Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing

Fluffy homemade carrot cake cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing. A perfect addition to Easter or any spring breakfast or brunch!

Fluffy homemade carrot cake cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Spring is finally here. Hooray! I’m willing to chance guessing that snow won’t be in our future again until at least late next fall, at the earliest. I’ve been thoroughly enjoying finally being able to crack open the windows and doors for some much needed fresh air. It may have only been in the 50s lately but it’s been such a nice chance of pace!

Isn’t it funny how during one season, the same temperature another time of the year would have the opposite feeling. For instance… the 50 degree weather we’re having has felt warm and enjoyable, but if we had the same weather in a handful of months it would feel down right frigid!

A recent trip to the local hardware store had me itching to buy ALL of the flowers. Another sure fire sign it’s definitely spring! I need color and flowers in my life asap!

Fluffy homemade carrot cake cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing recipe from @bakedbyrachel

We just recently got into a new-ish show on Netflix, Iron Fist. I haven’t really been one for the Marvel shows even though I’ve enjoyed the movies. This one was nothing like any other Marvel show I’ve seen and totally pulled me in. There’s a whole martial arts aspect to it, so if you’re into that, you should definitely check it out.

Book update… I finished The Girl Before, sometime last week. Such an easy read and is a nice psychological thriller/mystery. The ending wasn’t quite what I was expecting, which was nice! I hate when I can see everything coming. It’s easy to get bored with a book when it’s all so clearly lined up. I’ve moved on to My Sister’s Grave. I’m not far into it yet, so I can’t be sure if I’ll like it or not. But… it has a high rating on Amazon, so there’s a good chance it’ll be good… one would hope!

Have you read anything good lately?

Fluffy homemade carrot cake cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing recipe from @bakedbyrachel

So… these rolls.

I really wanted to name them ‘OMG the most amaaazing carrot cake cinnamon rolls EVER!’ But, I decided to down play the title and just go on and on about how amazing they are here.

Seriously though, they’re SO good.

My 5 year old called them ‘awesome!’

And you know something is extra good when everyone is going ‘mmmmm’ after taking a bite.

Do I have your attention yet? I hope so!

Ridiculously good…super soft and fluffy homemade carrot cake cinnamon rolls topped off with cream cheese icing!

If you only make one thing for Easter brunch, it should be these. You may even want to make a double batch, because trust me, you’ll want seconds and possibly thirds.

Make sure to whip these up before spring comes to an end! A perfect addition to your next brunch plans!

Fluffy homemade carrot cake cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing

Fluffy homemade carrot cake cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing. A perfect addition to Easter or any spring breakfast or brunch!
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time3 hours
Course: Breakfast
Servings: 6 plus



  • 3/4 C milk
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1/4 tsp granulated sugar
  • 4 - 4 1/4 C all purpose flour
  • 6 Tb light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 C unsalted butter melted
  • 3/4 C carrots, finely shredded (roughly 3 carrots)


  • 3 Tb unsalted butter softened
  • 3/4 C light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon


  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 C unsalted butter softened
  • 2 C powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3-4 Tb milk


  • Heat milk to 115°F. Dissolve yeast and granulated sugar in warm milk. Allow to proof for 5-10 minutes. 
  • Add vanilla to melted butter. 
  • Meanwhile, in the bowl of a stand mixer, combine 4 cups flour, light brown sugar, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Prepare mixer with dough hook attachment. With mixer running on low, slowly add yeast mixture, followed by butter and vanilla. Add one egg at a time. Add finely shredded carrots. Increase speed, mixing until dough comes together. If dough is still sticky, add additional flour, one tablespoon at a time until dough comes together in a smooth ball. Transfer dough to a large greased bowl. Cover and allow to rise in a warm location for at least 60 minutes or until doubled in size. 
  • Lightly grease a 9x13-inch baking pan with baking spray. *See note. 
  • In a medium bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon. 
  • On a silicone counter mat, roll out dough to a 12-20-inch rectangle. Brush entire surface with melted buter. Sprinkle well with brown sugar and cinnamon mixture. Starting at one of the short ends, begin rolling the dough into a log. Pinch to seal ends. Using a sharp knife, carefully slice dough log into desired number of rolls. **See note. Space evenly in prepared pan. Cover loosely and allow to rise in a warm location for an additional 60 minutes. 
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. 
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes or until internal temperature reaches at least 200°F. Allow rolls to cool for 20-30 minutes before adding icing. 
  • To create icing, in a large bowl or stand mixer, beat together cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Mix in vanilla and powdered sugar. Add in milk, one tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached. Pour or spread glaze over rolls. 


*Do not use cooking spray or olive oil. Use a spray specific to baking that includes flour.
**Recommended cinnamon roll numbers are: 6 large, 8 medium or 12 small.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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Fluffy homemade carrot cake cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing recipe from @bakedbyrachel
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18 Responses to “Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing”

  1. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — April 10, 2017 at 5:46 am

    These look amazing. I am 38 weeks pregnant and right now I want ONLY cinnamon rolls. At least I could say these have veggies.

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      Rachel — April 11, 2017 at 6:59 am

      A fun way to eat those veggies! ;)

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    Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons — April 10, 2017 at 11:01 am

    These look unbelievable. I LOVE carrot cake!

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      Rachel — April 11, 2017 at 6:59 am

      Thanks so much!

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    Cynthia | What A Girl Eats — April 10, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Those are stunning looking rolls! I LOVE carrot cake…or maybe it’s the cream cheese frosting? Either way, I”m bookmarking these beauties!

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      Rachel — April 11, 2017 at 6:57 am

      Thanks so much!

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    Taylor Kiser — April 10, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    I agree – these look ridiculously good! These are a must make!

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      Rachel — April 11, 2017 at 6:57 am

      Thanks, Taylor!

  5. #
    Tammy — April 12, 2017 at 12:12 am

    My favorite morning roll and my favorite Easter cake have come together for one fabulous treat! I’ll be dreaming of these tonight :D

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      Rachel — April 12, 2017 at 6:57 am

      Thanks so much, Tammy! :)

  6. #
    Karly — April 13, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Now this is a breakfast I’d actually get out of bed for. These look SO good, and are so darn perfect for Easter morning! Pinned!

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      Rachel — April 17, 2017 at 1:59 pm

      Thanks, Karly!

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    Winslet @ Dianabol UK — April 19, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Wow carrot cake with cinnamon icing is great combination. The flavors of carrot and cinnamon is perfect for any cake. My husband loves cinnamon flavor and my kid like carrot so it’s a great combo for them.

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      Rachel — April 21, 2017 at 1:42 pm

      Thanks so much!

  8. #
    Debbie — April 15, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    Could these be started the evening prior to baking? Thank you for another delicious recipe!

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      Rachel — April 17, 2019 at 10:35 am

      I haven’t personally prepped them ahead, but it shouldn’t be a problem to. You’ll want to prepare them as directed nearly through step 6. Cover and chill overnight, removing a bit before baking and then bake as directed. Good luck! :)

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    Wanda — May 22, 2021 at 7:25 pm

    Could you make these with gluten free flour?

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      Rachel — May 24, 2021 at 6:27 am

      If using a gluten free 1:1 flour then it should work fine. If you need to make other adjustments then it may become a bit trickier. Good luck!

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