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Moist Carrot Cake piece on white plate.

The Best Moist Carrot Cake

The only carrot cake recipe you need! Super easy carrot cake with luscious cream cheese frosting! 

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

Ingredients

  • 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
US Customary - Metric

Instructions

  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
The Best Moist Carrot Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 443 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 34%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 63mg 21%
Sodium 103mg 4%
Potassium 167mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 57g 19%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 44g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 78.8%
Vitamin C 1.5%
Calcium 5.3%
Iron 5.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.