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A slice of carrot cake on a white plate
Moist Carrot Cake Recipe
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr

Moist Carrot Cake recipe from scratch with vanilla cream cheese frosting, the best homemade dessert to be baked all year round, especially for Easter or Christmas. It's absolutely delicious, and the earthy spices bring so much flavour. It's so easy to make, that even a complete beginner can bake it. A family-favourite dessert, this classic carrot cake recipe is the only one you need. Do give it a try!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: English
Keyword: easter desserts
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 1122 kcal
Author: Daniela Apostol
  • 300 g plain flour
  • 250 ml sunflower oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 160 g granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp grated nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 200 g grated carrots
  • 50 g chopped walnuts
For the cream cheese icing
  • 180 g full-fat cream cheese
  • 100 g butter, soften
  • 200 g icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  1. To make the sponge, add the eggs, granulated sugar and oil to a bowl and whisk well until you get a smooth, thick consistency.

  2. Add the grated carrot, flour, spices, vanilla extract and half of the amount of chopped walnuts and mix everything well with a spatula.

  3. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C (350 Fahrenheit).

  4. Oil and flour 2 round cake tins (mine are 23 cm, 9 inches), and divide the batter between the 2 tins evenly.

  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the cakes are firm to touch and well risen with a golden brown colour.

  6. Remove from the tin and allow them to cool.

  7. Meantime, make the icing by mixing the sugar,  butter and vanilla extract together. Do not overbeat, as the icing could become runny. Add the cream cheese and mix gently.

  8. Once the sponges have cooled down, arrange one cake on a plate or cake stand, spread half of the icing over, arrange the second cake on top, and spread the remaining icing over the top and sides.

  9. Decorate with more chopped walnuts.

Recipe Notes
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Nutrition Facts
Moist Carrot Cake Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1122 Calories from Fat 666
% Daily Value*
Fat 74g114%
Saturated Fat 20g100%
Cholesterol 178mg59%
Sodium 283mg12%
Potassium 413mg12%
Carbohydrates 105g35%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 62g69%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 6546IU131%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 138mg14%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.