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16 of the Best Carrot Cake Recipes for Any Occasion

JANUARY 24, 2023
16 of the Best Carrot Cake Recipes for Any Occasion
Carrot cake—it just has a certain ring to it that makes the mouth water! Sweet, flavorful, and moist, the cake itself is a delicious indulgence. The addition of carrots to the classic cake is a great way to make it extra special. It’s ideal for any occasion, from birthdays to showers and holidays. Whether you like your carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, icing, or nuts, we have 16 of the best carrot cake recipes that you’ll want to try right away. From classic carrot cakes with a twist to inventive takes we’ve got you covered. Let’s get baking!
Taste of Home

Carrot Cake with Pecan Frosting

My husband constantly requests this homey, old-fashioned version of carrot cake. The frosting is still tasty even without the pecans. —Adrian Badon, Denham Springs, Louisiana
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8,703
141,650
1 hr 15 min
TOTAL TIME
820
CALORIES
$1.34
PER SERVING
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Carrot Cake with Pecan Frosting
Beyond the Butter

Single Layer Carrot Cake

This 6 inch Single Layer Carrot Cake is super moist and fluffy with flavors of cinnamon and chopped pecans in each bite. Pair it with this browned butter cinnamon cream cheese frosting and you have yourself a delicious treat!
13
14,900
49
55 min
TOTAL TIME
984
CALORIES
$0.94
PER SERVING
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Single Layer Carrot Cake
Food and Wine

Classic Carrot Cake with Fluffy Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot cake, that 1970s favorite, has a new audience at luxe restaurants like Manhattan's Le Bernardin. At the Urban Farmer in Portland, Oregon, pastry chef Jodi Elliot prepares the ultimate version: moist and not too sweet.More Terrific Cakes
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1,826
266
3 hr 30 min
TOTAL TIME
1337
CALORIES
$1.77
PER SERVING
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Classic Carrot Cake with Fluffy Cream Cheese Frosting
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Veggie desserts

Maple Carrot Cake

This nut-free carrot cake is packed with veg and flavour. 
13
278
50 min
TOTAL TIME
398
CALORIES
$0.55
PER SERVING
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Maple Carrot Cake
Grandbaby Cakes

Carrot Cake Recipe

This Amazing Carrot Cake is perfect for Easter or year round!  Made incredibly delicious and moist with fresh carrots, pineapple, a blend of warm spices and a homemade brown butter cream cheese frosting, this Carrot Cake Recipe is truly the BEST dessert EVER!
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14,109
244
1 hr 5 min
TOTAL TIME
698
CALORIES
$0.84
PER SERVING
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Carrot Cake Recipe
Fraiche Living

Carrot Cake

This moist and delicious carrot cake is a breeze to put together and is SO GOOD! You can bake it in a bundt pan or in two 6" or 9" pans to make a layer cake, but it also makes perfect muffins! Double the icing if you are making a layer cake.
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717
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452
CALORIES
$0.66
PER SERVING
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Carrot Cake
Featured Recipe
Cooklist AI

Moist Pineapple Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This flavorful pineapple carrot cake recipe is simple to make and features a delightful, moist texture. Paired with a fluffy, luscious cream cheese frosting, it provides a delicious yet not overly sweet dessert experience.
2
1 hr
TOTAL TIME
578
CALORIES
$0.77
PER SERVING
Moist Pineapple Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Directions
12 STEPS
1
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter two 9-inch round cake pans and dust with flour.
2
In a mixer, whisk the eggs and granulated sugar on high speed for 3 minutes until thick and fluffy.
3
With the mixer on medium speed, add the vegetable oil in a steady stream.
4
In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in fourths, mixing on medium-low speed and scraping down the bowl as needed.
5
Once the flour is fully incorporated, use a spatula to fold in the shredded carrots and drained crushed pineapple just until evenly combined.
6
Divide the batter between the two prepared cake pans and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow the cake layers to cool in their pans for 10 minutes, then remove and transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
7
While the cake layers cool, prepare the cream cheese frosting. In the mixer with a whisk attachment, cream together the butter and powdered sugar on medium-low speed, scraping the bowl as needed (about 2-3 minutes).
8
With the mixer on medium speed, add the softened cream cheese one piece at a time.
9
Increase mixer speed to high and beat the frosting until smooth, fluffy, and lump-free (approximately 5 minutes), scraping down the bowl occasionally.
10
To assemble the cake, place one cake layer on a platter. Spread a layer of frosting on top, and sprinkle with 2-3 tablespoons of chopped walnuts.
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Place the second cake layer on top, and spread frosting evenly around the sides.
12
Decorate with remaining walnuts on the top border and sides of the cake.
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Munchkin Time

Walnut Carrot Cake Recipe From Scratch

Delicious Walnut Carrot Cake Recipe From Scratch with raisins and cream cheese frosting.
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698
2
1 hr 5 min
TOTAL TIME
1262
CALORIES
$1.87
PER SERVING
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Walnut Carrot Cake Recipe From Scratch
Every Little Crumb

One Layer Carrot Cake

An easy and moist one layer carrot cake adapted from London's. famous Bread Ahead bakery. So easy and absolutely delicious!
7
60
1
30 min
TOTAL TIME
694
CALORIES
$0.85
PER SERVING
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One Layer Carrot Cake
Garden in the Kitchen

Cranberry Orange Carrot Cake

Soft and moist, this Cranberry Orange Carrot Cake is packed with fruits and veggies, for a real feel good dessert!
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61
55 min
TOTAL TIME
698
CALORIES
$1.87
PER SERVING
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Cranberry Orange Carrot Cake
Cook, Craft, Love

Homemade Carrot Cake

No, really. This really is the best homemade carrot cake recipe you'll ever make. Moist, perfectly spiced, and without getting carrot shreds stuck in your teeth!
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323
1
50 min
TOTAL TIME
507
CALORIES
$0.26
PER SERVING
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Homemade Carrot Cake
Celebrating Sweets

Healthier Carrot Cake (Naturally Sweetened + Whole Grain)

A healthier version of carrot cake - naturally sweetened with honey, applesauce, and pineapple, made with 100% whole grains, and topped with honey cream cheese frosting.
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5,909
83
1 hr
TOTAL TIME
257
CALORIES
$0.64
PER SERVING
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Healthier Carrot Cake (Naturally Sweetened + Whole Grain)
Natasha's Kitchen

Classic Carrot Cake Video

This classic carrot cake is perfectly soft and moist. The cream cheese frosting has a marshmallow-like fluffiness. Finally a carrot cake that isn't too sweet!
45
11,700
42
1 hr
TOTAL TIME
85
CALORIES
$0.11
PER SERVING
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Classic Carrot Cake Video
Happy Hooligans

Crazy-Good Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

Looking for the best carrot cake recipe? Your search is over. You won't find a better carrot cake with cream cheese icing than this one.
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12,881
457
1 hr 10 min
TOTAL TIME
344
CALORIES
$0.25
PER SERVING
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Crazy-Good Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting
Lodge Cast Iron

Spiced Carrot Cake

Lots of walnuts, lightly spiced with cinnamon and glazed with the dreamiest cream cheese frosting...
2
20
1 hr 25 min
TOTAL TIME
959
CALORIES
$1.03
PER SERVING
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Spiced Carrot Cake
Our Salty Kitchen

Mom's Super Moist Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

My mom's recipe for classic carrot cake is rich and incredibly moist, topped with gooey cream cheese frosting. It's the best recipe for carrot cake you'll ever make! 
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586
51
1 hr 30 min
TOTAL TIME
711
CALORIES
$0.97
PER SERVING
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Mom's Super Moist Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Eats Well With Others

Spiced Carrot Cake with Blond Chocolate Frosting

A richly spiced carrot cake covered in blond chocolate cream cheese frosting - a truly perfect carrot cake that you won't be able to help drooling over.
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1
1145
CALORIES
$1.74
PER SERVING
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Spiced Carrot Cake with Blond Chocolate Frosting
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