Carrot Cake Recipes

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



  • 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.


  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.
  3. Add your grated carrots and crushed pineapple. Mix very well now with a spatula, and set aside.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. Pour batter into prepared tube pan or you can make round layer cakes. This would make a lovely 3 layer cake!
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Let this cool in the refrigerator until served.
  11. Enjoy this moist and delicious dessert!
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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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A fall favorite!

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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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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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The Maitre D
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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A fall favorite!

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May 26, 2004

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

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December 13, 2007

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?



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December 13, 20070 found this helpful

Carrot Cake

2 cups White sugar
1 cup Vegetable oil
1/2 cup Melted butter
4 Eggs
2 1/2 cups Flour
2 tsp. Baking Powder
2 tsp. Baking Soda
2 tsp Cinnamon
3 cups (1lb.) Grated Carrots

Mix the oil, butter and sugar together on low speed for 3 minutes. Add eggs 1 at a time and mix for 3 more minutes. Sift the dry ingredients together and add to egg, oil and sugar mixture. Add the grated carrots and mix for 1 more minute.

Spread mixture into three greased and floured 8" pans. Bake at 325º convection for 20-25 minutes.

Cream Cheese Frosting

8 oz Cream cheese
6 oz. Butter
1 lb. Powdered sugar
2 tsp. Vanilla

Cream the Cream cheese and butter together for 5 minutes. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and mix well.

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December 13, 20070 found this helpful

I made carrot cupcakes for a end of school party and I followed this recipe except that I used spice cake instead of a yellow cake mix and I substituted applesauce for the oil. It was very moist and rich. I think adding the real carrots and using applesauce is the key.

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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

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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January 20, 2005

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


January 21, 20050 found this helpful

Carrot Cake

1 cup cooking oil
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
Beat together and add the following:
2 1/4 cups flour
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp salt
Stir in:
2 cups shredded carrots
1 cup flaked cocunut (sweetened or unsweetened, whatever you have)
1 8 oz. can crushed pineapple. (1/2 cup)

Pour into well greased 9 x 13 pan and bake at 350 F for 50 to 60 minutes.


1 3 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup melted margarine/butter
2 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups icing sugar

Enjoy!! I do not like nuts in my carrot cake but they could be put in this recipe if you wished.

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January 21, 20050 found this helpful

New Zealand Microwave Carrot Cake

1+1/2 cups plain flour
1+1/2 tspns. baking powder
1+1/2 tspns. baking soda
3/4 tspn salt
2 tspns cinnamon
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup soft brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Mix the above ingredients together then add.....

1 cup cooking oil
3 eggs
1 cup grated carrot
225gm. tin crushed pineapple
1/2 cup sultanas

Pour mixture into a MICROWAVE ring cake tin and cook on ELEVATED stand on HIGH power (my microwave is 900watts) for 13 - 15 minutes.
Stand the cake in its tin for 10 minutes BEFORE removing.
Ice with a cream cheese icing (I think you people know icing as frosting?) of your choice.

Makes a really nice, moist carrot cake in under 1/2 an hour.

Hope you are able to convert my metric measurements into US measurements.

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January 22, 20050 found this helpful

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

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

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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By sheila (Guest Post)
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

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 ruby from Aberdeen, NC

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June 9, 2016

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

Piece of carrot cake against a white background

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April 6, 2011

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.

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April 7, 2010

Cream oil and sugar. Add eggs. Sift dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture. Add carrots and nuts.

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