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Best Ever Carrot Cake Recipe

This easy to make carrot cake recipe guarantees a sweet, delicious and moist dessert with a tangy smooth cream cheese frosting that all will enjoy.

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Grandma’s Easy Carrot Cake Recipe

The classic combination of a sweet carrot cake with the tanginess of a cream cheese frosting is a tried and true recipe our family has been indulging in for years.

While the cream cheese frosting is delicious, our kids actually prefer it without. If we’re really feeling fancy, we simply sprinkle some icing sugar on top.

Overhead view of a carrot cake in a rectangular glass dish with white frosting. The carrot cake has been cut into 20 serving size squares.

The kids love this baked (healthier) treat for an afternoon snack. And we love to indulge in a piece with a fresh cup of coffee or delicious afternoon tea.

Carrot Cake Recipe Variations

For additional flavor options, consider adding raisins, shredded coconut or chopped walnuts to the carrot cake batter before baking.


When preparing the frosting, ensure that the cream cheese as well as the butter are soft. Remove from the fridge prior to preparing to allow the ingredients enough time to soften at room temperature.

Before adding the creamy frosting, be sure to wait until the carrot cake cools completely. Afterwards, place the frosted carrot cake in the fridge and store it there until you’re ready to serve.

slice of delicious and moist carrot cake with cream cheese frosting

Best Ever Carrot Cake Recipe

Jane and Sonja
A guaranteed sweet, delicious and moist dessert with this easy to make best-ever carrot cake recipe.
5 from 116 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 20 pieces
Calories 202 kcal


  • stand mixer or electric mixer


Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice


  • Grease a 9”x13” glass pan.
  • Preheat the oven to 365F.
  • Shred carrots.
  • In a medium sized bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  • Using a stand mixer or electric mixer, beat eggs for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add brown sugar and mix until sugar is fully dissolved.
  • Slowly pour oil into the egg and sugar mixture. Continue mixing for a few minutes until ingredients are well blended and a creamy texture forms.
  • Add dry ingredients to the mixture and mix at a slow speed.
  • Lastly, add shredded carrots (and any other optional ingredients such as raisins or chopped walnuts) to batter and stir with a wooden spoon just until blended.
  • Bake at 365F for 30-40 minutes. Check that the cake is fully cooked by inserting a toothpick into the center, if the toothpick comes out clean, the cake is done.
  • Leave the cake to cool completely before adding the cream cheese frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Combine cream cheese, butter and icicng sugar in a mixing bowl using an electric mixer on low to medium speed.
  • Add the lemon juice and mix again until blended and icing appears smooth and creamy.
  • Spread the frosting using a silicone spatula on to the cooled carrot cake and enjoy!


Be sure to keep the peel on the carrots and shred just prior to mixing to retain the moisture.


Calories: 202kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 3gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 206mgPotassium: 155mgFiber: 1gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 4324IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 41mgIron: 1mg
Keyword carrot, dessert, sheet cake
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For more vegetable based dessert recipes, try this much loved easy zucchini cake recipe, pumpkin flan recipe , carrot cake cookies or this rhubarb strawberry crisp recipe.

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5 from 116 votes (110 ratings without comment)
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Brenda Stelman

Friday 7th of June 2024

What type of flour do you use? All purpose by the looks of soda and baking powder.

Jane and Sonja

Sunday 16th of June 2024

Yes, we use all purpose flour for this recipe.

LaRae Carey

Sunday 26th of May 2024

Can this be made using the same size disposable pan rather than glass pan and, if so, should the temperature be altered?


Monday 6th of May 2024

hi there is it self raising flour or plain . thank you x

Jane and Sonja

Saturday 11th of May 2024

We use plain all-purpose flour.

Lys Charbonneau

Thursday 25th of April 2024

To clarify, I use Philly brick cream cheese, the 8oz. package for the frosting. Also you can substitute some the pinapple juice from the crushed instead of the lemon juice. If you live in an area where black walnuts are available, try them in this cake. They are amazing. It gives a totally different flavour


Sunday 14th of April 2024

First ever carrot cake and man was it yummy. Loved the frosting and my husband did to.

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