This is the best carrot cake recipe I have ever tasted, and it is my mom’s recipe that my family has enjoyed for many years.
The holidays are right around the corner, and it was getting about time for another amazing dessert recipe on the blog. I thought it would be the perfect time to share my mom’s carrot cake recipe. 🙌🏻 It is the classic carrot cake recipe, made from scratch with cream cheese icing, and it is amazing!!!
Now many of y’all already know this. But if you are new, here’s the newsflash: I don’t health-i-fy desserts. Like, ever. 💁🏼♀️ I share them in their most delicious and enjoyable form, which is how they ought to be enjoyed in my humble opinion.
And for the love of all things good..why would I mess with the best carrot cake recipe I have ever tasted?!🤷🏼♀️ The people deserve this recipe.👊🏻 And you shall have it, internet friends.
Side note: See my dessert recipe archives here, if you want more desserts! But back to the best carrot cake recipe ever.
The texture and flavor of this cake is amazing! Pillowy cake meets decadent cream cheese buttercream plus crunchy chopped walnuts.😋 It is a home run, y’all!
If you are allergic to walnuts and need a substitute, chopped pecans work well too.
Also, I shred my carrots in the food processor (linked in tools section below), using the grater attachment. You can also use a box grater, but that is just a little more work. I prefer to press a button and let the machine do the work for me. 😎💪🏻
Last, just like with any cake recipe, be sure and let the cake fully cool before you attempt to ice it. Otherwise it’ll just melt and slide off the cake, making a huge mess. Have patience, and let the cake cool all the way.
I hope y’all enjoy this recipe as much as we have over the years!
Tools Used to Make the Best Carrot Cake
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- Two 9 inch cake pans
- Food processor to grate carrots.
- Mixer – I am using my trusty Kitchenaid stand mixer, but a hand mixerwould work too
- Mixing Bowl
- Liquid measuring cup
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Spatula to scrape the bowl
- Cake stand is handy for serving
- Cake caddy is convenient for transporting cake and keeping it fresh
Best Carrot Cake Recipe
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Best Carrot Cake (Mom's Recipe)
This is the best carrot cake recipe I have ever tasted, and it is my mom's recipe that my family has enjoyed for many years.
For the cake
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups oil
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 3 cups grated carrots
For the cream cheese frosting
- 1 package cream cheese, softened (8 ounce package)
- 1 stick butter, softened
- 1 pound confectioners' sugar (powdered sugar)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
For the cake
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, mix together all dry ingredients - flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and sugar; set aside.
In the bowl of your stand mixer (or other large bowl if you are using a hand mixer), beat together the eggs, oil, and vanilla.
With the mixer on low, slowly incorporate dry ingredients and shredded carrots, mixing until just combined.
Pour into 2 greased 9-inch cake pans. Bake until toothpick comes out clean, about 35 minutes.
For the cream cheese frosting
Combine the cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla, and beat with a mixer until smooth. Start out at a low speed, and gently ramp up until it looks like frosting (about a minute).
Add walnuts in last, and beat a few seconds to incorporate.
Frost the cake only after it has cooled completely.
If you are allergic to walnuts, pecans make a great substitute.
Note: This recipe originally appeared on A Pinch of Healthy March 19, 2018.
This cake was delicious at Thanksgiving this year and such a hit with my family! My carrots turned out green which I read was a reaction to the baking soda. Have you ever had this issue?
Marjorie @APinchOfHealthy says
I am glad it was tasty! I have actually never had that happen with the green carrots. I may need to read up on that to figure out how to avoid it! Thanks for letting me know though.👍🏻