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.

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Carrot Cake

Rating: 3.5 stars 1515
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-Poppyseed Cake with Lemon Glaze

Classic carrot cake takes cues from lemon-poppy seed loaf in this elegant hybrid. It has all the warming spices of a traditional recipe, but the tiny, satisfyingly crunchy seeds replace nuts and raisins in the batter. And instead of a thick cream-cheese frosting, it's topped with delicate Meyer-lemon glaze. 

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

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.

Spiced Carrot Cake

Rating: 3.5 stars 164
Cinnamon is commonly used to spice carrot cake but we recommend using cardamom here.

Carrot Tea Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Rating: 3.5 stars 236
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 Lime Mascarpone Icing

Rating: 4 stars 40
This delicious recipe is courtesy of Jamie Oliver and can be found in his cookbook, "Cook with Jamie."

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.

Carrot-Cake Mini Cupcakes

Rating: 3.5 stars 195
These irresistible carrot-cake mini cupcakes are simple to make and are sure to please everyone's sweet tooth.

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.

Inspiration and Ideas

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Carrot Ginger Cupcakes
Rating: Unrated 55
Carrot cake, a perennial favorite, gets the cupcake treatment, complete with orange-ginger frosting.