The Best Carrot Cake Ever


The Best Carrot Cake Ever

The Best Carrot Cake Ever
45 Min

Not only is The Best Carrot Cake Ever super easy to throw together in minutes, but it's truly the all-time best carrot cake you'll ever have. And the cream cheese frosting is absolutely amazing!

What You'll Need

  • CAKE:
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 3 cups grated carrots (about 1 pound)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat two 8-inch round cake pans with cooking spray; lightly flour the pans.
  2. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, combine granulated sugar, oil, eggs, baking soda, flour, cinnamon, salt, coconut, carrots, and walnuts, beating 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until a smooth, thick batter forms. DO NOT OVER-MIX! Pour batter evenly into prepared cake pans.
  3. Bake 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean and the tops are golden. Let cool completely.
  4. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, make frosting by combining cream cheese and butter; mix well. Add vanilla; mix well. Gradually add confectioners' sugar, continuing to mix until well combined.
  5. Place one cake layer on a serving platter and frost top of cake. Place second layer on top of frosted layer. Frost top and sides of entire cake. Serve immediately, or cover and chill until ready to serve.


  • Did You Know? Carrot cake is considered one of the "fad foods" of the 1970's; folks just couldn't get enough of this delicious spice cake covered in a layer of cream cheese. Interestingly enough, carrot cake has been around a lot longer than the 1970's. Though it cannot be traced back to a specific date or person, it's said that carrot cake was preceded by the Medieval "carrot pudding." As the recipe for carrot pudding was passed down, generation after generation, modifications were made. According to the World Carrot Museum, one of the first appearances of the term, "carrot cake" was in a cookbook published in 1912. It wasn't until sometime in the 1960's that folks began to frost the cake with cream cheese. Today's carrot cake recipes are all very different. Some people make their carrot cake without nuts, while some people think nuts are an absolute necessity, but differ on what nuts to use (pecans, walnuts, etc.). Some folks like to add pineapple, raisins, or other dried fruit to their carrot cakes too. While there are many tasty variations, we think you will agree that our recipe is The Best Carrot Cake Ever. (Of course, feel free to make it your own, too!)

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How would you alter this recipe when adding pineapple and raisins?

I want to make Carrot Cake Muffins with frosting. Would you recommend this recipe?

The recipe says an 8" round cake pan. That is what I used and it ran out of the pan all over my oven and never did get done. Burnt around the edges also. That was a lot of work and waste, I don't have much luck making anything from this website !!!!

Hi there. We're sorry to hear that you had a bad experience. Did you use 1 or 2 8-inch pie pans? The recipe calls for two, so if you only used one, that could explain it. However, if you did use two and it still bubbled over, the recipe will definitely work in two 9-inch pie pans. We hope you'll give it another shot, because it tastes amazing!

can this be made in a 13 x 9 pan?

Hi there! Yes, you can make this in a 9- x 13-inch baking dish. You would need to bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Enjoy!

do you have a good bunt carrot cake

Hi there! Yes we do, check this recipe out.: Enjoy!

I'll let you know when I've had a chance to try it out. Sounds great.

Love your recipes very user friendly thank you

I also reduce the oil and sugar, don't always add the coconut, but always use Black Walnuts when I can get them. This cake has been a tradition in our family for the Holidays for many, many years. If you've never tried it with Black Walnuts, you really should!

This is almost the exact recipe I use given to me years ago by a co-worker. His wife made it all the time and we went batty for it---except that she put 3/4 cup crushed pineapple in it and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Over the years I have modified it for my own tastes. I find that one and one quarter cup of oil and one and one half cups of sugar works just as well. I could eat this cake every day of my life and never grow tired of it!

As we know, Carrot Cake, Butter Pound, Sweet Potato, etc. are perfect mini loaves to freeze and 'gift' this time each year. Go ahead and make it easier on yourself later by, in addition to wrapping in plastic wrap or foil, gift wrap in holiday paper and place in plastic bag to freeze. Always received well by family and friends Have a wonderful holiday season

The cake was great. I grabbed Cumin instead of Cinnamon. My bad, but the cake was great. I used 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce instead of oil. The cream cheese frosting was TOO sweet and I only used 2 cups of confectioner's sugar. I will make again, but this time as a bunt or loaf cake. No frosting

I made this cake this week and all I can say is WOW. My husband said the same words. Gave some to my daughter and she said the same words. Wouldn't add or change a thing.

Just signed up. Like what If see.

In my comment before I forgot to mention thar when I added the cup of crushed pineapple I only added slightly under one cup of oil. The juice in pineapple helped make up the difference in oil. And I cooked it for 65 minutes @350 degrees. No complaints from my family. Delicious.

OMG. . . My family loved this cake. I used a 9 x 11 cake pan and I added a cup of crushed pineapple. It was so easy to make. This was a great recipe.

How long did you bake this 9x11 cake?

How much time using a Bundt pan?

If you prefer to make this in a Bundt Pan, you would bake it at 350 degrees F. for 40 to 45 minutes. Another option is a different recipe we have called All-in-One Carrot Cake, which is prepared in a Bundt pan. You can find it here; == . Thank you for your question!

That sounds like too much oil to me (1 1/2 c). I'd replace half of it with applesauce. That would retain the moistness without being oily or "greasy" as one person said. Otherwise, this recipe sounds "Yummy"!

If you use applesauce in the recipe, make sure it is UNSWEETENED.

John has got to make this

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I beg to differ somewhat because my late mother-in-law handed down to me THE best carrot cake recipe which is similar to this one but also includes 1/2 cup of crushed pineapple. My friends call it "decadent". I love Mr. Food and felt like sharing for the first time.

This sounds like a terriic carrot cake recipe, and yet it's made from scratch! Although it has a lot of ingredients, it's still very easy to prepare because you just throw everything together into one bowl and mix it up. I'd like to know how long you'd bake it in a bundt pan, or in an angel food pan (since I don't like to frost layer cakes. Also, I have an old & very easy recipe from the 70's for carrot cake. You use a yellow cake mix, and you add eggs, oil, walnuts, spices, & Jr. Baby Carrots. I can't find Jr. Baby Carrots anymore where I live. I'd puree my own, but I don't know how many ounces of carrots the Jr. Baby Carrots contained. If anyone knows, please tell. help. I

It looked and sounded so good, and i get amost all of recipes from Mr Food, however, the result was terrible!!!!! It was extremely greasy.......can anyone tell me what may have happened? Id really appreciate it, thanks!

I cut the amount of oil and sugar it turned out great.I used 3/4cup oil and 1 1/4 agave instead of white sugar. you've got to remember coconut and carrots are very sweet and moist.It was trail and error for me too with carrot cakes back in the 80's.Good luck.

I wish I didn't have to rate it just to comment. :( I've read all the comments and I'm also not a coconut person. I see that some use raisins, some pineapple and even some nuts of various kinds, but is there yet another substitute? One cup (of the coconut) seems like an awful lot of missing mass for this cake, just to eliminate it. Caladium said below that you can change it so long as the liquid is equal, but a full cup of dry?

If you would like to leave the coconut out, add another 1/2 cup of grated carrots. This will be enough to replace the coconut. Enjoy!

I recently made this cake with my 9 year old grandson who did most of the work and we froze it and recently thawed and ate it. It is as good as any I've bought from a bakery even after freezing. This one is a keeper.

While this recipe is good, it doesn't come close to my recipe.

Well David , maybe you can share your Carrot Cake Recipe with all of us? Would be nice of YOU. Love Carrot Cake...........

prove it

I'd like to see a recipe for Carrot cake that uses baby food carrots, it would be so much easier.

Do you have a food processor? I simply peal the carrots and put them in the food processor. It works great. Back in the dark ages before they had processors I had to grate them by hand!! Needless to say, I didn't fix many carrot cakes back then. But now, I fix them frequently and have a piece in the morning with coffee. I think a carrot cake is the best spice cake ever.

I substitute unsweetened applesauce for all of the oil in the recipe. Comes out super moist and really cuts the fat! Try it, you'll like it!

This works for brownies also.

I like to substitute unsweetened applesauce for oil etc., but a little - maybe a tablespoon or 2 - gives a little better result. Carrot cake often tastes greasy to me.

I have a receipe for carrot cake that calls for baby food carrots. I haven;;t ryed it but wonder if anyone has?? a friend said its very good.

People, take a chill. Read the recipe first. 99% of the time, I try a new recipe exactly. Next time through, I make adaptations based on personal preference and likes/dislikes of my family. If a recipe has ingredients that you would never, ever try, substitute them out from the beginning or don't make it! Not that hard! Certainly not necessary to have all the drama. Incidentally, I have made this recipe "as is" and it is delicious. Very moist - very rich.


This sounds a lot like a Carrot Cake recipe I use to make except that I didn't put coconut or walnuts in it. Mine was made with 2 cups of plain flour, 2 cups of sugar, 4 eggs, 3 cups of grated carrots, 1 tsp. of vanilla, 1 1/2 cups of corn oil, 2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp of salt, 1tsp of baking powder and 2 tsp. of baking soda. The Frosting was made with 1 cup of chopped pecans, 1 box of powdered sugar, 1 8 oz. pkg. of cream cheese, 1 stick of margarine and 1 tsp. of vanilla. However since I have celiac disease I can't eat gluten and now make it with the white or yellow gluten and wheat free cake mixes prepared as package directs adding only the carrots and cinnamon. I still use my Cream Cheese based frosting recipe above and my family can't really tell the difference.

My husband loves carrot cake! I have tried several recipes and he has purchased many, but he says this is the best he's tasted!

Easy to prepare. My husband and I loved this cake. Moist and not to sweet. Baked for 40 minutes, this is a reminder for myself. A keeper.

My grandson's favorite cake is a carrot cake. He swears mine is one of the best. I always have put crushed pineapple in mine. When I make it for myself I put pineapple & rasins in mine. You soften the raisins & dust them with flour so they don't sink to the bottom. I always use applesauce for half of the oil it calls for. They joy of baking or cooking is to try new things & not be afraid to experiment. Like the lady said, don't knock it until you try it. ENJOY!

This is almost the same recipe I lost, but mine also had raisins in it. amwilson911-what is the amount of raisins? I think my recipe called for 1 cup (dusted in flour) but I am not sure. Please help. Thanks, Lesa

How much crushed pineapple do you use? I LOVE pineapple.

A cup and a half of oil? I don't think so...substitute 1/2 cup of it with crushed pineapple or apple sauce or yogurt. Yes to raisins! ..and pecans are just as delicious as walnuts. If you are concerned about changing ingredients, don't be, as long as you are not adding extra liquid, it will be fine...just test for doneness by inserting a knife to see if it comes out without wet batter stuck on it. The biggest problem with baking is not cooking it too long, but rather having the oven temperature too high and cooking it too fast. Always use an oven thermometer if you aren't certain your oven is accurate.

A mix of brown and white sugar is good too.

Sounds good but I'm not high on coconut. I also like less white sugar, some Brown sugar, raisins butter not oil and I use orange/pineapple juice for moisture. But very similiar.

Cinnamon and coconut in a carrot cake? Sounds like a spice cake. Doesn't andyone know how to make a CARROT cake???

I am in the cake business and my carrot cake is similiar to this one; including the cinnamon and coconut. I get rave reviews on my carrot cake and it is sold for $35-$45. Spice cake??? Far from it. Different people have different taste; however, don't knock it until you have tried it.

I have always put cinnamon in my carrot cake. Would love to see YOUR recipe if you feel this is not a CARROT cake!!!

Be creative if you feel like you know what you want in your cake add it if your not sure how much you the "taste test" method? If you think it needs more add more

To frbrd898 3821264 Did you try the recipe before commenting on it? Why not just share your recipe?

Very good recipe you can add raisins, drained pineapple ,coconut nuts .. whatever suits you can use applesauce for half the oil and even pineapple juice for part of the water can also use real butter for part or all the oil it is a all personal preference but this basic recipe is a very good one BUT.. carrot cake MUST have cinnamon to be a real carrot cake to give it that good deep,old fashioned flavor carrot cake although very different than spice cake or tomato soup cake (One of my favorites) also has cinnamon just like zucchini cake.. they are all delicious

Hi, I've eating & baking carrot cake for 30+ years & have never had/made one w/o cinnamon. Occ. not coconut but almost all do have it. It would be interesting to see your recipe w/o these ingredients.

Um...Spice cake also has nutmeg and cloves and ginger and mace ...usually molasses and maybe lemon zest too. And I use applesauce. I'd say having carrots in the batter make it a carrot cake.

I don't recall ever having raisins in my carrot cake--golden raisins might be good. Would leave out the coconut

where are the raisins??? I thought all carrot cakes had raisins in them ? Could I add some, and how much?? Thank-you.

Yes! 1/2 cup would be good...dust them with a little flour before stirring them in. I love this thread...people are passionate about their carrot cake!


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