When my mom asked me to try carrot cake for the first time, my five-year-old self rebuked the dessert with disgust. The idea of combining cake with a vegetable was unheard of… until I tried it. Nearly 25 years later and carrot cake has maintained its spot as one of my favorite cakes of all time.
For those who just can’t get enough of the humble dessert, Trader Joe’s new Carrot Cake Spread will let you pretty much turn anything into a carrot cake.
Essentially a jam, the spread is made with minced carrots, bits of orange peel, crushed pineapples, golden raisins, and fall spices. Sweetened with cane sugar and molasses, the spread also boasts a touch of concentrate from lemon and apple juice.
You can combine it with cream cheese and create a carrot cake frosting on pretty much anything you want, or pair it with some peanut butter in a sandwich.
No joke, we picked up a jar of this from our local TJ’s and it really does capture the taste of carrot cake — though we recommend using it in moderation until you find a good balance. It’s rather sweet.
The 10-ounce jars of Carrot Cake Spread can be found at participating Trader Joe’s locations in the grocery aisle.