Martha Stewart's three-tiered carrot cake is a classic recipe you'll turn to again and again. It's moist, tender, and mildly spiced with cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Speckled with shredded carrots (of course), it gets a welcomed crunch from chopped pecans—walnuts would make an equally great swap—and draped with a luscious-yet-simple 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.
Spiced Carrot Cake
Cinnamon is commonly used to spice carrot cake but we recommend using cardamom here.
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.
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 Cake with Lime Mascarpone Icing
This delicious recipe is courtesy of Jamie Oliver and can be found in his cookbook, "Cook with Jamie."
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 Mini Cupcakes
These irresistible carrot-cake mini cupcakes are simple to make and are sure to please everyone's sweet tooth.
Carrot Ginger Cupcakes
Carrot cake, a perennial favorite, gets the cupcake treatment, complete with orange-ginger frosting.