Carrot Cake Recipes

Find the best carrot cake recipe, with or without pineapple, plus recipes for carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, and other easy carrot-y treats.

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Carrot Cake III

Rating: 4.69 stars
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I've tried many carrot cakes, and this is my favorite recipe. If you don't like pecans, feel free to leave them out.

Cream Cheese Frosting II

Rating: 4.71 stars
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This is a wonderfully creamy frosting that goes well with pumpkin bread, carrot cake, chocolate cake, on cookies, or between cookies. If you want chocolate frosting, add 1/4 to 1/2 cup cocoa, according to how rich you want it.

Carrot Cake

Rating: 4.79 stars
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Here's an old-fashioned carrot cake that's got more carrots than spice. Pecans can be substituted for walnuts.

Isaac's Carrot Cake

Rating: 4.44 stars
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A less-dense and wonderfully moist carrot cake with canned mandarin oranges rather than pineapple. A friend shared the recipe with me and I made it to celebrate the birth of my son (a birthday cake). It tastes best if you let it sit in the refrigerator overnight.

Carrot Cake with Bourbon Cheesecake Swirl

Rating: 3.83 stars
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The all-in-one carrot cake. No need to make extra cream cheese frosting, because the frosting is inside!

Moist Carrot Cake

Rating: 4.67 stars
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This cake was made and brought to me at work. It is the moistest carrot cake I have ever had. Decorate with Cream Cheese Frosting.

Sister Beth's Carrot Cake

Rating: 4.72 stars
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One of my sisters, Beth, learned how to make carrot cake in home economics class in 1978. A few years ago I asked her to write down what she remembered from the recipe. Only remembering two-thirds of the ingredients, I completed the recipe by trial and error. It was worth all the effort. Simply delicious.

Lite Carrot Cake

Rating: 4.51 stars
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An alternative to the usually high fat carrot cake. Moist and delicious.

Carrot Cake XI

Rating: 4.69 stars
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Everyone tells me this is the best carrot cake ever! Frost with your favorite Cream Cheese Frosting.

Chef John's Carrot Cake

Rating: 4.65 stars
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I finally added a video to my old and trusty recipe for carrot cake, revamped with coconut oil this time. If you want to decorate it with candied carrots, simply slice them thinly and boil for a couple minutes in a syrup made from equal parts sugar and water.

Cranberry Carrot Cake

Rating: 4.85 stars
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Moist and delicious. The cranberries are a nice change from the raisins most people use. Use your favorite cream cheese frosting to ice this cake.

Best Carrot Cake Ever

Rating: 4.74 stars
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A moist and flavorful recipe that makes a large quantity of cake. I have been hounded to make this cake time and time again.
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Carrot Cake with Pineapple Frosting
Rating: Unrated
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"Delicious! Made this in two 9" round pans…I also made extra frosting. Everyone raved over dessert tonight—this cake is a definite keeper!" – Christina
How to Make the Best Carrot Cake
A few tips and tricks to make your carrot cake really, well, take the cake!

Best Carrot Cake Ever

Rating: 4.74 stars
1820

A moist and flavorful recipe that makes a large quantity of cake. I have been hounded to make this cake time and time again.