Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Dijon Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Mustard in a carrot cake?  Yes siree.  Maille® Rich Country Dijon gives this cake an extra zest, without overpowering the taste!  Carrots, golden raisins, coconut, walnuts and of course, Maille® Rich Country Dijon give this moist (and lower fat) cake pizzazz!

Renee's Kitchen Adventures: Dijon Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

When Maille® asked Michele of Flavor Mosiac to review their products, she presented them with the idea of a collaborative blog progressive Easter Menu using their award winning mustards in each course and included myself and two other bloggers in the fun.  I was asked to create a dessert course using a Maille® mustard!  (Disclaimer: Maille® supplied me with the full range of products available in the US for review.  All opinions expressed in this post are mine.)   I decided to make a carrot cake. Carrot Cake is synonymous with Easter in my world.

Renee's Kitchen Adventures: Dijon Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting  Dijon gives this moist carrot cake pizzazz! #cake #carrot

Maille's® Rich Country Dijon was the perfect mustard variety to compliment the flavors of this cake.  Rich Country Dijon is a variation on the Original Dijon but has the addition of ginger and cinnamon, making it the ideal choice to add to a dessert like carrot cake. It truly is, rich and creamy, almost mayonnaise like, in texture with little gorgeous specks of whole grain mustard seeds that add a little "pop"!

Renee's Kitchen Adventures: Dijon Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting  Dijon gives this moist carrot cake pizzazz! #cake #carrot

You won't be able to tell the mustard is in this cake at all, but you will notice the bit of zest that compliments the sweet ingredients perfectly.  It really is a delicious ending to a spectacular meal!

Dijon Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Renee's Kitchen Adventures
Published 04/13/2014
Dijon Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 TBS. Maille® Rich Country Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups shredded carrot
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 8 oz. crushed pineapple in 100% juice, not drained
  • For frosting:
  • 8 oz. reduced-fat cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 TBS. unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9" x 13" baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. In large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg, Set aside.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, or large glass measure, combine the sugar, applesauce, oil, eggs, mustard and vanilla extract.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until just combined. Add in the carrots, coconut, walnuts, raisins, and pineapple.
  5. Pour cake into prepared baking dish and smooth top. Bake for 40 -45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. (Middle may sink a little as it cools, that's ok!) Let cake cool completely.
  6. To make frosting: Combine the cream cheese, butter and salt. Mix with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add in the powdered sugar a cup at a time, beating with each addition. Spread over cooled cake.
  7. Store frosted cake in refrigerator until ready to serve. Refrigerate leftovers.
Yield: 1- 9"x 13" cake
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 45 mins.
Total time: 60 mins.

Adapted from Allrecipes

Servings - 24   Serving Size - 1/24th of cake   Points Plus per Serving - 7 Points+
Calories - 255.5,   Carb. - 36.6g,   Protein - 3.3g,   Fiber - 1.3g

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And now that we've had dessert first,  onto the rest of this delicious menu featuring several different Maille® products and brought to you by Flavor Mosiac, Life Tastes Good, The Life and Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch.  (click on each photograph to grab the recipe and the story about their chosen mustard!) 

From The Life and Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch, a fresh salad.  Honey Dijon Spinach Salad featuring Maille's® Honey Dijon Mustard.  

From Flavor Mosaic, this delicious entree!  Pork Loin with Dijon Cream Sauce and Cornichons featuring Maille's® Old Style Mustard and Cornichons. 

...and from Life Tastes Good an amazing side dish!  Caramelized Onion Smashed Potatoes featuring Maille's® Horsradish Mustard.

And NOW onto the BEST PART of this meal....THE GIVEAWAY!!

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  1. Renee, your cake is amazing and beautiful! I'm definitely going to thive this a try, I'm sure it will make Grumpy "happy" :)

  2. What a beautiful cake! Don is always asking me to make a carrot cake! I'll have to give this one a try!

  3. I love using mustard in salad dressings- so yummy!!! I can't believe its good in cake! I totally want to try this

  4. Renee, your carrot cake looks beautiful! We love carrot cake and Maille Mustard. I'm going to have to try this recipe. Thanks for participating in our Progressive Easter Dinner!

  5. Fantastic! I bet the Maile Mustard cut some of that sweetness you usually get with frosting. Looks wonderful.

  6. I love the idea of mustard in a carrot cake - innovative and delicious :)

  7. I have mustard on my sandwich almost every day but I love it on a hot dog or corn dog!

  8. That looks so delicious! What a great idea! <3

  9. My favorite way to use mustard is in salad dressings. Thank you for the giveaway.

  10. I lovelovelovelovelovelovelovelovelovelovelovelove that you put mustard in this! :) What anamazing idea! I want to go raid my cupboards now to see what amazing things I can my mustard in! lol!

  11. What an interesting idea to add dijon to this! I may have to give it a try, since it's really sounding so interesting to me!

  12. I love using it in marinades for chicken and pork.

  13. I must try this cake, both because it looks really good and has mustard in it!

  14. Oh very interesting! I'm just a fan of dipping stuff into mustard...especially pretzels.

  15. I love anything with mustard, I am going to try that next time I make carrot cake, which won't be until September for my hubs birthday - my recipe has 2 cups of oil in it, so it's a once a year treat.

  16. Incorporating mustard into a dessert is no easy task but you have done an incredible job, my friend. I'd love to give this one a try!

  17. I love mustard but never thought of incorporating it into a cake. I'm not a huge sweet fan but I do like a good carrot cake once in a while...I think I will give this one a try and it would be great for Easter. Thanks for sharing!!

  18. The cake, in fact the whole meal looks delicious...I'll have to pick up some of the different types of mustard (or use what I get if I win the giveaway!) and experiment on my own!

  19. I like to use mustard in salad dressing.

  20. I love dijon mustard in salad dressing. It makes it SO much better. I also use dijon in pan sauces, marinades, spread on chicken, fish, or pork before baking...It's an essential ingredient in my kitchen.

  21. OK - I MUST try that Carrot cake! Must!
    Nothing better than a good Mustard!

  22. Looks so amazing!

  23. I am SO not a sweet-eater, but I adore carrot cake! Yours looks & sounds fantastic!


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