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Carrot Tea Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting


Grated carrot is the secret to the moist crumb and mellow sweetness of this loaf cake topped with thick swirls of tangy frosting.

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  • Servings: 8

Source: Everyday Food, March 2009


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for pan
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup packed grated carrots (from about 2 carrots)
  • 1 bar (8 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 5-by-9-inch (6-cup) loaf pan. In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

  2. Using an electric mixer, beat butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy; beat in eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat in carrots. With mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture; beat just until combined. Transfer batter to prepared pan; bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool in pan 5 minutes. Turn cake out onto a wire rack, and let cool completely.

  3. Make frosting: Using mixer, beat cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla until fluffy. Frost top of cooled cake.

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  • BLeighWilk
    28 MAY, 2017
    My family will love this❣️ Now to locate your German Chocolate Cake with Coconut Pecan Icing
  • MS11344570
    11 MAY, 2015
    I am usually a fan of carrot cakes but this recipe was not one of the best. I made the cake but left out the frosting. The cake was not sweet enough and it tasted like something was still missing. I think it needs more sugar. Concerning the texture and moistiness of the cake, it was perfect !
  • MS11773001
    20 MAR, 2014
    Here in Mexico the eggs are gigantic and full of flavor unlike in the States. They add a richness to bake goods like no other. So I followed the recipe but for one minor detail. I didn't have cinnamon so I put in garam masala… Voila! Great cake! Going to make this one many times over.
  • robin1250
    27 JAN, 2014
    Made this for the first time yesterday. I followed the recipe exactly but added 1/2 cup of chopped pecans. The batter was perfectly moist (I can't imagine why people had problems with it) and the cake is delicious. It's so good, in fact, that I skipped the frosting and served it with whipped cream cheese. I'll definitely make this again.
  • robertadc
    5 JUN, 2013
    I've made this cake twice -- both times I've used a total of three eggs and 1.5-2 times the amount of carrots called for in the original recipe. Also added a splash of milk or yogurt to make the batter smoother. Comes out delicious and moist every time!
  • Virginiaaa
    15 OCT, 2012
    Batter turned out WAY too dry. I added these to the existing recipe...1 cup carrot, 1 egg, 1/4 cup white granulated sugar and 1/4 cup milk. It turned out excellent. Will definitely make this again (my way :))
  • blazerrose
    2 MAR, 2012
    While some have thought this was dry if made as listed, I didn't have that problem. For some added sweetness, I added about a half a cup of golden raisins. To punch up the spice level just a bit, I added an 1/8 tsp of cloves (a secret my mom taught me - you don't notice the cloves, but the cinnamon becomes cinnamonyer).
  • amiefifilapin
    6 DEC, 2011
    I found the cake moist enough, but it was definitely not SWEET ENOUGH! I like to eat my cakes without frostings or anything, but for this recipe, a delicious frosting may be mandatory. Otherwise, light and good for getting rid of those last few carrots. Pretty good.
  • Turcotten
    19 SEP, 2011
    I added an extra egg as suggested as I was using medium sized ones and another cup of packed carrots and it was delicious. We didn't find it dry and the frosting complemented it perfectly.
  • s_lippencott1
    13 DEC, 2010
    I have to agree that this recipe once mixed is quite dry. So, I remedied with an extra egg, a little milk, just enough to have the right texture for a loaf bread batter. Then I added a half cup chopped pecans, one cup dried cranberries, and fourth cup chopped dates. Well, my family and I thought it was perfect, very fluffy, moist, and a bit like cake but delicious!