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This is the BEST Carrot Cake! An incredibly moist carrot cake recipe with an ultra-creamy cream cheese frosting! 

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The Best Carrot Cake

The Best Carrot Cake

Carrot cake is a wonderfully sweet and moist spice cake. It is full of cut carrots and toasted nuts and covered in cream cheese icing. Orange flakes of cut carrot give the cake color and texture, along with sweetness and the perfect amount of moisture.

This was the cake that I was supposed to have for my birthday. If you know me, you know that I am totally addicted to carrot cake, it is my favorite cake, the more carrots, and nuts the better. Going through all of the recipes on the Internet, I made my favorite recipe from my Mom and Baby Wayne.

This was the cake that we would make for parties and birthdays.

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The Best Carrot Cake

The Best Carrot Cake

The Best Carrot Cake

Seriously…THE BEST Carrot Cake!! Hands down, no more discussion!!

The Best Carrot Cake


Best Carrot Cake

Why does carrot cake not taste like carrots?

 The more you think about carrot cake, the less it makes sense. As the name implies, it contains carrots, yet it is not “carrot-y”—their subtle flavor is overpowered by the high caramel of brown sugar, the warm embrace of cinnamon, and nutmeg and clove.

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Other Ingredients That You Can Add to Carrot Cake:

To Add Coconut, Pineapple, and Raisins To Carrot Cake or Not?

Coconut, raisins, and pineapple are popular additions and can be added to carrot cake as well.

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How Long Will This Carrot Cake Stay Fresh?

This cake will stay fresh for up to a week if covered tightly (but I bet it won’t last that long)!

The Best Carrot Cake is super easy to make! It is so simple but incredibly delicious! It is a moist carrot cake with a sweet and creamy cream cheese frosting that makes this cake amazingly delicious!

The Best Carrot Cake

What nuts are best for a Carrot Cake?

Use your favorite. I have made this cake with pecans and walnuts. You can also use hazelnuts in this recipe. I think that Pecans are the tastiest. You can’t beat a Pecan! If you like raisin or currents you could add some of those too!

The Best Carrot Cake

How to store it

The cake can keep covered unfrosted at room temperature for up to two days. If it is frosted it should be refrigerated. It will last up to four days in the fridge.

Just bring it to room temperature (for about an hour or so)  before serving.


The Best Carrot Cake

Can you Freeze Carrot Cake?

Yes, you can freeze Carrot Cake baked and frosted! It is best to refrigerate it for about 6-8 hours before freezing so the frosting firms up.

Before placing it in the freezer, be sure to wrap it well in plastic wrap then either place it in an airtight Ziploc bag or container. If you prefer to freeze the cakes before frosting that is fine too, just wrap it the same way.

The Best Carrot Cake
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Carrot Cake
Yield: 12 servings

Carrot Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

This is the BEST Carrot Cake Recipe EVER!


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
  • 4 unbeaten eggs
  • 3 cups grated carrots
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 stick butter- softened
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped pecans ( optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease tube pan or two cake pans.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, sift these ingredients. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl, cream oil, sugar, and eggs.
  4. Add dry ingredients to the egg mixture.
  5. Fold in carrots.
  6. Pour batter into tube pan or two cake pans.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes in a tube pan or 30 minutes in cake pans or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  8. Let cool for 10 minutes on cooling rack.
  9. Invert cake onto a plate, let cool completely before frosting.
  10. Cream Cheese Frosting Directions
  11. With a hand mixer or Kitchen Aid, blend butter, cream cheese, and vanilla. On low speed, add 1 cup of sugar, mix until blended, add another cup of sugar.
  12. Frost cakes.
  13. Sprinkle nuts on top of frosting.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 723Total Fat 46gSaturated Fat 12gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 31gCholesterol 101mgSodium 460mgCarbohydrates 75gFiber 2gSugar 56gProtein 7g

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This is the BEST Carrot Cake! An incredibly moist carrot cake recipe with an ultra-creamy cream cheese frosting!  via @Mooreorlesscook

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Tuesday 15th of April 2014

That looks absolutely delicious, Nettie! <3


Friday 27th of February 2015

Thank you so much! Nettie


Thursday 15th of August 2013

Can't wait to try


Thursday 15th of August 2013

This is my favorite cake, hope you get a chance to bake soon!


Saturday 15th of December 2012

Dian, I hope your cake is wonderful. Thank you for visiting Moore Or Less and for your sweet words! Nettie

Dian Coe

Wednesday 12th of December 2012

Just found your site!! My Favorite cake is also Carrot Cake!! Making it for my birthday tomorrow!! Yum!!


Wednesday 12th of December 2012

Dear Diane! So happy you found Moore Or Less Cooking. Happy Birthday, hope you love my Carrot Cake! Nettie


Monday 10th of December 2012

Thanks so much for sharing this on Manic Monday!!


Tuesday 11th of December 2012

Thank you Bobbi! Love your parties! Nettie

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