Citrus-Glazed Pumpkin-Carrot Cake

citrus glazed pumpkin carrot cake
Photo: Con Poulos
Prep Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 45 mins

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.


  • ¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan

  • 5 ¼ cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for pan

  • 4 ½ teaspoons baking powder

  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda

  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt

  • 2 ¼ teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 2 ¼ teaspoons ground ginger

  • 1 ⅓ cups light-brown sugar

  • 3 large eggs

  • ½ cup buttermilk

  • 1 can (15 ounces) pure pumpkin puree

  • 1 ¾ cups finely grated carrots (about 7 medium carrots)

  • 1 ½ cups toasted walnuts, roughly chopped

  • Citrus Glaze for Pumpkin-Carrot Cake


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 14-cup angel-food cake pan. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and ginger. In another large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and brown sugar on medium-high until light and fluffy, 4 minutes. Beat in eggs, one at a time, scraping down bowl as needed. In a medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk and pumpkin puree. With mixer on low, add flour mixture to butter mixture in three additions, alternating with 2 additions pumpkin mixture. Scrape down bowl as needed. Fold in carrots and walnuts.

  2. Spread batter into pan, using a small spatula to fill any air pockets. Smooth top and firmly tap pan on a flat surface several times to remove air bubbles.

  3. Bake until a wooden skewer inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 70 to 75 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Remove cake from pan. To serve, spoon glaze over top.

Cook's Notes

You can substitute pecans or almonds for the walnuts, or leave the nuts out.

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