Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

I know I am in the minority here, so please bear with me as I confess: I do not like nuts or coconut in my baked goods. I adore carrot cake but can never order it in a restaurant because it always has one – if not both of them – in it. Now before you start booing me and throwing things at your computer, know that you can add both of these foods to this recipe, and it will be perfect for you. But for me, I always have to adapt the recipe to get my carrot cake the way I want it: nut- and coconut-free. So this is for all of the people out there who like a smooth and flavorful carrot cake.

Carrot cake screams Easter to me. Maybe it’s the whole bunny and carrot thing? Whether you do brunch or dinner, it fits in just right.  Sweet, but not heavy. Perfection.

This carrot cake recipe is adapted from Zoe Bakes, and man does she know how to do carrot cake. This carrot cake is moist and full of flavor and such a snap to mix up. No mixer needed, just the food processor to shred and chop the carrots. And the cream cheese frosting? To die for. You will find things to bake just so you can smear this frosting on them. It’s that good. I have been hoping as I age and my palate matures that I would eventually like nuts in my baked goods, but it’s a texture thing for me. Still not there. Is there anyone else out there who is with me?

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Cake
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A smooth and flavorful carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8-10
  • 1 pound finely ground carrots
  • 1¼ cups sugar
  • 1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1¼ cups canola oil
  • 4 extra large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 t vanilla
  • 2¼ cups flour
  • 1½ t baking powder
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 2 t cinnamon
  • ⅛ t cloves
  • ⅛ t nutmeg
  • ½ t salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease and line 2- 9 inch round cake pans with parchment paper.
  2. Grate carrots and then finely chop carrots in the bowl of a food processor and set aside.
  3. Whisk together sugars, oil, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl.
  4. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and spices and gently mix.
  5. Stir in grated carrots.
  6. Divide batter between cake pans and bake for 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean
  7. Cool cakes completely in pans on wire rack before frosting.
Cream Cheese Frosting
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A rich cream cheese frosting.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8-10
  • 20 oz softened cream cheese
  • 6 oz butter softened
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  1. Beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add vanilla and mix well. Add powdered sugar and mix until all sugar is incorporated. Thin with milk if necessary. This will frost a 9 inch double layer cake generously.



  1. says

    I love carrot cake and I totally agree with you about the whole nut thing. I love nuts on their own or in savory foods such as pastas, but I don’t like them in my cookies or cakes. YUCKO! I do love coconut though! Your cake looks perfect and I love how you put a nice thick layer of frosting on there as well! Have a happy weekend! xoxo, Jackie

  2. Zandra Peterson says

    I do like the nuts in my carrot cake but not coconut and pineapple. I’m dying to try this cake!

  3. Denise says

    In the cream cheese recipe it says tsp. In the cake mix are all those teaspoons as well since it’s a Lil T??

  4. Tuesday says

    Thank you for a recipe that doesn’t have coconut. I have a really bad allergy and can never order this when I’m out.

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