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Carrot Cake Recipes

There are a variety of ways to make this moist delicious cake. This page contains carrot cake recipes.
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November 24, 2015 Flag

This is my families most favorite holiday dessert besides pies! I add a few different things that are not found in most recipes.

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Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 sticks butter (12 tablespoons)
  • 4 eggs, I always use jumbo. I think it truly makes a difference.
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract (imitation is fine)
  • 2-1/2 cup flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cloves or allspice
  • 3 cups grated carrots
  • 1 20 oz. can of crushed pineapple (very well drained, I use a potato masher to press out the juice, and then pat it with a paper towel)
  • Butter Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 pkg (8 oz) softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) softened butter
  • 4 - 5 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Use a few drops of coffee creamer if frosting is too thick.
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Steps:

  1. Pre-heat oven 350 degrees F. Prepare large tube pan with spray oil and flour.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, melt butter until softened. Beat together eggs, butter, sugar, and vanilla. Mix well.
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  4. Add your grated carrots and crushed pineapple. Mix very well now with a spatula, and set aside.
  5. In another mixing bowl, add your flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg & allspice or cloves. Mix well with a spatula, NOT in the mixer!
  6. 4. Add this to your wet ingredients. Stirring in very well, folding in the flour over and over from the top to the bottom of the bowl. Mix well.
  7. Pour batter into prepared tube pan or you can make round layer cakes. This would make a lovely 3 layer cake!
  8. Cook for about 60 minutes and test with a toothpick for doneness. If it comes out a bit wet or sticky, add 5 minutes between testing.
  9. Let this cool for 10-15 minutes, turn over onto a cake plate or dinner plate, and then quickly turn it over again. So the top of the cake is right side up.
  10. To make your frosting; melt butter and add to softened cream cheese. Stir until all is smooth. Add the vanilla. Add the confectioner's sugar, and stir until smooth. If this is too thick, add a few drops at a time of coffee creamer or milk. If the frosting is too thin, add by the spoonful more confectioner's sugar.
  11. Let this cool in the refrigerator until served.
  12. Enjoy this moist and delicious dessert!
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December 11, 20150 found this helpful

This is a similar Carrot Cake recipe I already posted, with a different additive. I wanted to show what it looked like in a 3-layer cake with Cream Cheese frosting decorated with pineapple topping and pineapple in between each layer

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November 21, 2011

Had some leftover homemade cranberry sauce, prunes and a box of carrot cake mix and decided to get creative! It turned out delicious! You can also make cranberry upside down cake, or mix the cream cheese and cranberry together and put into muffins.

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November 30, 2011

A fall favorite!

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April 6, 2011

With the coming of spring brings an old, yet great, recipe for those family get-togethers that is scrump-delicious. Simple and easy to make, I'm betting it won't last long when everyone bites into your freshly homemade dessert.

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June 9, 20160 found this helpful

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This is a guide about making a carrot cake recipe with canned carrots. Even if you don't have fresh carrots you can still make a delicious carrot cake.

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April 7, 2010

Blend oil and sugar, then add eggs, one at a time. Sift all other dry ingredients together in another bowl. Add dry ingredients to sugar/oil/egg mixture.

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January 1, 2005

I love carrot cake and I have sampled it all over the world.  This recipe makes one of the moistest cakes I have ever had, but what makes it really special is the icing.  Instead of regular cream cheese icing we like to make it with a cream cheese sauce.  When serving the cake just pour or dollop on the cream cheese sauce, as little or as much as you want.

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November 30, 2011

A fall favorite!

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May 26, 20040 found this helpful

This makes a very large cake - can be halved or cooked in 2 - 9x13 inch pans.

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December 13, 2007 Flag

I'm looking for a REALLY yummy carrot cake recipe. One that is very moist. The recipe I tried was really dry and I've eaten some before that was really moist. Does anybody have a recipe like this?

Nellio

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December 14, 20070 found this helpful

This is a copy-cat recipe of Sara Lee's Carrot Cake. I have a few different carrot cake recipes but I have to say this was really good. I made the icing without the orange peel because I don't care for that.

Sara Lee's Carrot Square Cake Recipe

2 Eggs

1 teaspoon Vanilla

6 ounces Oil

1 teaspoon Salt

1-1/2 teaspoons Baking powder

2 teaspoons Cinnamon

1 cup Sugar

1-1/4 cups All-purpose flour

1 cup Carrots -- grate fine

1 cup Walnuts -- well-chopped

1/2 cup Light raisins

CREAM CHEESE ICING

6 ounces Cream cheese - softened

1/4 pound Butter

1 pound Powdered sugar

1-1/2 teaspoons Orange extract

1 teaspoon Spice Island orange peel

1 tablespoon Light corn syrup or pancake syrup

1 tablespoon Cornstarch or flour

Combine first 8 ingredients with electric mixer on medium-high. Beat 3 minutes scraping down sides of bowl often. Remove beaters. Stir in last 3 ingredients. Grease and flour 9" square pan. Spread batter evenly in pan. Bake at 325 about 50 minutes. Cool in pan about 30 minutes.

Frost with Cream Cheese Frosting and sprinkle with additional walnuts .

ICING: Cream the cream cheese with the butter until light and fluffy, using med-high speed of electric mixer. Add half of the sugar, increasing speed to high. Add extract and peel and beat about 1 minute. Scrape down sides of bowl often. Resume beating adding remaining powdered sugar. Beat smooth. Frost sides and top of cake.

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December 14, 20070 found this helpful

The recipe with the crushed pineapple is the best one I've had.

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January 20, 2005 Flag

Help! Does anyone out there have a really great recipe for Carrot Cake? I would love to have it, if you'd be willing to share it.

Bert from Oregon

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January 22, 20050 found this helpful

This recipe was my boyfriend's Grandmothers recipe and it's really good!

CARROT CAKE

2 c. sugar

2 tsp. baking soda

1/3 c. buttermilk

3 c. flour

3 c. shredded carrots

4 eggs

1 1/2 c. cooking oil

1 1/2 tsp. lemon extract

1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

ICING:

1 c. frozen orange juice

1 c. sugar

Cream sugar, eggs, and oil. Dissolve baking soda in buttermilk. Sift flour and cinnamon and add to creamed mixture. Add buttermilk, carrots, and lemon extract. Bake in a 9x13 greased pan in 350 degree oven for 1 hour. Pour icing over cake while warm. Let set for 2 hours before cutting.

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February 11, 20050 found this helpful

hi, i made a tastey carrot cake but some of the shredded carrots turned green! it looks like zuchinni. how does this happen? and it tastes fine if you don;t think about it.

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August 21, 2009 Flag

I am looking for a recipe for carrot cake for approximately 20 people. I would like one using eggs, oil, flour, cinnamon, and carrots.

By ruby123 from Aberdeen, NC

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August 26, 20090 found this helpful

This is the copycat recipe for the Sara Lee Carrot Cake. I have tried quite a few carrot cake recipes but this one is really good (and I am so picky)! You can always double the recipe and make two cakes.

Sara Lee's Carrot Square Cake Recipe

2 Eggs

1 teaspoon Vanilla

6 ounces Oil

1 teaspoon Salt

1-1/2 teaspoons Baking powder

2 teaspoons Cinnamon

1 cup Sugar

1-1/4 cups All-purpose flour

1 cup Carrots -- grate fine

1 cup Walnuts -- well-chopped

1/2 cup Light raisins

Cream Cheese Icing

6 ounces Cream cheese - softened

1/4 pound Butter

1 pound Powdered sugar

1-1/2 teaspoons Orange extract

1 teaspoon orange peel

1 tablespoon Light corn syrup or pancake syrup

1 tablespoon Cornstarch or flour

Combine first 8 ingredients with electric mixer on medium-high. Beat 3 minutes scraping down sides of bowl often. Remove beaters. Stir in last 3 ingredients. Grease and flour 9" square pan. Spread batter evenly in pan. Bake at 325 about 50 minutes. Cool in pan about 30 minutes.

Frost with Cream Cheese Frosting and sprinkle with additional walnuts.

Icing: Cream the cream cheese with the butter until light and fluffy, using med-high speed of electric mixer. Add half of the sugar, increasing speed to high. Add extract and peel and beat about 1 minute. Scrape down sides of bowl often. Resume beating adding remaining powdered sugar. Beat smooth. Frost sides and top of cake.

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April 6, 2011 Flag

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 3 medium carrots, grated
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

Icing:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

Topping:

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 2 Tbsp. firmly packed light brown sugar

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 inch round cake pan. Dust with flour; tap out excess. Mix together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Beat together butter and sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. At low speed, alternately beat flour mixture and milk into butter mixture. Stir in carrots and nuts.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake cake until top springs back when lightly touched and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 40 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. Turn cake out onto rack to cool completely. To prepare icing, beat together butter and cream cheese at medium speed until completely smooth. Beat in vanilla. Beat in confectioners' sugar until well blended. To prepare topping, mix together nuts and brown sugar. Place cake on a serving plate. Spread icing over top and sides. Sprinkle with nut mixture.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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April 7, 2010 Flag

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. soda
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups grated carrots
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 cups oil
  • 1/2 cup nuts

Icing:

  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 box powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup margarine

Directions

Cream oil and sugar. Add eggs. Sift dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture. Add carrots and nuts. Place in greased and floured pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.

For Icing: Beat all of the above ingredients together and frost cooled cake.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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February 22, 2010 Flag

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 cup crushed pineapple and juice
  • 3 cups grated carrots
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. soda
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (opt.)
  • 1 cup coconut flakes (opt.)
Frosting
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1 package cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 2 lb. powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. water or enough liquid to make right consistency.

Directions

Mix eggs, sugar, and oil 2 minutes at medium speed. Add pineapple and carrots. Mix in flour, cinnamon, soda, salt, then add walnuts and coconut. Mix well at low speed. Bake 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees F. Fills a 9x13 inch cake pan. Frost with cream cheese frosting.

For Frosting: All ingredients should be at room temperature. Combine in order given. Liquid required will depend on room temperature and humidity. Makes enough to frost a sheet cake or 8 inch round cake.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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Carrot Cake

I love carrot cake but I've never heard of adding pineapple or coconut. Anyone tried it with these ingredients? (03/29/2006)

By IMAQT1962

Carrot Cake

Oh yeah! It makes it REALLY good. You'll love it!!(04/05/2006)

By peggygv

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February 22, 2010 Flag

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 can crushed pineapple (8 oz.)
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
Orange Glaze:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. grated orange peel
  • 1 tsp. salt

Directions

Mix together flour, cinnamon, soda, salt, carrots and pecans. Then combine sugar, oil, pineapple, eggs and vanilla and add to first mixture. Bake in greased and floured tube pan at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes.

For Orange Glaze: Mix sugar and cornstarch in pan. Gradually add orange juice and stir until smooth. Add butter, orange peel and salt. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until thick. Let glaze cool completely before putting on cake.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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Carrot Cake

Thanks for a carrot cake recipe that doesn't use cream cheese frosting. I am not a cheese lover and can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks Robin. (06/11/2009)

By Joankay

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August 21, 2009 Flag

Does anyone have a recipe for a good carrot cake without pineapple or boxed cake mixes? I prefer cakes made from scratch not from a box, please. My son has allergies so boxed cake mixes aren't good for him and he doesn't like pineapple. Many thanks.

Cettina

Answers:

Homemade Carrot Cake Recipes

This is the very best recipe in the whole world for carrot cake. My husband doesn't like carrot (or he didn't before me), but he absolutely loves this one. You can use a cream cheese frosting or do like we do and eat it plain.

Ingredients:

FROSTING

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 15X10 baking pan.

Combine all dry ingredients. Add carrots, oil (or applesauce), and nuts and stir until well combined.
Add eggs and mix well. Pour into pan and bake until top springs back when touched (about 35-45). While cake is cooling: Stir together all frosting ingredients except sugar and milk. Add sugar and stir until well combined, add milk if necessary. Spread over cooled cake. Eat. (07/15/2008)

By Glenn'sMom

Homemade Carrot Cake Recipes

My husband's favorite cake is carrot cake, but he hates the box mixes. I make this recipe for him every year on his birthday and he loves it.

Carrot Cake

Beat eggs well in a large bowl, and add sugars in gradually, beating until light. Beat in oil. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir into egg mixture. Stir in carrots, raisins, and nuts (if using). Pour into a greased and floured 13X9 pan, and bake in a 350 degrees oven for 35-40 minutes. Enjoy.
(07/16/2008)

By tiffanyau

Homemade Carrot Cake Recipes

My fave recipe is from a church cookbook.

Blend these together well in large bowl.

Add one at a time and beat well after each

Sift together:

Add to egg mixture, stir until blended. Add 2 c. grated carrots, 1/2 c. chopped walnuts and 1 c. raisins.
Bake 1 hour at 350*F.

Personally, I like carrot cake without any icing. But in case you don't:

OPTIONAL ICING

Beat together first 3 ingredients until fluffy. Then add icing sugar until it becomes spreading consistency. When cake is cooled, spread on frosting and enjoy. I have also substituted orange extract for the vanilla in the cream cheese icing with lovely results. You can also make an orange juice and icing sugar glaze instead that is very tasty and a lighter option to icing. (07/17/2008)

By thriftmeg

RE: Homemade Carrot Cake Recipes

Homemade Carrot Cake Recipes

I double checked the one I sent to you. Yes, that's the correct amount of sugar. You might try cutting it down. I used to use about half the sugar recipes called for with no bad results especially if there was frosting involved. We usually (as in always) eat ours without frosting and prefer it this way. (07/17/2008)

By Glenn'sMom

Homemade Carrot Cake Recipes

My favorite is the one with the strained baby food carrots. I think it uses two or three jars. I haven't made it in a while. You can Google the recipe. Just key in: strained carrots baby oil cake, those five words should get you a jillion recipes for it. No pineapple in it either. Wish I could cut and paste, but this laptop is new to me and I don't do it yet. (07/29/2008)

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June 10, 20090 found this helpful

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour 2 9 inch round cake pans. At low speed beat cake mix, pineapple, eggs, oil, 1/2 cup water and cinnamon, 30 seconds.

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June 10, 20090 found this helpful

Combine all ingredients in order given and pour batter in a greased and floured 9x13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes.

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June 10, 20090 found this helpful

Combine first 3 ingredients in bowl, mixing well. Blend 1/2 tsp. salt and dry ingredients together in bowl.

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June 10, 20090 found this helpful

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl, cream butter, gradually add sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, 1 at at time, beating well after each addition.

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June 10, 20090 found this helpful

Beat sugar and oil together in bowl. Add eggs, beating well. Sift dry ingredients together.

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