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Carrot Cake – Recipe

carrot-cake-3Everyone has their favorite cake for special occasions.  One of my son’s favorite cakes is a carrot cake,  so I always make it for his birthday.

This recipe offers cream cheese frosting, which I normally use, but also a cream cheese glaze, for those who are not so fond of frosting.

Carrot Cake – Recipe

Carrot Cake – Recipe


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 3 cups carrots, peeled and shredded (about 10 carrots)
  • 4 eggs
  • Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients:
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 4 Tbs. butter, softened
  • 2 Tbs. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup confectioner sugar
  • Glaze instead of frosting
  • 3 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 2/3 cup confectioner sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour 2 cake pans.
  3. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg, thoroughly in mixer bowl.
  4. Add oil, carrots, and eggs.
  5. Beat 3 minutes at medium speed.
  6. Pour batter into pans.
  7. Bake 1 hr.
  8. Cool 10 minutes on a cake rack.
  9. Remove from pan, and cool completely.
  10. Spread frosting on top of the first cake, cover with the second cake (bottom part up).
  11. Frost the top and sided of the cake.
  12. Glaze
  13. Mix all ingredients, and drizzle over the top of the cake, so that it drips down the sides. Glaze is used instead of frosting, not in addition to frosting.
  14. Refrigerate for  one hour before serving.


I saved 3 Tbs. of frosting for decorations, and mixed 2 Tbs. with red and yellow food coloring to make orange frosting for the carrots. Also, 1 Tbs. of frosting mixed with green food coloring, for carrot tops.  I used a cake decorating bag,and plain tip, to form the carrots and tops.

If you like a lot of frosting (especially for the middle layer), you need to double the above recipe.


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