Carrot Cake Recipes

With our easy recipes, making moist carrot cake (or cupcakes) from scratch is a breeze. So is whipping up the rich cream cheese frosting. Plus, it's a great way to sneak healthy carrots into dessert.

Staff Picks

Carrot Cake

Rating: 3.37 stars
Beneath this towering yet unpretentious appearance lies multiple layers of moist, mildly spiced cake that are flecked with carrots and pecans and enveloped by a generous coating of cream cheese frosting.

Hummingbird Carrot Cake

When you give carrot cake a hummingbird-inspired spin, it really takes a slice to new heights. To capture the essence of a classic Hummingbird Cake, we stirred shredded coconut and puréed pineapple into our batter and swapped butter for oil to get a rich crumb and featherweight texture. Then we coated the classic frosting with chopped pecans and topped it with a nest of candied carrots. 

Carrot Cake with White-Chocolate Frosting

Ruffles of white chocolate-cream cheese frosting take this carrot cake to the next level. Seen from above, it looks like a rose. Make this cake a day or two ahead for the best flavor.

Carrot Tea Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Rating: 3.7 stars
Grated carrot is the secret to the moist crumb and mellow sweetness of this loaf cake topped with thick swirls of tangy cream-cheese frosting.

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting recipe is from reader Julie Haifley of Washington, D.C. It's a classic combination that works for a number of occassions, like Easter

Candied Carrot Curls

These edible ribbons of candied carrots add a touch of whimsy to this stunning carrot layer cake. The secret to the 'spring' in their step is an everyday kitchen utensil: a wooden spoon! While the carrot strips are still warm from being candied in the oven, wrap them around the spoon handle to create perky spiralized toppers for cakes and cupcakes.

Spiced Carrot Cake

Rating: 3.62 stars
Cinnamon is commonly used to spice carrot cake but we recommend using cardamom here.

Citrus-Glazed Pumpkin-Carrot Cake

This dessert combines the texture of grated carrots and the moistness of pumpkin puree into a great cake. Feel free to substitute your favorite cream cheese frosting for the citrus glaze.

Carrot Cake with Lime Mascarpone Icing

Rating: 3.83 stars
This delicious recipe is courtesy of Jamie Oliver and can be found in his cookbook, "Cook with Jamie."

Carrot-Cake Mini Cupcakes

Rating: 3.54 stars
These irresistible carrot-cake mini cupcakes are simple to make and are sure to please everyone's sweet tooth.

Carrot Ginger Cupcakes

Rating: 3.47 stars
Carrot cake, a perennial favorite, gets the cupcake treatment, complete with orange-ginger frosting.

Carrot Orange Cake

Rating: 2.67 stars
Use this recipe to make Martha's Spring Garden Cake.

Inspiration and Ideas

20 Crave-Worthy Carrot Cake Recipes
From a classic layer cake recipe to inspired thumbprint cookies, say hello to spring with these delicious carrot cake recipes.
Bunny Carrot Cake
Carrot cake, naturally, is the foundation for our cotton-candy-tailed Easter bunny cake. Miniature marshmallows make fur that is inexpensive, easy to apply, and fun to eat, while gold licorice whiskers are a cute touch.