Carrot Cake

I’ve never had a carrot cake better than this one. It’s a ‘heritage recipe’ & is completely from scratch. Topped with cream cheese icing – this cake is absolutely divine!

Carrots are among my least favorite foods.  I can tolerate them when they are seasoned well & slow cooked all day in a pot roast dinner – but I really don’t care for them in any other ‘dinner’ item.  But, carrot cake is a whole different story.  I love me some carrot cake!  I’d like to think that since it has carrots in it, when I slice a big hunk of this – I’m eating my veggies!  ????

Today, I’m going to show you how I make carrot cake & hopefully inspire you to make one of your own. This recipe has been passed down for 3 generations & I’ve yet to have one better. It’s completely from scratch and oh-so-good.

Here’s how you make it!

You will need to shred up a few carrots – enough to make 3 cups.

Beat together 4 eggs, 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil, 2 cups sugar, & 2 tbsp vanilla extract.

Mix in 2 cups of self rising flour & 2 tbsp ground cinnamon.

Stir in the 3 cups of shredded carrots along with 1 cup of chopped pecans.

Pour your batter into a greased, 9″x13″ cake pan.

Cook in an oven preheated to 350 degrees for 50 minutes.  Let cool for about 30 minutes to 1 hour before frosting.

When completely cooled, it’s time to frost it!  For the icing, beat together 8oz softened cream cheese, 1 stick of softened butter, 4 cups of confectioners sugar, & 1 tbsp vanilla extract until smooth & creamy.

Frost your cake generously!  There is no such thing as too much icing!! To finish off, sprinkle the top with a handful of chopped pecans.

Carrot Cake


  • For the cake:
  • 4 eggs
  • 1¼ cups vegetable oil
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups self rising flour
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups grated carrots
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • For the icing:
  • 1 stick of butter, softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Chopped pecans to garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9×13 inch pan.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together eggs, oil, white sugar and vanilla. Mix in flour and cinnamon. Stir in carrots. Fold in pecans. Pour into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool for 30 minutes to 1 hour – or until completely cooled.
  4. To Make Frosting- Mix together butter, cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar and vanilla. Beat until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Frost the cooled cake. Garnish with chopped pecans.
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