Best Homemade Carrot Cake

Best Homemade Carrot Cake - Look no further! Moist, tender, perfectly spiced with a whipped cream cheese frosting.

Best homemade carrot cake with whipped cream cheese frosting is to-die-for! I will never try another carrot cake recipe again. This is the one! Super moist, perfectly spiced, topped with whipped cream cheese frosting. You can’t go wrong. The whipped cream cheese frosting sends this cake over the top for me. I usually end up scraping off half the icing from a piece of cake because it’s just too sickly sweet. The cake part is what I’m after most of the time.

Best Homemade Carrot Cake

Best Homemade Carrot Cake - Look no further! Moist, tender, perfectly spiced with a whipped cream cheese frosting.

You know the basics of whipping up the cake batter, right? In one bowl, whisk the dry ingredients together. In another combine the oil, applesauce, eggs, sugar and vanilla. Slowly stir the dry into the wet until combined. Next, stir in the pecans and carrots. Divide evenly between the two cake pans and bake.

Best Homemade Carrot Cake - Look no further! Moist, tender, perfectly spiced with a whipped cream cheese frosting.

This recipe bakes nice and level. I didn’t have to slice off the top to even it out. Allow the cakes to cool completely before frosting.

Best Homemade Carrot Cake - Look no further! Moist, tender, perfectly spiced with a whipped cream cheese frosting.

To make the whipped cream cheese icing, whip the heavy cream to stiff peaks in a large chilled bowl. In another bowl soften the cream cheese with a mixer, add the sugar, salt and vanilla. Beat until smooth, creamy and the sugar has dissolved.

Best Homemade Carrot Cake - Look no further! Moist, tender, perfectly spiced with a whipped cream cheese frosting.

Frost your best homemade carrot cake with the amazing icing and enjoy a slice of pure heaven!

Best Homemade Carrot Cake - Look no further! Moist, tender, perfectly spiced with a whipped cream cheese frosting.

 

Best Homemade Carrot Cake
 
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Best homemade carrot cake with whipped cream cheese frosting is to-die-for! Super moist, perfectly spiced, topped with amazing whipped cream cheese frosting.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 eggs
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 cups lightly packed finely grated carrots**
  • ⅔ cup chopped pecans (optional)
  • Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, cold
  • ¾ cup granulated white sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups heavy whipping cream or heavy cream, cold
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 9" round cake pans with parchment paper, spray with baking spray or butter and dust with flour, set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, with an electric mixer, combine vegetable oil, applesauce, eggs, granulated sugar, and vanilla.
  4. Slowly stir in dry ingredients and mix until well blended. Stir in pecans and grated carrots. Divide mixture evenly into the 2 prepared cake pans.
  5. Bake cakes in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool 5 minutes in the pans before removing to a wire rack to cool.
  6. Allow the cakes to cool completely before frosting Flip cakes upside down when frosting.
  7. Chill a large bowl for the whipped cream.
  8. For the whipped cream cheese frosting:
  9. In a large chilled bowl, whip cream with a mixer until it forms stiff peaks.
  10. In another bowl, use a hand mixer to whip the cream cheese, sugar, salt, and vanilla until fully combined and creamy. Make sure the sugar has dissolved completely.
  11. Fold the cream cheese mixture into the whipped cream, then use mixer until it's fully combined and fluffy.
Notes
**I use the food processor to grate the carrots and then I chop them up smaller. Faster than hand grating and you don't end up with long carrot strings in the cake.

Best Homemade Carrot Cake - Look no further! Moist, tender, perfectly spiced with a whipped cream cheese frosting.

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  1. Reply

    This looks like the perfect balance of a moist cake while avoiding being dense. So many carrot cakes over index on moisture and end up being gummy and dense. I’m a classic cream cheese frosting person, but your frosting looks so light, fluffy, and perfect for Easter:)

    1. Reply

      Thank you so much, Maria! This cake IS perfectly balanced and delicious.

  2. Reply

    Carrot cake isn’t my favorite but my husband LOVES it. I had given up on making it a few years ago because I’ve never had luck with any of the recipes that I’ve tried. This cake looks beautifully delicious and the recipe seems relatively simple so I’m going to give it a try! He will be pleasantly surprised to have this special treat at our Easter gathering. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    1. Reply

      Hi, Alissa! Your husband is going to love it! My husband has requested I make it again this weekend. 😉

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