frosting is life changing. LIFE.CHANGING.

Planted Carrot Chocolate Easter Cake from cute and super simple to make! Take an extra close gander at all that creamy goodness!! It’s semi-similar to chocolate cream cheese frosting, but is really it’s own entity. I am *slightly* obsessed with it now.

Make this cake just for the frosting.

Or just make the frosting and eat it with a spoon. I won’t judge.

Planted Carrot Chocolate Easter Cake from cute and super simple to make! I used my Perfect Chocolate Cake recipe for the base, Oreos for the dirt, orange frosting + mint for the carrots and decorated the edges with Mini Cadbury Eggs aka the best chocolate in all the land.

It’s a super adorable cake for Easter and mighty tasty too. Plus you really don’t need a whole lot of skill to make this either. Simple steps to a fabulous final product.

Save it, pin it, print it, make it. You know the drill.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!


Planted Carrot Chocolate Easter Cake

Yield: 18 servings Prep Time: 2 hours 10 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes


1 recipe Perfect Chocolate Cake, baked in a 9x13 pan and cooled

for the frosting:
1/2 cup softened salted butter
1/3 cup sifted cocoa powder
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup sour cream

for the 'carrots':
1/4 cup softened butter
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/8 teaspoon vanilla
orange food coloring
1-2 teaspoons milk

9 sprigs of fresh mint
12 Oreo Cookies, crushed
1 bag mini Cadbury eggs


Place cooled baked cake onto a serving platter and set aside.

To make chocolate sour cream frosting, mix butter, cocoa powder and powdered sugar together 1-2 minutes to incorporate butter throughout sugar. Mixture will be dry. Stir in vanilla and sour cream. Scrape sides and whip 2 minutes or until completely smooth. Spread frosting over entire cake.

In a small bowl, whip all ingredients for the orange frosting {carrots} until smooth. Spoon into piping bag fitted with the Wilton 1A tip {wide round tip}. Pipe 3 to 4 rows of 3 even rounds or dollops onto the chocolate frosting creating the tops of the carrots. Top each carrot with a sprig of mint. Spread crushed oreo cookies around each frosting carrot to create the dirt.

Finally, line the edges of the entire cake with mini Cadbury eggs. Cut into pieces and serve.


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  1. This might be the most adorable cake I’ve seen. I love it :)


  2. So cute! Cadbury mini eggs make the world go ’round…at least my world anyway. i.LOVE.EASTER.CANDY.


  3. Yes, sour cream chocolate frosting is *wipes drool off keyboard* wonderful, amazing, oh, so loverly, I wish I had some RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!


  4. Lauren, I follow your blog pretty religiously but I’m not much of a commentator. I have been back to this post several times today and I just have to say that I’m in love with this cake. How CUTE! I just have to put this on my menu for Easter.


    • Lauren — March 29th, 2014 @ 9:04 am

      Well, hooray! Hope you like it :) Thanks for the comment too!


  5. I think I may just have to make this for Easter or one of the potluck dinners our Sunday School class has. Thanks so much for sharing! I recently discovered your blog, and I’m looking forward to trying your recipes.


  6. Lauren, this cake looks amazing!! Going to try and make it for Easter!


  7. Like you said easy and everyday ingredients you have in your pantry, I’m going to make it for Easter and have posted it on Facebook so everyone can have the same easy cute idea as me. Thanks.


  8. TOO cute for words!


  9. I made this for Easter yesterday (subbing in and eggless cake recipe). It was adorable and the frosting was AWESOME! Thanks for another great recipe.


  10. made cupcakes version yesterday for get together, kids and adults loved it!!
    since it was past easter, i just topped it with grated dark chocolate and homemade tiny choco chip cookie chillaxing in the middle. thanks for a keeper Lauren! my hunt for perfect chocolate cake, frosting is over xoxo leftover was even better since the frosting has set and choco flavour more intense, nom nom nom


    • thesa — April 25th, 2014 @ 12:03 pm

      ohh p.s. ive added a big pinch (will sift it next time) of instant coffee in wet ingredients to make chocolate cake yummier! (been doing this trick with red velvet recipe from adora’s box)


  11. This is stinkin’ adorable! Just going to HAVE to try it :)


  12. lauren I made this cake and it didn’t look as great as yours. Bummer. My frosting was quite runny and I used the amounts you said. Any suggestions on what went wrong? Both frostings were not thick.




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