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Better Homes and Gardens Carrot Cake

This is my favorite recipe for homemade carrot cake! This cake is so easy to make, perfectly moist, and topped with an easy homemade cream cheese frosting.

I feel like carrot cake is a dessert most people tend to only make around Easter. But honestly, carrot cake is such an incredible dessert and I think it should be enjoyed all year long. Especially when it comes to this carrot cake recipe.

I know it can be a bold statement to call a recipe the best, but I truly mean it with this one. Not only is this carrot cake easy to make, but it’s so incredibly moist and full of flavor that it’s almost impossible to stop at one piece. Once you realize how easy it is to make a carrot cake from scratch, you’ll want to make it over and over again.

To make this carrot cake, you’ll start by mixing up your dry ingredients. One important thing when measuring out your dry ingredients is to make sure to spoon and level your flour. You want to avoid packing the flour into the measuring cup, otherwise you’ll end up with too much in your recipe. Or if you have a food scale, you can also weigh your ingredients to get an accurate measurement.

I also really love some spice in my carrot cake so I use some ground cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. All three spices add such a wonderful flavor to this cake, but aren’t too overpowering. They really take this cake from good to absolutely amazing, trust me.

For the wet ingredients you’ll be using some oil, eggs, vanilla, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and applesauce. The amount of oil and applesauce in this recipe adds the perfect amount of moisture, so you end up with a moist cake that isn’t oily.

As always, I use a bit more brown sugar than granulated sugar because it adds more moisture and flavor to this carrot cake. And of course, you’ll also be mixing in some grated carrots. I don’t like to skimp on the carrots when it come to this recipe, so I use 3 cups of grated carrots.

I know some carrot cake recipes call for raisins or nuts, but I prefer to leave them out because I know that not everyone is a fan of them. However, if you love either one (or both!) feel free to mix some into the batter.

Then it’s all topped off with my favorite cream cheese frosting. Have you tried it yet?! It’s so good and a few of you have already made it and loved it. The store-bought frosting doesn’t even compare to this homemade frosting recipe.

And speaking of the frosting, it makes enough to frost the carrot cake like you see in the pictures. If you really love frosting, then I suggest making a bit more. Enjoy!

The BEST Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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This is my favorite recipe for homemade carrot cake! This cake is so easy to make, perfectly moist, and topped with an easy homemade cream cheese frosting.


For the carrot cake:

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 and ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup (180ml) canola or vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 and ½ cups (300 grams) light brown sugar
  • ½ (100 grams) cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (125 grams) unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups (300 grams) grated carrots, lightly packed

For the cream cheese frosting:

  • 1 (8-ounce) package brick style cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • ½ cup (115 grams) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 cups (240 grams) powdered sugar