Easter is right around the corner! I can’t believe how fast March flew by. I don’t know if it was just me but I feel like it went by crazy fast. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited about that though, because I love Easter and I leave for Hawaii in 5 days! I love celebrating Easter and all the traditions that come with it. Having kids makes Easter 10x more fun too! I love decorating Easter eggs with them and seeing their excitement in the morning when the Easter Bunny has visited and left them their baskets. It really is magical seeing their little eyes light up in excitement.
The other thing I love about Easter is obviously the food! Deviled eggs, ham, potato salad and most importantly carrot cake. If you’ve been here for awhile you know I love a good sheet cake and this carrot cake is no different. You guys all know I couldn’t just make a plain and simple carrot cake, I’m just too over the top for that. I love a cake with some texture to it so what better texture to add then the pretzel crack that’s on my Banana Pretzel Crunch Cake. This carrot cake starts with a traditional base loaded with carrots, pecans, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Then it’s frosted with a light cream cheese whipped cream and last the pretzel crack only this time I added some of those warm spices to the crack to really tie in the traditional carrot cake flavor.
Tips & Tricks
- If you are not a fan of pecans you can use walnuts instead. If you want to do a nut-free version, omit the pecans in the carrot cake batter and for the crack, substitute the cup of pecans for an extra cup of crushed pretzels.
- Make sure and measure the pretzels after they are crushed and not before, otherwise you won’t have enough pretzels.
- The pretzel crack will come out of the oven looking very soupy, that’s totally okay and is normal. Once it cools, it will all solidify.
- I like to break up this cake into 2 days. On day one I will make the cake and the crack. I store the cake covered on the counter top and the pretzel crack in a gallon sized Ziploc bag. On day 2 I make the frosting and assemble the cake.
- Don’t add the pretzel crack on top too far in advance because it has the chance of getting soggy if it sits in the frosting too long before actually serving it. I like to add it about an hour before serving.