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The Carrot Cake 

What’s wintery cold days without a delicious and classic carrot cake 🙂 I love carrot cakes, I was the one who introduced them to my younger siblings when I first got into baking and it’s been a favourite cake since then 🙂

My family and I like moist, soft and lightly spiced carrot cakes with no additional add ins like nuts or dried fruits or things like that. We enjoy it all velvety and smooth especially with the cream cheese frosting  but I know that there are lots of people who do like chunky carrot cakes so I’ve added some notes below on how to incorporate these into the carrot cake so that we can all enjoy this cake .

I have a new found obsession with drizzling caramel sauce on my carrot cake it’s so insanely delicious, pairs so well with the flavours!

This is a super simple, no mixer required carrot cake that can be whipped up within minutes. I like to spice my carrot cakes mainly with cinnamon and something which I only recently discovered, fresh ginger. If you guys have never made carrot cakes with fresh ginger then you’re definitely missing out! The warm spice and extra zing it gives is super delicious and the aroma it gives is to die for 🙂

I absolutely love cream cheese frosting! I’ve pretty much dolloped it on everything and of course carrot cake is no exception. This frosting is so delicious and silky, creamy and light, the perfect topping for this gorgeous carrot cake.

Delicious, ultra moist and easy. A perfect version of a classic carrot cake ❤

The Carrot Cake

Makes 1 doubled layered 9 inch cake or 3 layered 8 inch cake


  • 2 1/2 cups peeled, shredded carrots (use smallest hole grater)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup (80mls) buttermilk (see notes below to make your own)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups (250gms) sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100gms) dark or light soft brown sugar
  • 1 cup (250mls) oil
  • 1/2 cup (125mls) unsweetened applesauce*
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger or 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 cups (375gms) flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon (up to 2 teaspoons if desired)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Optional: 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg or to taste, 1/8 teaspoon cloves or to taste
  • Optional: 1 cup chopped pecans, raisins, shredded coconut, dried fruits or a mix of these to equal 1 cup

Cream cheese frosting

  • 3/4 cup (150gms) butter (I use half salted half unsalted)
  • 16 oz (450gms) brick style cream cheese
  • 2 1/2 – 3 cups (300 – 375gms) icing sugar
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons sour cream or whipping cream
  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Grease and flour 2 round 9 inch cake or 3 round 8 inch tins. If you can’t find buttermilk then make your own by measuring 1/3 cup milk into a glass. Remove 1 teaspoon and replace with 1 teaspoon of white vinegar. Leave aside for about 5 – 10 minutes while you prepare the batter, it will thicken slightly.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger (if using ground ginger) and optional spices of your liking.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, vanilla, buttermilk, sugars and oil.
  4. Whisk together the carrots and fresh ginger (if not using ground ginger) and pour about half of the flour mix on top. Whisk to coat carrots with flour mix.
  5. Add remaining flour mix to liquids and whisk until just combined. Then fold in the carrots mixed with flour to the batter, whisking until just combined. Fold in pecans if desired.
  6. Divide batter between cake tins and bake for 30 to 35 minutes until baked through. Cool before frosting.

Cream cheese frosting

  1. Whisk butter and cream cheese for 4 – 5 minutes on high speed.
  2. Whisk in icing sugar 1 cup at a time. Whisk in sour cream.
  3. Add in vanilla to taste and salt if needed. Frost cooled cakes and serve.

*Unsweetened applesauce can be substituted with pineapple chunks if desired.

Be sure to check out some of my other carrot cake recipes:

Irresistible carrot cake with brown butter cream cheese frosting.

Carrot cake cinnamon rolls.

Carrot cake muffins.

14 thoughts on “The Carrot Cake 

  1. Hello Linda!

    I am dying to make this cake, it looks delicious!
    I have just moved to Amsterdam from South Africa and am struggling with the different flours!
    You say in the recipe – 3 cups flour. What flour would this be in Dutch supermarkets? Tarwebloem? Self raising flour? Tarwemeel? I am so confused!

    Thank you so much for your help!


    1. Hii Jo! Thank you for your lovely comment 😊 I’ve actually never lived properly in Holland so haven’t had to buy anything for baking but please use any flour that says all purpose flour. I’m pretty sure it’ll be written somewhere on the bags if it is all purpose or not. If you can’t find it then you can use self rising flour, just leave out the baking powder and add in only 3/4 teaspoon baking soda. Let me know what happens yeah?? 😄😃


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