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Simple Carrot Cake Recipe

Simple Carrot Cake Recipe

  • Author: Maria
  • Total Time: 1 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x


Simple to make moist 2-layer carrot cake packed with flavor and finished with cream cheese frosting.



For the Carrot Cake:

  • 2 3/4 cups (390 g) bread flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups (440 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 2/3 cups (365 g) canola oil
  • 5 large (250 g) eggs
  • 3 cups (400 g) grated carrots

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 16 oz (450 g) full fat cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 stick (115 g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 5 cups (600 g) powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


  1. For the Carrot Cake.  Preheat oven to 350°F/177°C.  Butter and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.  Line with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift the bread flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer with the paddle attachment, blend the sugar and oil.  Add the eggs, one at a time, to the mixture until combined.  Add the sifted ingredients into the sugar-oil mixture and mix until combined thoroughly.  Fold in grated carrots.
  4. Divide cake batter evenly between the two prepared cake pans.  Bake in preheated ovens for 40-45 minutes or until light golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Allow cakes to cool completely in the pans set on a wire rack before frosting and assembling.
  6. For the Cream Cheese Frosting.  In a large bowl using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and butter together on medium-high speed until smooth.  Add powdered sugar and mix until completely combined and creamy.  Add vanilla extract and mix on medium speed for 30 seconds.
  7. Assemble the Cake.  Set one layer on a plate.  Evenly cover the top with frosting. Top with second layer and spread remaining frosting over the top and sides of the cake.
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Dessert