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
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

Rating: 3.5 stars 164
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 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 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."

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-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

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

Carrot Ginger Cupcakes

Rating: 3.5 stars 55
Carrot cake, a perennial favorite, gets the cupcake treatment, complete with orange-ginger frosting.

Inspiration and Ideas

Carrot Cake for Lollipop Garden Cake
Rating: Unrated 35
A perfect way to herald the coming of spring or celebrate meaningful moments, this carrot cake is moist and full of crunchy nuts, sweet carrots, and chewy golden raisins. Use this recipe to make the Lollipop Garden Cake.
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.