Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Twanna Robinson


I first made this cake in 1995. I've made a few changes over the years.

Unsweetened applesauce can be substituted for the oil, baking Splenda for the sugar, skim milk, and egg substitute can be used for the eggs to make a "healthier version" of the cake. I've tinkered with the frosting but don't like any substitutes in it.

I usually make in a 9x13 pan but have made into cupcakes or double layered 9 inch cake.


★★★★★ 1 vote

55 Min


Add to Grocery List


2 1/4 c
all purpose flour
1 1/2 c
2 tsp
baking soda
1/2 tsp
1/2 tsp
1 1/2 tsp
1 c
canola oil
2 c
freshly shredded carrots
1/2 c
large eggs
1 1/2 c
flaked coconut
1/2 c
chopped walnuts
1/2 c
raisins - optional


8 oz
cream cheese, room temperature
1 stick
butter, softened
1 box
10x sugar (confectioners)
2 tsp
vanilla extract (not imitation)

How to Make Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting


  • 1Preheat oven to 325F. Oil and flour pan(s). I use Baker's Joy for the convenience. Set pan(s) aside.
  • 2In a small bowl, combine coconut, walnuts, and raisins (if using). Set aside.
  • 3In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients starting with flour ending with cinnamon. Make a well in the middle of the bowl for the wet ingredients.
  • 4Add carrots, milk, oil, and eggs. With hand mixer, beat at low speed until ingredients are just blended. Beat at medium speed for two minutes. Scrap bowl frequently.
  • 5Fold in ingredients from small bowl until blended using a spatula. Pour into prepared pan(s)
  • 6Bake at 325F for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (this time is for a 9x13 pan, less time for round cake and cupcakes). Cool 20 minutes in pan then can flip onto cake plate to finish cooling. Cool the cake completely before frosting.
  • 7For Frosting - mix cream cheese, butter and vanilla in large bowl. Beat with electric mixer at medium speed until well blended and fluffy.
  • 8Pour 1/2 box of 10X sugar into cream cheese mixture. Blend until well blended and creamy. Add other half of box. Again, blend until well blended and creamy.
  • 9Frost cooled cake.
  • 10Sometimes I sprinkle some chopped walnuts on top of the cake for decoration.

Printable Recipe Card

About Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: American

Show 3 Comments & Reviews

17 Easy Bundt Pan Recipes

17 Easy Bundt Pan Recipes

Kitchen Crew@JustaPinch

From breakfast to dinner to dessert, there’s a delicious bundt pan recipe for you! We promise, there’s nothing bundt yummy recipes for you below. Great Grandma's Best Banana Bread “One...

14 Best Chocolate Cupcake Recipes

14 Best Chocolate Cupcake Recipes

Kitchen Crew@JustaPinch

Mmm, there’s just something magical about a tasty chocolate cupcake that just makes our mouths water. We searched high and low on Pinterest for some seriously awesome chocolate cupcake recipes...

Flavorful Blueberry Recipes To Brighten Your Day

Flavorful Blueberry Recipes to Brighten Your Day

Kitchen Crew

The markets are bursting with blueberries these days! That makes me very happy because not only are they yummy, they're super healthy. Packed with antioxidants, research shows blueberries can help...