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Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Whoever thought to make a dessert out of carrots was sort of genius.  Who would have thought that shredded carrots would be yummy in birthday cakes or cupcakes?  Carrot cake is one of the most beloved flavors today, and for good reason.  Armed with a great recipe, anyone can bake up a superbly moist, tender, and addictive carrot cake.

Carrot Cake Cream Cheese

My kids know this yummy treat is called carrot cake, but I doubt they realize there is an abundance of freshly shredded carrots in their dessert.  Lots of good-for-you carrots.  Plenty of plump raisins.  Walnuts, if you like them.  Extra raisins if you don’t.

Or leave both out, if you must, but do keep the bit of pineapple, because it lends so much moisture to the cake.

Carrot Cake Cream Cheese Frosting

Over the years, I have made carrot cake in the form of bundts, loaves, and cupcakes.  This time, I opted for a simple sheet cake.  Easy and fail-proof deliciousness.

This fabulous carrot cake recipe is one I’ve loved ever since an old friend shared it with me ages ago.  It’s one of those well-loved recipes that has years’ worth of chicken scratch written all over the margins and is fraying along the edges.  The time-tested kind.

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This carrot cake is perfect for Easter, birthdays, or just whenever.  With or without cream cheese frosting, it’s delish for dessert or even breakfast.

It can double up as a morning coffee cake, right?  After all, carrots and raisins are totally good for you.  Enjoy 🙂

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Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and Chopped of Walnuts

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

5 from 1 vote
This carrot cake is a moist, tender, no-fail recipe that always impresses. The cake is an easy one-bowl method for easy cleanup! We love our carrot cake chunky with raisins and walnuts, but omit if if you want. The cream cheese frosting is fabulous!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12 servings (makes one 9x13 pan)
Author: Amy Dong


Cream Cheese Frosting:


  • Preheat oven to 350F with rack on lower middle position. Press a long sheet of foil into a 9x13 pan, with extra foil hanging over edges for easy cake removal. Grease the foil.
  • Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon, mixing well. Form a well in the center. Add sugar, oil, and eggs into the well and mix wet ingredients by hand. Fold into dry ingredients until fully incorporated.
  • Fold in carrots, pineapple, raisins, and optional walnuts.
  • Bake in greased, foil-lined pan about 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out almost clean. Cool and remove with foil sling. Frost as desired.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • Combine butter, cream cheese, and vanilla. Beat well. Add sugar gradually and beat well. If too thick, add small amount of milk. If too thin, add small amounts of sugar until desired consistency is reached. Frosting naturally thickens and firms up as it sits.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 681kcal | Carbohydrates: 96g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 23g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 113mg | Sodium: 620mg | Potassium: 296mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 4414IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Method: Bake

Source:  Chew Out Loud, adapted from my old friend Naomi

If you’re in the mood for a cupcake version, I won’t hold out on you.  Carrot Cake Cupcakes:

Carrot Cake Cream Cheese Cupcakes

Whether it’s actually spring or not, these bright Lemon Bars are studded with tons of lemon, and won’t short you of that great lemony flavor.  The crust is superb!

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Here’s our favorite one-bowl chocolate cake; too easy and way too yummy not to try!  The cake happens to be vegan, but nobody can tell.  It just tastes like fabulous chocolate cake.

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    • cindycote

    Can I print it?

      • chewoutloud

      Hi, Cindy! Yes, I just updated it so that it’s on the EasyRecipes format, and you may print it 🙂 Some of my “older” recipes (the blog is only 1.5 years old) weren’t on EasyRecipes format, but I’m working on it 🙂 Thanks so much for coming over, and hope you love this Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting as much as we do! It’s seriously awesome 🙂

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    • 5 stars

    They can simply be constructed of cardboard boxes and aluminum foil.
    Take this 5 minutes to go ahead and clean up the slow cooker.
    On the other hand, high setting will make it cook faster, which is
    for only 3 to 4 hours.

    • frugalfeeding

    My favourite cake, your rendition looks spectacular.

    • Conor Bofin

    Very tasty. Healthy too!

    • hadadelinvierno


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