Carrot Cake

Slice of Carrot Cake
This carrot cake is moist and perfectly sweet. In addition to the obvious carrots, it contains, raisins, nuts, and ground coconut. All of those flavors balance to make something wonderful
Carrot Cake
With a whipped cream cheese frosting, this carrot cake is delicious!
Slice of Carrot Cake with bite taken out

Easy Step-By-Step Instructions for Carrot Cake

Round Cake pans
Lightly grease and flour (3) 9-inch round cake pans, and preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Carrot Cake batter
In medium bowl, sift together 2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 2 teaspoons baking soda, and 1 teaspoon salt . Set aside.
Carrot Cake
In large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups granulated sugar and 1 cup oil.
Carrot Cake batter
Add 4 eggs, and beat well.
Carrot Cake batter
Mix in 2 cups grated carrots, and . . .
making Carrot Cake batter
… then slowly stir in dry ingredients.
Carrot Cake batter
Fold in ½ cup coarsely ground coconut. ½ cup coarsely ground walnuts, and ½ cup coarsely ground raisins.
Carrot Cake batter in pans
Pour batter into prepared cake pans, and bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
Testing Carrot Cake
Cake is done when it’s golden brown and pick inserted in center comes out clean.
Carrot Cake in pan
Cool in pans for 10 minutes, then . . .
Round layers of carrot cake
. . .remove and cool completely on wire racks.
Cream cheese frosting
Make frosting as follows: In large mixing bowl, beat together 16 ounces (2 packages) cream cheese (softened at room temperature), ½ cup butter (softened at room temperature), 4½ -5 cups confectioner’s sugar, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, and 2-3 tablespoons warm milk or cream (if needed).
Frosting layers of Carrot Cake
Spread on each layer, . . .
Homemade Carrot Cake
. . . the sides and top.
Carrot Cake
Decorate with additional chopped walnuts, if desired. then refrigerate several hours before serving.
Slice of Carrot Cake
Slice, and serve.
Bite of Carrot Cake
Delicious!

Free Printable Recipe for Carrot Cake

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Servings: 12

Ingredients

Cake Ingredients:

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup coarsely ground coconut
  • ½ cup coarsely ground walnuts
  • ½ cup coarsely ground raisins

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 16 ounces 2 packages cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 4½ -5 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tablespoons warm milk or cream if needed

Instructions

Cake Directions:

  • Lightly grease and flour (3) 9-inch round cake pans, and preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • In medium bowl, sift together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.
  • In large mixing bowl, combine sugar and oil. Add eggs, and beat well. Mix in grated carrots, and then slowly stir in dry ingredients. Add ground coconut, walnuts, and raisins.
  • Pour batter into prepared cake pans, and bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until a pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Cool in pans for 10 minutes, then remove and cool completely on wire racks.

Frosting Directions:

  • In large mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese, butter, confectioner’s sugar, and vanilla. If too thick add warm milk or cream, one teaspoon at a time. Spread on each layer, top, and sides. Refrigerate several hours before serving.

Notes

May also be baked in 13 x 9 inch pan. Bake 25-30 minutes, and cut frosting recipe in half.