Simple to make moist 2-layer carrot cake packed with flavor and finished with cream cheese frosting.
This simple carrot cake recipe is deliciously moist and packed with flavor, the way carrot cake is meant to be. I must admit I am one of those people that does not like nuts, raisins or pineapple in my carrot cake. Instead, I love a from-scratch carrot cake that has a blend of spices and is topped with a delicious layer of homemade cream cheese frosting. And thankfully, my husband and I are on the same page! It happens to be both of our favorite cake (we were meant to be!).
With Easter around the corner, this recipe is the perfect dessert for serving to your guests. It's a delicious springtime sweet that can be festively decorated for the holiday, or any occasion. If you are hosting, it can often get hectic with all the prep work. Because this cake is so moist, it can easily be baked 2-3 days in advance. Additionally, you can prepare the cream cheese frosting up to three days in advance, and store it in the refrigerator.
Of course, the carrots are the star in this recipe. It's important to properly prep your carrots to yield the best result for this simple carrot cake recipe. Otherwise you could be left with a dry cake or a cake with chunks of carrot and no one wants that!
How to Grate Carrots for Carrot Cake
It's easy to save some time and purchase pre-shredded carrots at the supermarket. However, these carrots lack moisture. Instead, I suggest two ways of prepping your carrots. The first is to use a box grater and grate your carrots by hand. It's more of a workout but less equipment to clean. I prefer this method.
The second method, and a much quicker method, is to use a food processor or stand mixer with the grater attachment. These will each produce the ideal grated carrots for this simple carrot cake recipe.
How to Store Carrot Cake
When making the carrot cake ahead of time, bake your cake and then allow to fully cool. Wrap each layer tightly in plastic wrap, and keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Alternatively, store the tightly sealed cakes in the freezer for up to 1 month. When ready to use, thaw overnight in the refrigerator before frosting.
Cream cheese frosting should be transferred to an airtight container and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or it can be stored in the freezer for up to 1 month. To use, bring to room temperature and rewhip using a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment or a handheld mixer.
Additionally you can store the cake once it is fully assembled. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Allow to come to room temperature before serving.
Always make sure your cake has fully cooled before applying the cream cheese frosting. Because carrot cake is so moist, it can easily crumble as your frost the cake. This creates crumbs in your cream cheese frosting. To avoid this, I like to refrigerate my cake layers for about 30 minutes to an hour. Then I apply my frosting to the cake.
I hope you enjoy this simple carrot cake recipe as much as I do. Happy Spring Baking!Print