The Ultimate Carrot Cake Recipe

Indulge in the rich flavors and moist texture of this heavenly carrot cake. Packed with wholesome ingredients and topped with luscious cream cheese frosting, it’s sure to become your go-to dessert for any occasion.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups grated carrots (about 5-6 medium carrots)
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut (optional)

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans, or line them with parchment paper for easy removal.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg until well combined. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl, beat the eggs, granulated sugar, oil, applesauce, and vanilla extract until smooth and creamy.
  4. Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.
  5. Fold in the grated carrots, crushed pineapple, nuts (if using), and shredded coconut (if using) until evenly distributed throughout the batter.
  6. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cake pans, spreading it out evenly with a spatula.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  8. Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. While the cakes are cooling, prepare the cream cheese frosting. In a mixing bowl, beat together the softened cream cheese and butter until smooth and creamy.
  10. Gradually add the powdered sugar, beating well after each addition, until the frosting is smooth and spreadable. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  11. Once the cakes are completely cooled, place one layer on a serving plate or cake stand. Spread a layer of cream cheese frosting evenly over the top.
  12. Place the second cake layer on top and frost the top and sides of the cake with the remaining frosting.
  13. Optional: Decorate the cake with additional grated carrots, chopped nuts, or coconut flakes.
  14. Chill the cake in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving to allow the frosting to set.
  15. Slice and enjoy the best carrot cake ever!

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