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Carrot Cake

This homemade Carrot Cake recipe is begging to be on your baking to-do list! It's made with airy, light, fluffy cake topped with everyone's favorite silky cream cheese icing and sprinkled with crunchy walnuts.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake recipes, carrot cake
Servings: 12
Calories: 591kcal
Author: Joanna Cismaru

Ingredients

Carrot Cake

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon ground
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 cups carrots shredded
  • 3/4 cup walnuts chopped

Cream Cheese Icing

  • 12 oz cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups confectioners sugar same as powdered sugar or icing sugar

Topping

  • 1/2 cup walnuts finely chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Spray a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray. 
  • In a large bowl whisk together the flour, salt, cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda.
  • In another bowl add the sugar, eggs and vegetable oil. Whisk until it all comes together. Alternatively you could use your mixer.
  • Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and whisk everything until well combined.
  • Add the carrots and walnuts. Using a spatula mix everything together until the carrots and walnuts are well incorporated into the batter. 
  • Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish.
  • Bake for 45 minutes to an hour or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let the cake cool completely before frosting it.
  • While the cake is cooling, make the cream cheese frosting. In the bowl of your mixer, beat the cream cheese together with the butter, then add the vanilla extract and confectioners sugar, and continue beating until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Spread icing over cake. Sprinkle with walnuts.
  • Cut into squares. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Notes

Allow your cake to cool fully before storing it. Keep the cake in a large airtight container in the fridge up to 4 days
You can freeze carrot cake slices in airtight containers for several months. Wrapping carrot cake slices individually allows you to thaw slices one at a time, as needed.

Nutrition

Serving: 1square | Calories: 591kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 515mg | Potassium: 254mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 57g | Vitamin A: 6065IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 1.9mg