• Homemade Carrot Cake Recipe {Cream Cheese Frosting}

    filed under: Cakes · Rose + Rosette Cakes on December 14, 2017

    The best Carrot Cake recipe you will ever try. This homemade carrot cake is bursting with flavor and moisture!

    Carrot Cake

    Trying to find a real carrot cake recipe is not as easy as you would think.  My Mother-in-Law was having a big birthday party last Sunday and her only request was a carrot cake from scratch.

    Real carrot cake.  With real ingredients. (No box mixes allowed!)


    How to make Carrot Cake with the BEST Cream Cheese Frosting!

    After testing out several recipes, I finally found one that everyone loves!

    Easy Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Rosettes!

    For the exterior, I did a version of my original Rosette Cake.

    My beautiful mother-in-law was turning 67 (she really doesn’t look a day over 45!) and so piped out 67 flowers.  Some are with the 1M tip (remember you can always use a 2D tip in place of the 1M) and the rest are with #27 tip from Wilton.

    Chunky Carrot Cake From Scratch with Cream Cheese Rosettes!


    This is my favorite Cream Cheese frosting.  (It’s the best ever.  Don’t click that link.  You will be ruined for all other cream cheese frostings forever.)

    How to Make the Best Carrot Cake

    Once you have added the flour to the wet ingredients you want to be very gentle with the batter. I recommend removing the bowl from the stand mixer and mix all dry ingredients in by hand.

    If you do not want to add pineapple, you can add 1/4 more oil and omit the pineapple. You can also make other substitutions or changes like adding sweetened coconut (1/4 cup should do!) or using a little brown sugar.

    Allow the cakes to cool completely before assembling the cake. I like to use a chilled cake for assembly and a room-temperature frosting. You may need to level your cake prior to assembly. (Get detailed instructions on that here.)

    The cream cheese frosting is SWEET. If you are hesitant, try tasting as you go and add in the confectioner’s sugar a cup at a time. You may be able to use less sugar.

    BONUS: One way to make this cake AMAZING (and for the 21+ crowd) is to plump up your raisins in rum or the alcohol of choice.


    Easy Homemade Carrot Cake Recipe {Best Frosting}


    Man, it was good.  The flavor of this homemade carrot cake recipe is delightful.  The texture was exquisite. It’s perfection.

    I think I just talked myself into making another one. Hope you enjoy this Homemade Carrot Cake recipe!

    Homemade Carrot Cake

    • Prep Time:15m
    • Cook Time:55m
    • Total Time:1h 10m
    • Serves: 12


    • 2 c (400g) granulated sugar
    • 2 1/4 c grated carrots
    • 1 c roughly chopped walnuts
    • 1 c raisins
    • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
    • 2 tsp. baking soda
    • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
    • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
    • 2 3/4 c (352g) all-purpose flour
    • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
    • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
    • 1 1/4 c (250g) vegetable oil
    • 1/2 c pineapple (can be from a can or freshly diced)


    1. Heat the oven to 350°F.
    2. Prepare two 8-inch round baking pans. (Can also do three 7-inch round cake pans) Butter pans generously or spray with baking spray.
    3. Beat the sugar, oil, vanilla, and eggs in mixer until it is a light yellow, about 3 minutes.
    4. In a separate bowl sift together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt. (Double sifting is recommended)
    5. With the mixer on low speed, slowly and gently add in the dry ingredients. Mix until JUST combined. (Can also mix by hand!)
    6. Remove bowl from mixer and fold raisins, nuts, carrots, and pineapple.
    7. Divide the batter equally between the pans. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out mostly clean. A few crumbs are what you want for a MOIST cake!
    8. Allow the cakes to cool completely on a wire rack.
    9. Cover in cream cheese frosting.

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    What does the pineapple in this recipe do for the cake?

    Amanda, did I do something wrong? I baked as directed and it cooked in half the time. smelled like it was burning. Going to ice it and try it later for my Hubbys bday. It looks dry. I live in Chicago so altitude could not be an issue. Any suggestions?

    I made this carrot cake. I substituted homemade applesauce for the oil and used monkfruit sweetener for the cake instead of sugar. The cream cheese frosting was your recipe as written. It was a big hit for my friend’s birthday-everyone loved it.

    Hi, I want to make your carrot cake. Can you mention the cup quantities for carrots/ nuts ect in grams or in ounzes please. is it possible to sub oil with butter? If so how much? Thanks in advance

    All I can say is “Wow!”
    I’ve made Carrot Cakes in the past but this recipe is the “best” one I have “ever” used!
    My Cake came out “PERFECT” & so did my Icing. Moist & delicious! Thank you so very much for sharing your recipe🤗

    This is the best receipe, the cake is so moist.

    I am from Puerto Rico. My husband and my daugther love carrot cakes but he is diabetic and we dont use regular sugar. My question is if I can use substitute of sugar as splenda to make the recipe.

    I just made this. The cake was done at 40 minutes. I would have burnt it, had I gone the full 55. Glad I learned to “smell” when something is done. Waiting for the cake to cool now.

    thank you Amanda for all the recipes you have published. I’m still searching for the raspberry/lemon cake recipe. It was shown on video. can you help. linda simpson FB

    Love your recipes requesting more for the slow cooker.Thank you.

    I am a late planner…I’m awful. I want to make this for my fiancé for his bday on Saturday (Aug 25), carrot cake is his ultimate weakness.
    I am at high altitude. Do you have the flour conversion for this so that I don’t end up with carrot pancakes? Thanks in advance!

    can carrot bake be baked in a 9 x 13 ?

    Lovely cake very nice work. I like the carrot cake lovely keep up the good work.

    Where is recipe for frosting ?)

    I am going to make carrot cake tomorrow for my husband’s Birthday .I hope he likes it. Sounds delicious!

    Can the sugar be replaced with Splendid?

    Hi! I tried to make your recipe and the batter ended dry… Does the batter crumby? What is the consistency of your batter. Thank u!

    This is by far one of my favorite cake recipes. Rich and moist. Just a delight to the senses. I gasped with pleasure during the first bite. Thank you so much!

    Can I leave out the raisins? If so what should I substitute ?

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