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: 3.37 stars
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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. 
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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
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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.
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Spiced Carrot Cake

Rating: 3.62 stars
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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
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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
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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
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Carrot cake, a perennial favorite, gets the cupcake treatment, complete with orange-ginger frosting.

Carrot Orange Cake

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