Quick & Easy Carrot Cake Jam for Baking

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Quick & Easy Carrot Cake Jam for Baking by WickedGoodKitchen.com ~ Luscious, naturally sweetened and packed with flavor from fresh carrots, pineapple, coconut and spices, with a hint of molasses, this jam tastes just like carrot cake! Perfect to use in baking when you don’t want to can or preserve. #easy #recipeLuscious and packed with flavor from fresh carrots, pineapple, coconut and spices, with a hint of molasses, our Quick & Easy Carrot Cake Jam tastes just like carrot cake. Perfect to use in baking when you don’t know a lick about canning!

How to Make:
Quick & Easy Carrot Cake Jam for Baking

Did you ever wish that you could find Carrot Cake Jam at the grocery store to use in your baking? You think to yourself, there must be an easier way to make carrot cake jam for baking besides working with pectin to can and preserve from scratch.

Well, you are right! There is a quick and easy way to combine both all-natural prepared and fresh ingredients to create an ideal “quick and easy” version of our homemade Carrot Cake Jam. In fact, when used in baking, you cannot tell the difference between our homemade version and this Quick & Easy Carrot Cake Jam for Baking! Nifty, eh?

Quick & Easy Carrot Cake Jam for Baking by WickedGoodKitchen.com ~ Luscious, naturally sweetened and packed with flavor from fresh carrots, pineapple, coconut and spices, with a hint of molasses, this jam tastes just like carrot cake! Perfect to use in baking when you don’t want to can or preserve. #easy #recipe

It all happened rather quickly in my kitchen. I thought of Tim Gunn and his catchphrase, “Make it work.” And, then I went to work.

When I developed a few recipes using our homemade version of Carrot Cake Jam, like our Carrot Cake Cheesecake Crumble Bars, I thought about those who do not own canning equipment and are completely lost with traditional canning and preserving techniques. (Hey, don’t worry. I was there, once!) That’s when I came up with this quick and easy version using all-natural prepared Orange Marmalade by Smucker’s®. It was the perfect base to begin the recipe with. Plus, it’s orange and matches carrots. 😉 Don’t tell Tim Gunn, but “matchy-matchy” can be a good thing. You’re gonna love it!

Quick & Easy Carrot Cake Jam for Baking by WickedGoodKitchen.com ~ Luscious, naturally sweetened and packed with flavor from fresh carrots, pineapple, coconut and spices, with a hint of molasses, this jam tastes just like carrot cake! Perfect to use in baking when you don’t want to can or preserve. #easy #recipe

Honest and truly, this Quick & Easy Carrot Cake Jam can be made in just 15 minutes! I kid you not. Simply start with Smucker’s® Orchard’s Finest® Pacific Grove Orange Marmalade Medley or Natural Orange Marmalade Fruit Spread. (I chose these wonderful products, and tested them both, because they are made of all-natural ingredients and contain no high fructose corn syrup.) Then, simply add fresh grated carrots, fresh chopped pineapple or drained canned crushed pineapple such as Dole®, fresh grated coconut (or Baker’s® Angel Flake® Coconut with reservations as this product contains preservatives), molasses such as Grandma’s®, spices (I used McCormick®), a touch of vanilla and a little Tapioca Flour by Bob’s Red Mill® for thickening. (Thickening with tapioca flour is necessary because the pineapple releases its own juices upon standing. And, you don’t want a leaky, “soupy” jam to cause soggy baked treats.) That’s it!

Quick & Easy Carrot Cake Jam for Baking by WickedGoodKitchen.com ~ Luscious, naturally sweetened and packed with flavor from fresh carrots, pineapple, coconut and spices, with a hint of molasses, this jam tastes just like carrot cake! Perfect to use in baking when you don’t want to can or preserve. #easy #recipe

As an option, if you want to get a little fancy, you can add some finely chopped crystallized ginger just like our homemade version of Carrot Cake Jam. The ginger really does make it special. 🙂

Quick & Easy Carrot Cake Jam for Baking by WickedGoodKitchen.com ~ Luscious, naturally sweetened and packed with flavor from fresh carrots, pineapple, coconut and spices, with a hint of molasses, this jam tastes just like carrot cake! Perfect to use in baking when you don’t want to can or preserve. #easy #recipe

The only cooking necessary on the stovetop is to bring the ingredients to a boil and then a low boil for 1 to 2 minutes. This will thicken up the sweet juices created by the fresh or canned pineapple. After cooking, allow the jam to cool completely before using in baking recipes. The good news is that it cools relatively quickly once poured out of the hot saucepan and into a large bowl.

So, there you have it! A new “quick and easy” Carrot Cake Jam to enjoy in your baking.

Quick & Easy Carrot Cake Jam for Baking by WickedGoodKitchen.com ~ Luscious, naturally sweetened and packed with flavor from fresh carrots, pineapple, coconut and spices, with a hint of molasses, this jam tastes just like carrot cake! Perfect to use in baking when you don’t want to can or preserve. #easy #recipe

What makes our Quick & Easy Carrot Cake Jam for Baking wicked good? All-natural quality ingredients. Easy breezy and semi-homemade with both prepared and fresh ingredients starting with Smucker’s® Orange Marmalade. The flavor profile mimics our homemade version of Carrot Cake Jam ‘to a T’. It is just as luscious and tastes just like traditional carrot cake due to the additions of fresh grated carrots, pineapple, coconut, molasses, spices and vanilla. Add the crystallized ginger to make it even more special. It’s the perfect jam for baking carrot cake goodness into your home-baked treats! That’s wicked good, indeed.

For the carrot cake lovers in your life, whip up some Quick & Easy Carrot Cake Jam for baking!

Bon appétit!

xo,

stacysig

 

 

Quick & Easy Carrot Cake Jam for Baking by WickedGoodKitchen.com ~ Luscious, naturally sweetened and packed with flavor from fresh carrots, pineapple, coconut and spices, with a hint of molasses, this jam tastes just like carrot cake! Perfect to use in baking when you don’t want to can or preserve. #easy #recipe

 

Quick & Easy Carrot Cake Jam for Baking

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: Makes over 1½ cups (475 grams).

Quick & Easy Carrot Cake Jam for Baking

Luscious and packed with flavor from fresh carrots, pineapple, coconut and spices, with a hint of molasses, our Quick & Easy Carrot Cake Jam tastes just like carrot cake. Perfect to use in baking when you don’t know a lick about canning!

Ingredients

  • 1 (12-ounce/340-gram) jar orange marmalade, such as Smucker’s®
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon (2.5 to 5 grams) unsulphured molasses, such as Grandma’s®
  • ½ cup (50 grams) grated peeled carrots, about 1 medium
  • ¼ cup (55 grams) crushed pineapple, such as Dole®, well drained
  • ¼ cup (30 grams) flaked coconut, such as Baker’s® Angel Flake® or unsweetened flaked coconut
  • ½ teaspoon fine-quality ground cinnamon, such as McCormick®
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated whole nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves, such as McCormick®
  • ¼ teaspoon (about 1 ml) pure vanilla extract, such as Nielsen-Massey®
  • 1 tablespoon (8 grams) tapioca flour (tapioca starch), such as Bob’s Red Mill®
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped crystallized ginger, optional

Directions

In a medium saucepan (not over heat), combine all ingredients with the exception of the tapioca flour and crystallized ginger; stir until thoroughly combined. Set aside for 5 minutes to macerate (allow the pineapple to release its juices).

Sprinkle tapioca starch evenly over mixture and stir well to incorporate. The residual juices in the pineapple and other wet ingredients will help to dissolve the tapioca.

Over medium-high heat, bring mixture to a boil while stirring frequently. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook stirring frequently until thickened, about 1 to 2 minutes.

Remove from heat and, if desired, stir in crystallized ginger. Cool completely before using in recipes.

Recipe Notes

Tips:

Store leftovers in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

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About Stacy

Stacy Bryce is a recipe developer and member of the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals). Her passion is developing original conventional baking recipes as well as special diet recipes to include dairy-free, gluten-free and grain-free. You can follow Stacy at Pinterest.

Comments

  1. Ready in only 15 minutes?! You are incredible, love this jam for spring recipes!
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) recently posted…brown sugar cookies with strawberries & creamMy Profile

  2. I love this quick and easy version! I also love your measuring spoons! So adorable!

    • Thank you, Jenn! Yes, I had to offer something up for those who do not wish to (or are afraid to) make homemade jam or cannot find it locally at specialty stores or famers markets. Thanks for stopping by, my friend!

  3. What a gorgeous jam! I’m just loving all your carrot cake recipes lately! I must know though, WHERE did you buy those adorable measuring spoons? Unbelievably cute! 🙂
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    • Thank you, Sarah! To answer your question, the summer berry measuring spoons were purchased from Pier 1 Imports last year. 🙂 Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

  4. Obsessed with all things cake related right now so perfect timing! Would love to make this with some fresh garden carrots!
    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl recently posted…Glazed Carrot Cake DonutsMy Profile

    • Thank you, Pamela! Well, with your lovely roof garden and recent carrot harvest, you are all set to make this Quick & Easy Carrot Cake Jam! You’re gonna love it. Thanks for stopping by, my friend!

  5. Oh my gosh you are a genius!! What a good idea using orange marmalade as the base. Canning is something I want to try my hand at soon but this seem so much more my speed right now!!! Yummy! Carrot cake in a jar….and on my morning toast!
    Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking recently posted…Foolproof Grilled Rosemary ChickenMy Profile

    • Thank you, Lindsey! You will love this recipe as a go-to when you need a carrot cake jam fix. 😉 Thanks for stopping by!

  6. wow! never heard of a carrot cake jam! very intriguing!
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  7. Kumar's Kitchen says:

    this jam is a winner…looks absolutely gorgeous and will make such a quick, no fuss and festive addition to the Easter table,thanks so much for sharing our friend…Happy Easter & Have A Wonderful Day!!! 🙂
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  8. Carrot cake is my favourite cake Stacy! This is such a creative and no doubt delicious idea; and I love how quickly it comes together! Happy Easter when it comes!

  9. What a great trick Stacy – you should bottle this up and sell it ;). Pinned! Have a great weekend!
    Jeanette | Jeanette’s Healthy Living recently posted…Broccoli Cauliflower Carrot Salad with Greek Yogurt Honey Dressing RecipeMy Profile

  10. This is amazing, Stacy! Love the idea of carrot cake jam- I think I could possible eat it by the jarful!
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  11. Beautifully done, again, Miss Stacy! This jam would not last long on our table…just sayin’. Hope your holiday weekend is wonderful! xo. -Dan

    • Thank you, Dan! I hope you will enjoy this jam or the homemade from scratch version, Carrot Cake Jam. Both are excellent in baking. Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday weekend, too! xo

  12. Maria | Pink Patisserie says:

    I just adore carrot anything, can only imagine how wonderful this tastes!! Happy Easter Stacy!

  13. Bars are baking right now! I am thinking of freezing the jam for use later. What do you think?

    • Hi there, Kristin! I’m glad to hear you are baking these scrumptious bars. To answer your question, you should be fine freezing this jam as the base is store bought (pre-made) jam. (Store bought jams freeze well. Otherwise, homemade jams should be made with a pectin designed for making freezer jams.) To freeze your jam, use an airtight plastic container designed for freezing or a heavy-duty zip-top freezer bag and expel all the air. This will prevent any freezer burn. Be sure to label and date the container. To thaw, place in your refrigerator to let it thaw overnight before reusing. This way, any moisture from condensation will form on the outside of the container vs. in the jam. The longer you store the jam in the freezer, the darker the color may be. But, it will still be good and taste fine. With all of the natural sugar in the jam helping to preserve it, the freezer is a nice extra step to preserve it longer. I would say that you should try to re-use the jam, after freezing, in your baking within 3 to 4 months for best results. Thanks for dropping by and I hope you love the Carrot Cake Cheesecake Crumble Bars as much as we do! 🙂

  14. Wow, this is a new ‘flavor’ for me — it sounds amazing, and I think I’d be tempted to slather it all over my toast!
    sue/the view from great island recently posted…Minimal Monday: Honeysuckle Iced TeaMy Profile

  15. This is a brilliant idea Stacy, You’re so smart and this looks so….. good!! Hope you had a lovely Easter and that you’re feeling MUCH better 🙂
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  16. Hooray for quick and easy!! I love carrot cake and I can just imagine how wonderful this must be on some toast! I just need to pickup some orange marmalade and I’m all set 😀
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  17. Oh Stacy, I am loving all your carrot cake recipes including this quick and easy carrot cake jam! Such a great idea to use orange marmalade as the base and so awesome that it comes together in only 15 minutes! I don’t know a thing about canning and keep meaning to learn but in the mean time this recipe is just perfect! Pinning 🙂 I just love love love your adorable measuring spoons too, thanks for sharing and hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend my friend 🙂 xo

    • Aww…Kelly, you are the sweetest! Thank you. 🙂 I have another recipe coming up using this jam and hope you like it. Same here…I hope you and your family had a wonderful Easter weekend, my friend! 🙂 xo

  18. Oh wow, what a brilliant idea! I love how easy to make this jam is. And how delish it looks! I’d love me some toast with a layer of this right now for sure!
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  19. Such a good and quick idea. Love it. Will definitely try it too.
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  20. SUCH a great idea, and I absolutely love all things carrot cake! Pinning this to make ASAP.

  21. Can I use cornstarch instead of the tapioca starch?

    • Hi there, Karen! Thank you for writing. Please accept my apologies for the tardy reply. I have been away from blogging for several months due to illness. To answer your question… If you use cornstarch, you will get a slightly different result. But, yes…you can use cornstarch. Thanks again for writing and best wishes to you in the New Year!

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