Carrot Cake Recipes

Carrot cake is moist, tender, and bursting with sweet and spicy flavors. Here we offer our favorite classic carrot cake recipe, plus 13 ways to put a fresh spin on the popular dessert.

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Best Loved Carrot Cake

    This classic carrot cake recipe sports a luscious cream cheese frosting that's hard to resist. A sprinkling of toasted pecans around the edge of the cake makes a simple but sweet garnish.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Cool  2 hrs 
Bake   35 mins  350°F 
Harvest Carrot Cake with Skillet Fruit

    This autumn-inspired cake contains both shredded carrot and canned pumpkin, making it especially moist and delicious. Topped with a méelange of sautéeed fruit, it's sure to hit the spot.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Bake   30 mins  to  35 mins  350°F 
Cool   15 mins 
Ginger Carrot Cake

    The additions of freshly grated ginger and orange juice create a tasty new spin on carrot cake. A double- cream cheese frosting adds a sweet and tangy decadence.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep  1 hr 
Cool   10 mins 
Bake   30 mins  350°F 
Easy Orange-Carrot Cake

    Walnuts give this cake from chef Jamie Oliver a hint of nutty flavor as well as a pleasant crunch. A frosting made with sour cream and oranges adds a tangy twist.

Makes: 16 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   50 mins  350° 
Cool   10 mins 
Carrot Cake Bars

    Whip up these tender bars when you are serving a crowd. Because the recipe takes advantage of boxed cake mix, they are especially quick to make.

Serving size: 32 bars
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   20 mins  350°F 
Carrot Cake with Honey-Orange Frosting

    This stacked cake, filled with a honey-sweetened cream cheese frosting, is simply but beautifully garnished with easy-to-make sugared orange slices.

Makes: 10 servings
Prep   55 mins 
Bake   25 mins  350°F 
Cool   10 mins 
Carrot-Pineapple Upside- Down Cake

    Fresh pineapple slices are baked right in to this sweet, nutmeg-spiced cake.

Makes: 9 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Cool   35 mins 
Bake   45 mins  350°F 
Carrot Cake Cupcakes

    Sauteed carrots glazed in maple syrup provide a sensational garnish on these walnut- and raisin-flecked cupcakes from chef Ina Garten.

Makes: 22 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Bake   10 mins  400°F 
Bake   35 mins  350°F 
Easy Carrot Cake

    Made with flax seed and filled with spiced honey yogurt, this yummy dessert is a more healthful take on carrot cake.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Bake   30 mins  350°F 
Cool   30 mins 
Carrot Cheesecake

    This irresistible cake combines two favorites -- cheesecake and carrot cake. Toasted walnuts and a drizzle of powdered- sugar icing finish it off.

Makes: 16 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Cool   45 mins 
Bake  1 hr 30 mins  to 8 hrs  325°F 
Pineapple-Carrot Cupcakes

    Filled with a scrumptious pineapple- and- cream cheese mixture, these delightful cupcakes offer a sweet surprise inside.

Makes: 24 servings
Serving size: 24 (2-1/2 inch) cupcakes
Prep   35 mins 
Stand   30 mins 
Bake   15 mins  to  18 mins  350°F 
Carrot and Zucchini Bars

    Topped with a mouthwatering citrus-cream cheese frosting, these moist bars hide lots of good-for-you carrots, zucchini, raisins, and walnuts.

Makes: 36 servings
Serving size: 36 bars
Prep   20 mins 
Bake   25 mins  350°F 
Carrot Snack Cake

    A simple sifting of powdered sugar is all it takes to dress up this delicious spiced snack cake. Sift the sugar over a snowflake stencil to add a festive look.

Celebration Cake

    A mixture of shredded apples and carrots makes this cake delightfully tender. Frosted with fluffy brown sugar whipped cream, it's hard to have just one slice.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Bake   30 mins  350°F 
Stand   10 mins 

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