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Carrot Cake Recipes . . . Gone Wild!

Updated on July 26, 2017

Falling In Love With Carrot Cake

Carrot cakes have evolved over the past couple of decades. This once dense, bread-like, "health food-y" dessert . . . is now being expressed in a broad range of scrumptuous concoctions.

With the right carrot cake recipe, you can WOW friends and loved ones. And the best part is . . . they don't have to love carrots to LOVE carrot cake. This rich, moist, spice infused delectable can become a favorite of even the most finicky of cake eaters.

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Here is my ode to carrot cake . . . a celebration of home-bakers who share their (classic to unique) carrot cake recipes as well as some mouth-watering food photography . . . Enjoy!

What Is Carrot Cake? - Defining this delectable ...

Photo used under Creative Commons from: HeatherHeatherHeather, on Flickr

Carrot cake . . . consists of grated carrot mixed with batter. The carrot softens in the cooking process, and the cake usually has a soft, dense texture. The carrots themselves enhance the flavour, texture and appearance of the cake.

~ Wikipedia

Freshly Baked Carrot Cake Layer

Photo used under Creative Commons from: SisterMaryEris, on Flickr

Carrot Cake Recipe Ideas

Applesauce Carrot Cake Recipe

Photo used under Creative Commons from: sleepyneko, on Flickr

Applesauce adds moisture to this carrot cake.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups applesauce
  • 3/4 cups shredded raw carrots
  • 3 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups unsifted whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons allspice
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1 1/2 cups raisins

Preparation:

  • In a large mixing bowl, cream butter until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in granulated and brown sugars. Beat in eggs.
  • Measure all-purpose and whole wheat flour into a bowl; add baking soda and spices and stir to blend. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture alternately with applesauce and carrots. Fold in walnuts and raisins.
  • Spoon batter into to a greased and floured bundt cake pan. Bake in a preheated 350° oven for 1 hour and 20 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes. Cool in pan for 5 minutes; tap to loosen and unmold on a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Sprinkle with confectioners sugar or drizzle with a glaze before serving.

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Recipe courtesy of: Southernfood/About.com

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Carrot Cake Cupcakes - Carrot Cake In A Fun Form!

Photo used under Creative Commons from: Mr. T in DC, on Flickr

Ginger-Orange Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Photo used under Creative Commons from: cbcastro, on Flickr

Here are several renditions of this carrot cake with a "Kick" . . .

Carrot-Parsnip Spice Muffin Tops

Photo used under Creative Commons from: MGF/Lady Disdain, on Flickr

Recipe for Carrot-Parsnip Spice Muffin Tops can be found right HERE

Pineapple Carrot Raisin Spice Cakes

Photo used under Creative Commons from: foodistablog, on Flickr

Recipe for pineapple carrot raisin spice cake can be found HERE

Chocolate Carrot Cake

Photo used under Creative Commons from: scubadive67, on Flickr

Recipe for chocolate carrot cake can be found HERE

Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies

Carrot Cake Truffles

Photo used under Creative Commons from: JillOW, on Flickr

And Finally . . . Carrot Cake Ice Cream

Photo used under Creative Commons from: joyosity, on Flickr

Give A Shout About Carrot Cake! - Or, just let me know you stopped by ...

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      Elyn MacInnis 3 years ago from Shanghai, China

      Carrot cake is soul satisfying. Thanks for all the different ideas.

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      Elyn MacInnis 3 years ago from Shanghai, China

      Carrot cake is soul satisfying. Thanks for all the different ideas.

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      KamalaEmbroidery 4 years ago

      I love carrot cake! What a lot of delicious looking photos.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Love carrot cake! Now I have a few more recipes to try.

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      dumpstergourmet 4 years ago

      Really looking forward to trying out one of these recipes for Easter! Thanks!

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      LouisaDembul 4 years ago

      I've never heard of carrot cake ice-cream, but it sounds deliciouS!

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      kabbalah lm 4 years ago

      I love carrot cake

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      FamilyBeachVaca 4 years ago

      I know what I will be doing this weekend...just don't know which one, I love carrot cake.

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      codex547 4 years ago

      Carrot cake..Never tried one but now i will.

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      MiaMusement 4 years ago

      Carrot Cake is my husband's favorite and what he usually gets on his birthday. He may get Carrot Cake Ice Cream this year... and he may feel like "died and went to heaven." ;-)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Beautifully and deliciously presented to bring out the carrot cake lover in everyone, those are some taste tempting pictures and even truffles and I love the little bunts....yummy!

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      Johann The Dog 4 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      Oh wow!!! You got my Mum's mouth watering!

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      Thank you for the recipes.

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      OMENA777 4 years ago

      Carrot cake is my favorite.

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      fathomblueEG 5 years ago

      I love carrot cake but I didn't know there were so many variations. Oh so yummy!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      In celebration of Friendship Day 2012, I am returning to some of my favorite lenses for fun, sharing and renewed blessings :) Friends Still Make it All Worthwhile!

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      gold3 5 years ago

      Oh my! I was looking for carrot cake cheesecake and found all of these wonderful recipes. I LOVE this lens!

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      elizabethknows lm 5 years ago

      looks so good

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      Einar A 5 years ago

      Carrot cake is one of my favorites, and now I have some unique new recipes to try!

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      Risteard O'Marcahain 5 years ago from Wales

      These look delicious I will try them

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      Edutopia 5 years ago

      My brother has wanted a good carrot cake for years now. He will get a big kick out of this lens.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      I am going to faint from delish! Blessed!

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      sousababy 5 years ago

      Just had to come back to google +1 this gem.

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      sousababy 5 years ago

      This is a gorgeous lens . . with photos so good, I could almost taste the carrot cake. Great variations here too. Thanks for sharing.

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      Debi Jones 5 years ago from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

      Great photos and yummy recipes!! I viewed the video here with the 100 year old carrot cake recipe. My husband loves carrot cake and his birthday is coming up soon!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      these photos made everyone around my desk want this! Loved this lens! I'm adding it to my lens so I can always find this. If you can, browse my lens, great educational topic with poll questions for my readers to do.

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      Wow ... Yum ... Yummy ... What are you doing to us? This is a smorgasbord of absolute delight. Fabulous recipes. If I was a Squid Angel I would've blessed your lens.

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      Bellezza-Decor 6 years ago from Canada

      Delicious Carrot Cake Recipes! I know I'm going to test out a few.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      A special blessing and featured on April Fool's Day Blessings. You are charged with preparing this cake and bringing it aboard the special bus for angels that are buzzing around today. If you fail we will come to your place for toilet breaks.

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      jvsper63 6 years ago

      I want carrot cake so bad right now with lots of icing.:) Great lens!!!

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      KarenCookieJar 6 years ago

      I love carrot cake, I've always wanted to try the carrot cake ice cream at cold stone but they are always out of it or it is not in season when I am there. But I've made carrot cake several times and they are always delicious. And you can trick yourself into feeling as if you are eating healthy.

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      EpiphanyLondon 6 years ago

      Wow! I've never seen all these variations to carrot cake! I'm going to try several of these - thanks :-D

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      deyanis 6 years ago from Oz

      My husband's favorite cake, thank you for sharing carrot cake recipes. Can't wait to try them all. --- Blessed ---

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      KDimmick 6 years ago

      Yummy! Blessed.

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      My husband is the carrot cake fanatic in our household.

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      Fox Music 6 years ago

      Thank you for sharing the many variant recipes for carrot cake!! Great Lens

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      JeffreyTymczak LM 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. Love Carrot Cake!!!! Looking forward to your next lens, I will definitely be rating this UP!!! ;)

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      Oh My GOD!!! I'm having a heart attack!! I want to eat them ALLL!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      alesxandrea 6 years ago

      Umph! I HATE this lens. Why? Because it made me drool! Lol.

      I love Carrot Cakes and this lens has really made me wanna go out and buy one for myself. ^_^

      It's the most delicious lens about carrot cake... Well done!

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Lovely recipes. Great alternative to the fruit cake tradition. Featured this on Holiday Cooking

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wow, this is a unique lens ~ I didn't expect to see so many variations of carrot cake. I really like carrot cake and with all these choices, I loving it even more. **Blessed by a Squid-Angel**

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Chocolate Carrot Cake..Now that quite the combination! Pretty sure it will satisfy my chocolate addiction and because of the carrots, would be kinda healthy>

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      Zen Automat 6 years ago

      I could live on carrot cake......

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      Tom Fattes 6 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Just had Carrot Cake over Thanksgiving. Yum! Yum! Yum!

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      Loretta 6 years ago from United States

      Oh the deliciousness! I love carrot cake!

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      Liz Mackay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Favourited.

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      capriliz lm 6 years ago

      I am so glad I found this! I am going to use your recipe to make a carrot cake. This is what I have been wanting for quite a while.

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      rewards4life info 6 years ago

      Your recipes sound delicious. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm wild about carrot cake and sure would like to sample some of these newer recipes. Can you send a baker to my house, please.

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      SofiaMann 6 years ago

      I love all your recipes. They are exquisite. Thanks and congratulations.

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      Bellezza-Decor 6 years ago from Canada

      Oh, the Carrot Cheesecake looks seductive!

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      kt_glasses 6 years ago

      amazing recipes! everything looks so delicious.

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      resabi 6 years ago

      Not only lick-worthy, but blessworthy! Refraining from the first part but not the second. (trans: Blessed)

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      ssuthep 6 years ago

      This recipe looks great. Yummy! I do love carrot cake and will try to give your recipe a try.

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Love carrot cakes and you have one here I like in particular, the Ginger one. I am not a baker but might just give this a try as I can't buy it where I am now. Thanks. A 5

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      sukkran trichy 7 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      well presented lens with very interesting recipes.

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      VarietyWriter2 7 years ago

      Another great cake lens by you. Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This is great lens. very interesting 5*.

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      Dee Gallemore 7 years ago

      @Sylvestermouse: Thank you soooo much for stopping back by and I am honored by the Squid Angel blessing. Congrats on your new role . . . well-deserved (Pssst, you have always been an angel in my eyes)!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      Just had to stop back by on my first day as a Squid Angel and Bless this wonderful lens!

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      Brookelorren LM 7 years ago

      Carrot cake is great. Thanks for sharing.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 8 years ago from United States

      I think I could go wild over these carrot cakes! Thanks for sharing the recipes. 5 stars from me too.

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      You are right -- you don't have to like carrots to enjoy carrot cake.

      Nicely done & blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      AppalachianCoun 8 years ago

      Wonderful lens. Thank-you for all the awesome recipes. We enjoy carrot cake a lot.

      5 stars*****

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      poutine 8 years ago

      Love carrot cake and muffins, but do not like cream cheese frosting.

      POutine

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      Bambi Watson 8 years ago

      very nice...I love carrot cake!...my recipe is the best though...lol :-) 5*