Make Ahead

Classic Carrot Cake

November 29, 2009
0 Ratings
  • Serves alot of people 10-15 thin slices (cake is very thick)
Author Notes

I wanted to find a nice cake for my birthday so I found this cake recipe that I modified to my taste. The original recipe was very complicated and needed a lot of extra ingredients. So I fixed it up. I Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Candyland Queens

What You'll Need
  • The cake
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups of vegetable oil
  • 3 extra large eggs at room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups of all purpoes flour
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of kosher salt
  • 1 pound of grated carrots (5-6 large carrots also work)
  • The frosting
  • 1 4oz package of butter
  • 1 8oz package of Philadelphia cream cheese
  • 1 cup of confectioners sugar
  1. The cake
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter 1 pan for a thick cake! (8-inch cake round pan). Beat the sugar, oil, and eggs together in the bowl with an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until it turns light yellow. (Or just whisk together till it becomes light yellow!) In another bowl sift together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones little bit by little bit. Fold the carrots to in the mixture (fresh carrots grated by hand). Divide batter evenly into one buttered cake pans. Bake in a 350 degrees F oven for 55 to 60 min . Or until a toothpick come out clean. Allow the cakes to cool overnight. (Put a towel on top.)
  1. The frosting
  2. Mix the cream cheese and butter in a bowl with an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. (This one just comes out better with the electric mixer - don’t recommend to do this with whisk or spoon.) Wait until the 2 ingredients are fully combined. Add the sugar and mix until is smooth.
  3. Put cake on a flat plate or a cake pedestal and put icing on the sides and top.
  4. Optional: I don’t add any decorations to the cake but if you would like you could add: walnuts, raisins, or anything that you like.

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  • Nela
  • hausproud
  • SoHungry

3 Reviews

hausproud February 6, 2011
I made this for my son's birthday and it was a great success- I have made many carrot cakes, but this had the loudest applause. I also was asked twice for the recipe. I make this in two cake tins, (recipe as written) and then make 1 1/2 times the frosting to ice the layers between cakes. I also add a little salt (a pinch) and a squeeze of lemon to the cream cheese frosting to give it some more complexity.
Nela October 12, 2010
This is a great recipe. Even my finicky high school students liked it.
SoHungry November 29, 2009
I might give this a try...I've got a bunch of carrots.