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The Best-Ever Carrot Cake

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20 to 24 servings
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The Best-Ever Carrot Cake is moist, rich, and topped with a tasty cream cheese frosting. We’ve tested this reader recipe, and trust us—it’s aptly named!

Imagine a moist and tender crumb studded with vibrant shreds of carrot, perfectly balanced by warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. A luscious cream cheese frosting, rich and tangy, complements the sweetness of the cake without being overpowering.

This cake celebrates fresh, seasonal ingredients, baked to perfection and enjoyed with loved ones!

Do you love the thought of hiding vegetables in your desserts? Check out our famous chocolate zucchini cake!


1-3/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 cups lightly packed shredded carrots
1 can (8 ounces) pineapple tidbits, drained
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 13x9-inch baking dish.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat sugar, oil, and vanilla until just combined. Beat in eggs one at a time on medium speed.
  3. Stir in flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and nutmeg. Add carrots, pineapple, and nuts. Stir until just combined.
  4. Pour batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 45 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
  5. Cool completely before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

8 ounces (1 package) cream cheese, softened
8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, softened
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
2-1/4 to 2-1/2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
chopped walnuts, for topping (optional)
  1. Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, butter, and orange zest until smooth. Add confectioners’ sugar, a little at a time, and beat until smooth. Adjust the amount of confectioners’ sugar depending on how sweet you like the icing to be.
  2. Frost cake and top with walnuts, if using.
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