Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting (The BEST)!

Cream Cheese Frosted Carrot Cake
Carrot Cake Batter
After baking in the oven for 40 minutes
A thick layer of cream cheese frosting blankets the carrot cake.
Delicious side view

My family has used the same recipe for carrot cake since I was a little girl. It has shown up at many Easter dinners, and this past year it made its way to the Thanksgiving table. The original recipe calls for a whopping 1&1/4 cups of vegetable oil, so to lighten it up a bit I substituted part of the oil for applesauce. (The cake tasted as delicious as ever, and nobody could tell the difference).
I have tried several different carrot cake recipes, but I always come back to this one. It is super moist, sweet yet slightly spicy, and dotted with the perfect amount of walnuts. (Pecans can be substituted  if desired). The cream cheese frosting is divine, and each piece is generously coated with the rich creamy icing.

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting (The BEST)!
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Serves: 16
  • For the Carrot Cake:
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • dash of salt
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 cups grated carrots
  • ¾ cup walnuts
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  • For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 1 8oz. pkg. cream cheese
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 16oz. pkg. powdered sugar (4 cups)
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  1. For the Carrot Cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9"*13" cake pan.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. Add oil and mix well.
  4. Add eggs and beat well.
  5. Add carrots and walnuts, stirring well.
  6. Pour batter into prepared cake pan. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Frost while cake is still warm.
  7. For the Cream Cheese Frosting: Beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla, beating well.
  8. Spread frosting over warm cake. When cake has cooled, refrigerate.

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  1. I love carrot cake and this one looks delicious!

  2. Love carrot cake,and your cake is reminding me of my mom’s Looks so good. was thinking of making it for easter this year.  My recipe is one that my mom always made, she adds pineapple and flaked coconut.  Yummy Thanks for the reminder of carrot cake andi

  3. Love carrot cake especially with cream cheese frosting. Thanks for sharing your family recipe with us 🙂

  4. We loved having you join our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” Hope to see you next week!  -The Sisters

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