Carrot cake piece on white plate.

Moist Carrot Cake

The best recipe for Moist Carrot Cake! Very easy to make and topped with quick vanilla cream cheese frosting and chopped nuts.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword carrot cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 9 servings
Calories 443 kcal
Author Anna


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cup shredded carrots see note
  • 4 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar sifted
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 8" square or round cake pan (or line with parchment paper). Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugars, baking powder, soda, cinnamon, ginger and cloves.
  3. In a large measuring cup, whisk oil with eggs. Add vanilla and whisk well.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir in with a wooden spoon.
  5. Add carrots and stir in well.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan, tap it against the counter to release any air bubbles.
  7. Bake for 25 to 28 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in a few places comes out clean.
  8. Cool completely before frosting.
  9. To make frosting: in a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese for 30 seconds. Add butter and beat for 2 minutes. Add powdered sugar, 1/4 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Spread frosting on cake.
  10. Chill cake until ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Moist Carrot Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 443 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 63mg21%
Sodium 103mg4%
Potassium 167mg5%
Carbohydrates 57g19%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 44g49%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 3940IU79%
Vitamin C 1.2mg1%
Calcium 53mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.