Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 20m
Ready In


Original recipe yields 12 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (200.1 g)
  • Calories 680.6
  • Total Fat - 37.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 10.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 100.4 mg
  • Sodium - 357.6 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 82.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.7 g
  • Sugars - 60.9 g
  • Protein - 8 g
  • Calcium - 106.4 mg
  • Iron - 1.4 mg
  • Vitamin C - 11.1 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2

Butter or spray two - 9 x 2 inch cake pans and line the bottoms of the pans with a circle of parchment paper.

Step 3

Toast the pecans for about 8 minutes or until lightly browned and fragrant. Let cool and then chop coarsely.

Step 4

Peel and finely grate the carrots. Set aside.

Step 5

In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and ground cinnamon. Set aside.

Step 6

I a large bowl beat the eggs until frothy.

Step 7

Gradually add the sugar and beat until the batter is thick and light colored.

Step 8

Add the oil in a steady stream and then beat in the vanilla extract.

Step 9

Add the flour mixture and beat just until incorporated.

Step 10

With a large rubber spatula fold in the grated carrots and chopped nuts.

Step 11

Evenly divide the batter between the two prepared pans and bake 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Step 12

Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack. After about 5 -10 minutes invert the cakes onto the wire rack, remove the pans and parchment paper, and then cool completely before frosting

Step 13

While waiting for cake to finish cooling, beat the cream cheese and butter, on low speed, until very smooth with no lumps.

Step 14

Gradually add the sifted powdered sugar and beat, on low speed, until fully incorporated and smooth.

Step 15

Beat in the vanilla extract, and lemon zest.

Step 16

To assemble: place one cake, top side down, onto your serving plate.

Step 17

Spread with about a third of the frosting.

Step 18

Gently place the other cake, top of cake facing up, onto the frosting, and spread the rest of the frosting over the top of the cake.

Step 19

If desired, garnish with toasted nuts or toasted coconut and/or marzipan carrots.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.