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Carrot cake is a timeless favorite - rich, moist and with a tasty range of spices. Toasted nuts give it crunch and added applesauce or crushed pineapple make a super-moist dessert. Carrots' high sugar content makes them a natural ingredient in sweet cakes. Covered with cream cheese frosting - perfection!

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Servings 18

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup apple butter
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 3 cups shredded carrot
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 cups cream cheese frosting

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This carrot cake is chock full of fresh shredded carrot and slathered with rich cream cheese frosting

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This is a traditional, no-frills carrot cake recipe with rich cream cheese frosting

  • CAKE:
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cups vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cups applesauce
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
  • 3 cups carrots, grated (grate using large-hole grater side)
  • 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, well drained (optional)
  • 1 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
4.5/5 (71 Votes)

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These cupcakes were moist and scrumptious! They're stuffed with walnuts and crushed pineapple but you could always ...

  • CARROT CAKE CUPCAKES:
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups carrots, peeled and shredded
  • 3/4 cup crushed pineapple
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 cup walnuts, chopped, plus extra for garnish
  • WHITE CHOCOLATE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
  • 2 ounces white chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
4.5/5 (60 Votes)

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Homemade frosting is so much better than the stuff from the store! This carrot cake is unbelievably moist, and choc...

  • CAKE:
  • 2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (12.5 ounces)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 pound medium carrots (6 to 7 large carrots), peeled
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar (10.5 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar (3 1/2 ounces)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable or canola oil
  • FROSTING:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 5 tablespoons butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream, light or regular
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar (4.5 ounces)
4.5/5 (42 Votes)

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This recipe is vegan-friendly, and uses almond milk, ground flax seed, whole grain spelt flour, and walnuts

  • LEMON GLAZE:
  • 1 1/2 cups carrot, finely grated
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
  • 1/3 cup light extra virgin olive oil (or oil of choice)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 cups whole grain spelt flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins, soaked for 10 minutes & drained
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, or to taste
4.9/5 (7 Votes)

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The coconut is subtle, while the golden raisins juicy and walnuts provide the perfect crunch

  • 2 cups all purpose white flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 cups carrots, shredded
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut, shredded
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
4.4/5 (74 Votes)

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Jump up and down if you’d like a single-serving carrot cake that takes less than 5 minutes to make and is so heal...

  • 1/4 cup spelt flour (or white flour, or Arrowhead Mills gluten free)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 “egg” of choice (I used 1/2 teaspoon ener-g, but 2 teaspoons flaxmeal would also work. If you must, you can omit completely. It just won’t rise as well.)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons xylitol or brown sugar (coconut or white sugar will also work)
  • 1 packet NuNaturals stevia (or 1 more tablespoon sugar or xylitol)
  • 1/3 cup canned carrots, drained (or steamed carrots, peeled) (for a variation, sub with 1/4 cup pureed pumpkin) (60g)
  • 1 tablespoon milk of choice
  • 1 tablespoon oil or more milk of choice
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Frosting of choice
4.5/5 (57 Votes)

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This is my favorite Carrot Cake Recipe

  • CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups oil
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups grated carrots
  • 1 cup of pecans or walnuts
  • 1 cup raisins, optional
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4.5/5 (55 Votes)

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I love carrot cake, especially with pineapple and coconut

  • For the whoopies pies:
  • 1-1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1-1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature (3/4 cup)
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp coarse salt (or 1/2 tsp table salt)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1-1/2 cups grated carrots (about 2 carrots)**
  • 1-1/4 cups golden raisins (optional)
  • NOTE: **You could leave out the carrots, and these would simply be Oatmeal Whoopie Pies
  • For the filling:
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 Tablespoons pineapple jam (optional)
  • 1/4 sweetened coconut, toasted at 325F for about 10 minutes and cooled (optional)
4.5/5 (42 Votes)

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Try this delicious Sigrid's Carrot Cake recipe once and it won't be the last time that's for sure!

  • CAKE:
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 whole eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • Butter, for greasing
  • ICING:
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 package (8-ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped finely
4.5/5 (38 Votes)

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This is a copycat recipe from a great Philly restaurant, The Frog Commissary which unfortunately closed down

  • CARROT CAKE:
  • 1 1/4 cups corn oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 cups grated carrots
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup raisins
  • PECAN CREAM FILLING:
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy (whipping) cream
  • 6 ounces (3/4 cup) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped pecans
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
  • 8 ounces soft unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces soft cream cheese
  • 1 pound powdered icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ASSEMBLY:
  • 4 ounces shredded coconut (1 1/2 cups), toasted*
5/5 (3 Votes)

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Momofuku Carrot Layer Cake is a labor of love that will prove absolutely worth all your hard work with every bite t...

  • MILK CRUMB:
  • 1/2 cup milk powder
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons, 1/2 stick butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup milk powder
  • 3 ounces white chocolate
  • LIQUID CHEESECAKE:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 large egg
  • CARROT CAKE:
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup tightly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded peeled carrots (about 2 to 3 medium-sized carrots)
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • GRAHAM CRUST:
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup milk powder
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted (plus additional if needed)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • GRAHAM FROSTING:
  • 1/2 recipe Graham Crust (above)
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt, 1/8 teaspoon, divided
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar, tightly packed
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4.5/5 (35 Votes)

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Vegan carrot cake is easy to make, and everyone will enjoy -- even if they aren't eating vegan! Cream cheese frosti...

  • 4 cups grated carrot
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 cups demerera or brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
  • 1/3 cup vegan margarine, softened
  • 1/3 cup vegan cream cheese
  • 2 1/3 cups icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4.8/5 (10 Votes)

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An indulgent dessert designed for two, this lovely carrot cake is perfect for a romantic evening at home or when yo...

  • CAKE:
  • cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Pinch nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 5 ounces carrots, finely grated (about 1 cup)
  • FROSTING:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4.8/5 (8 Votes)

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Twist on a traditional carrot cake with pineapple and coconut added

  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened, 1 1/2 sticks
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 cup fresh Pineapple, crushed
  • 1 recipe cream cheese frosting
  • Optional: 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
4.5/5 (28 Votes)

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