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Carrot Cake Apricot Waffles with Honey Cream Cheese Topping

  • Author: Adapted from Smitten Kitchen and Joy the Baker's Cookbook!
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 medium waffles 1x


A spiced remix on a classic.  These waffles are sweet but savory and make breakfast feel like desert!


Units Scale
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup dried apricots, chopped
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups finely grated carrots
  • vegetable oil, for greasing the waffle iron


  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Begin heating your waffle iron before you start making the batter.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and apricots. Whisk together to combine. In a small bowl, combine buttermilk, egg, brown sugar, and vanilla. Whisk together, then add carrots.
  3. Gently combine dry and wet ingredients until fully incorporated - allow to sit for 5 minutes before using. When the batter is ready, pour into a greased waffle iron set on medium-low heat. Allow to cook until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes.
  4. To make the topping, whip the cream cheese with a fork (I did this after microwaving the cream cheese for 20 seconds). Mix in honey, powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla until smooth.
  5. Enjoy!