Amazing Layered Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. Super moist, soft with the perfect amount of spice!
What says Easter more than Carrot Cake? This Carrot Cake is super moist, soft with just the right amount of spice. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the start of Spring!
This cake is actually pretty easy to make. Combine your dry and wet ingredients separately. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry then fold in the carrots and nuts by hand. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 30-35 minutes. You can make either a two layer cake with 2 9-inch pans or a three layer cake with 3 8-inch cake pans. Just make sure to adjust the cooking time.
I find that the flavor of this cake develops the longer it sits. I like to make it a day or two ahead of time and frost the day of.
The cream cheese frosting is by far my favorite part of this cake. It’s creamy, rich, buttery and slightly tangy. It’s the perfect topping for this cake.
I added nuts to the carrot cake but they are optional if you are not a fan. Raisins can be added as well.
When you are making this cake I suggest you shred up the carrots in a food processor versus a grater. It saves a lot of time and is less of a mess. You can always grate them by hand if you do not have a food processor.
This Carrot Cake is the perfect dessert for Easter! Enjoy!
- 2½ cups all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup canola or vegetable oil
- ½ cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2½ cups grated carrots
- 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
Cream Cheese Frosting
- ½ cup butter (1 stick)
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease two 9-inch cake pans with cooking spray. Line the bottom of the pans with parchment rounds and spray parchment with oil then dust with flour, tapping out any excess flour.
- Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg to a large bowl.
- In another large bowl combine eggs, oil, apple sauce and both sugars.
- Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir just until combined. Try not to over mix.
- Fold in carrots and nuts by hand.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean and without any crumbs.
- Allow the cake to cool for 10 minutes in the pan and then run a butter knife around the edges of the cakes and flip the cake out onto a wire rack. Peel off parchment paper and flip the cakes again so it is the right side up. Allow to cool completely.
- Frost cake and serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Cream Cheese Frosting
- Add butter and cream cheese to a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Cream until fluffy, 2-3 minutes.
- Stir in powdered sugar and vanilla and mix until combined and clump free.
- Set aside until ready to frost the cake.
Notes*If you are using 3 8-inch cake pans cook at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes*
Adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction