Carrot-Cake Parfaits

Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs

All the elements you love are in this lighter, more elegant take on carrot cake. There's the sweet, moist cake and the luscious cream cheese frosting but bonus, there's also a layer of apricot jam. Another plus, it's easier to assemble than a layer cake.


  • Vegetable-oil cooking spray 8 ounces carrots, peeled and grated (about 4 cups)

  • 2 large eggs

  • ½ cup sugar

  • ½ cup packed light-brown sugar

  • 1 cup safflower oil

  • 1 tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 cup apricot jam

  • Cream-Cheese Filling


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 12 1/2-by-17 1/2-inch rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Line with parchment; spray parchment. Whisk together carrots, eggs, sugars, oil, and fresh ginger. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and ground ginger. Fold flour mixture into carrot mixture.

  2. Spread batter in pan. Bake until golden and a toothpick comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack 20 minutes. Invert onto rack; let cool completely. Cut out 16 cake rounds to fit in an 8-to-10-ounce glass, piecing together scraps as necessary.

  3. Spoon 2 tablespoons jam into each glass; layer with 1/4 cup filling, then 2 cake rounds, pressing to compact. Top each with 2 tablespoons filling and serve.

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