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 17 ways to put a fresh spin on the popular dessert.


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    • Best-Ever Carrot Cake

      We like our carrot cake a little fruity! That's why we've added a spoonful of zesty lemon peel to the batter and a delectable dose of juicy sliced pineapple for the totally sweet topper.

    • Carrot Cake Bars

      This tasty recipe turns ordinary carrot cake into easy and elegant bars. Try our confetti or date-whole wheat variations to spice up your dessert tray.

    • Carrot Bread with Cream Cheese Icing

      Rise and shine to a slice of this deliciously moist carrot bread. The luscious cream cheese icing adds a special sweetness, while homemade candied carrots create a pretty orange garnish.

    • Carrot Cake Cupcakes

      Cute and carrot-filled, these soft cupcakes make pretty party treats. Top them with a sweet swirl of homemade cream cheese frosting just before serving.

    • Carrot-Raisin Bars

      Turn a box of cake mix into scrumptiously soft carrot treats using just a few ingredients you most likely have in your pantry. We've tossed in a handful of golden raisins, a dash or two of ginger, and a few toasty pecans to top them off.

    • How to Make Carrot Cake

      We'll demo our favorite shredding technique for moist, best-yet carrot cake.

    • 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.

    • 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 melange of sauteed fruit, it's sure to hit the spot.

    • 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 sweet and tangy decadence.

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      Easy Orange-Carrot Cake

      Walnuts give this carrot 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.

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      Carrot Cake Bars

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

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      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.

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      Carrot-Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

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

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      Easy Carrot Cake

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

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      Carrot Cheesecake

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

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      Pineapple-Carrot Cupcakes

      These delightful carrot cupcakes offer a sweet surprise inside -- a scrumptious pineapple-and-cream cheese filling.

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      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.

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      Celebration Carrot Cake

      A mixture of shredded apples and carrots makes this cake delightfully tender. Frosted with fluffy brown sugar whipped cream, it's a definite crowd-pleaser.

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      Orange-Carrot Cake with Chocolate Ganache

      A burst of citrus brightens up this orange-infused carrot cake, while soft flakes of coconut give it an island-style twist. Spread soft cream cheese between layers of moist cake, then cover the top with a rich coating of silky-smooth chocolate.

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