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Top of Carrot Cake

The Best Carrot Cake Recipe

Spicy, moist, soft and delicious, this Carrot Cake Recipe with thick cream cheese frosting will become your go-to favorite cake! 
Course Cake, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword best carrot cake recipe, carrot cake, carrot cake recipe, how to make carrot cake
Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 14 servings
Calories 541kcal
Author Lauren



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2-8 or 9-inch round cake pans with cooking spray and parchment paper and set aside.
  • Measure milk and stir in white vinegar. Stir and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, measure out all dry ingredients and whisk together to combine. Create well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the milk vinegar mixture, oil, and vanilla. Stir until just incorporated. Add in carrot and stir again. 
  • Divide evenly between baking pans and smooth the tops. Bake 20-25 minutes or until set. Remove from oven and cool until pans are just warm. Invert cakes onto cooling racks, remove parchment paper and cool completely.
  • Stack and frost cakes with cream cheese frosting and serve.


*This recipe will make 24 cupcakes (350 for 15-20 minutes), 2 8 or 9-inch round cakes {350 for 20-25 minutes} or 1-9x13 cake {350 for 25-30 minutes}.
**There are no eggs in this recipe! It's not a typo and yes, the cake will turn out just fine.
Crushed pineapple: Reduce milk and vinegar mixture by 1/2 cup and add in 1/4 cup extra flour to the batter. Drain one 8 oz. can of crushed pineapple. Stir in with the grated carrot. Bake, cool and frost as usual.
Pecans: Stir in 3/4 cup toasted and chopped pecans into the batter with the grated carrot. Bake, cool and frost as usual. Walnuts or almonds are also a good substitution.
Coconut: Stir in 1 1/2 cups sweetened, desiccated coconut into the batter with the grated carrot. Bake, cool and frost as usual.


Calories: 541kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 262mg | Potassium: 210mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 57g | Vitamin A: 5059IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 1mg