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Delicious and Moist Carrot Cake Recipe with Cream Cheese Frosting

Updated on August 27, 2012
4.7 stars from 6 ratings of Delicious and Moist Carrot Cake

When it comes to carrot cake I am very picky. I can't stand when it's too dry or chunky and can barely tolerate when It's pared with a mediocre frosting. This recipe is moist and soft. The carrot pieces blend beautifully into the cake and the spices are warmly comforting. Plus it is pared with a delicious cream cheese frosting.

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 20 min
Yields: 8 - 12 slices


  • 2 cups Flour
  • 2 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Allspice
  • 3 cups Finely Shredded Carrots
  • 1 cup Cooking Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 batch Family's favorite cream cheese frosting, see recipe below


To get the carrots finely shredded either grate them on the small side of a cheese grater. This takes a while but the results are worth it. Grating them on the larger side produces a dryer cake with noticeable carrot strings. For a short cut you can also very coarsely chop carrots and pulse them in a food processor until they are finely chopped.

Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting for Mother's Day. My mom's favorite ^_^
Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting for Mother's Day. My mom's favorite ^_^


  1. Preheat oven to 325'F. Grease and flour two 8 or 9 inch round cake pans. Make sure your carrot's are shredded, see tips.
  2. In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and all the spices.
  3. Add carrot, cooking oil, vanilla and eggs. Beat with an electric mixer on low until combined. Continue to beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  4. Distribute batter evenly between the two prepared pans and bake at 325'F for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Cool on a wire rack. Let cool completely before frosting. For my favorite cream cheese frosting see the recipe below.

Family's Favorite Cream Cheese Frosting

Frosting can make or break a good cake. Here is my tried and true go-to cream cheese frosting recipe. I hope you like it as much as my family and I do.


  • 2 8oz packages Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup Butter, room temp
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 6 cups Powdered Sugar, sifted


  1. In a large mixing bowl beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  2. Gradually add powdered sugar. Beating after each addition.

Yup, it's really that easy!

For a chocolate cream cheese frosting substitute 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder for 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar.

Remember to store frosted cake and leftovers in the refrigerator.


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      Patsy Bell Hobson 

      4 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

      This is a favorite cake. And it doesn't get better than your homemade carrot cake. Voted Up, I, U, tweet, pin.

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      Sasha Kim 

      6 years ago

      Frogyfish, Thank you! The blender is a great tool for this ^_^

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      6 years ago

      This sounds really moist and yummy. Like the finely ground carrots too, as I pulse mine in the blender. Thanks for sharing.

    • Mama Kim 8 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sasha Kim 

      7 years ago

      Anamika, thank you ^_^ I'm sure you'll love this!

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      Anamika S Jain 

      7 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Can't resist this one... Pinning!

    • Mama Kim 8 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sasha Kim 

      7 years ago

      Thank you Michelle ^_^ This is one of my favorites! I'm so glad you liked it!

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      Michelle Liew 

      7 years ago from Singapore

      Delicious as usual, Sasha!! Love the cream cheeses touch! Sharing and pinning!

    • Mama Kim 8 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sasha Kim 

      7 years ago

      thelyricwriter, Thank you for the very generous comment! I bet a non-cooking guy like yourself could pull this off in the kitchen! Use it to impress a special someone ^_^

      Rajan, Thank you so very much! I always look forward to your comments!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      It looks beautiful and awesome, Kim. Thanks for sharing a wonderful recipe. Voted up and awesome.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      Voted up, useful, and awesome. 5 stars as well. I love carrot cake and frost icing. You did a great job on everything! Looks so great! You make everything simple and that can be appreciated from a non-cooking guy:) Great job!

    • Mama Kim 8 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sasha Kim 

      7 years ago

      Thank you Eddy! I'm so happy you enjoyed ^_^ this has been a family favorite for many many years. I do believe it was the very first cake I learned how to make as a child. Thank you so much for your kind comment!!

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      Eddy Jones 

      7 years ago from Wales.

      Mmmm I love carrot cake and cannot wait to try this one out.

      Thanks for sharing and now look forward to reading many more by you.


    • Mama Kim 8 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sasha Kim 

      7 years ago

      Thank you Vespa! It's a favorite around here ^_^ My mom only wants this cake for her birthday and mothers day. I hope you enjoy it as well!

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      Vespa Woolf 

      7 years ago from Peru, South America

      I'm also picky about my carrot cake. I like the idea of finely grating the carrot, using yummy spices and creamy cream cheese frosting. Sounds fabulous. I hope to try it soon. Voted up!


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