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.
What ingredients do I need to make this carrot cake?
Here’s your cast of ingredients. You can get the exact measurements in the printable recipe at the bottom of this post.
Beat together eggs, vegetable oil, sugar, & vanilla extract.
Mix in the self rising flour & ground cinnamon.
Stir in the shredded carrots along with the 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 the softened cream cheese, softened butter, confectioners sugar, & 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.
If you like this recipe, you will love these delicious recipes!
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- 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
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9×13 inch pan.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Ooohhh! That looks really yummy!
Same here –I only like carrots in carrot juice or carrot cakes!
YUM! Do you deliver? I don’t live that far from you :-).
Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day. I’ll be reviewing quite a few homeschool products over this next school year, so you’ll see lots of new things I’m sure.
Looks yummy – not usually a fan of carrot cake but this does look good.
The carrot cake looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe.
I used a can of crushed pineapple in my 🥕 cake
I do as well Also 1 cup of raisins.
That looks heavenly! I love carrot cake.
mmmmm I LOVE carrot cake too 🙂 So happy to have found your blog. I’m having a giveaway over on my Blog if you hop along. Hugs, Catherine x
I Love carrot cake but have never made my own.
This looks wonderful. I’m definitely going to try this one
Thanks for sharing
My husband will be in heaven after I bake this – btw, I am now following you via email – Ilove your blog!
shouldn’t that be tsp…of vanilla, cinnamin etc , rather than tbsp?
No, it’s tablespoon for sure. It’s not overwhelming though. Everything blends together & works perfectly together.
My families favorite cake. I have made several times but your recipe looks really moist so I will have to try it. You have to have cream cheese frosting it really tops this cake!
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Made for Easter! Absolutely delicious!!
Do you ever add crushed pineapple to yours? I’ve had it that way and it was good also.
I add a cup of crushed pineapple and it works and makes the cake moist.
What I want to know is why does every carrot cake recipe call for so much oil? Surely there must be a way to make carrot cake without creating an oil spill. There are plenty of moist cake recipes out there using less oil, but never one for carrot cake.
Just made this cake and YUM! Found out real quick that a small piece goes a long way, it’s so dense and moist. So glad I’m signed up to receive your blog via email. 🙂
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I dislike carrot too. Although it’s lightly sweet I don’t like its flavor. But it has benefits for health. When we harvest carrot, my mother makes a carrot smoothie, the fried carrot is coated sugar. But didn’t make a cake from the carrot. I must try this recipe. Thank you!
Your recipes ALWAYS turn out for me. That’s saying something cause I’m not the greatest thing my kitchen has every seen. I have LOVED watching and reading your blog and videos! Have learned so much. Thank you for sharing.
Love carrot cake going try and make your recipe.