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Easy Carrot Cake Recipe

This semi-homemade Easy Carrot Cake Recipe is the recipe everyone will be begging you for. I have fooled everyone with this cake… it’s tastes 100% homemade, but I use a time saving (and flavor adding) trick… find out what secret ingredient I use to add depth and richness to my cake!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Easy Carrot Cake Recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Amanda Rettke


  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple, do not drain
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. (If you have a convection oven heat to 325°F.)
  2. Prepare (butter and flour, spray with pan release, or use GOOP) two 8-inch round cake pans.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add all the ingredients and beat at low speed just until everything is just incorporated, then increase the speed to medium and beat for another 2 minutes.

  4. Divide the batter into the two prepared pans and place in the oven for 35-40 minutes.
  5. Test the cakes at 30 minutes; if a toothpick comes out clean, the cakes are done.
  6. Allow cakes to cool for about 10 minutes in the pan, then invert onto a cooling rack until the cakes cool to room temperature. Do not frost cakes until they have cooled completely