Best Ever Carrot Cake


Are you looking for the perfect cake?  Literally perfect.  Without flaws.  Amazing.  Tender.  Moist.  Heavenly.  Flavorful.  Sweet.  Fluffy and dense all at once.  Healthy(ish =).  Wowing.  Decadent.  Stunning.  Pleases young and old alike.  Then here it is!  I love this cake!  And I can brag it up like that because it’s not my recipe, if it were my own then it would be a bit tacky to brag so much.  I’ve been making this cake for years and have no desire to find a new carrot cake recipe, ever.  This carrot cake turns carrot cake haters into carrot cake lovers.  Believe it or not I didn’t used to like carrot cake and now because of this cake, it is my favorite!  You have to try this cake.  Thank you for another incredible recipe!

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Best Ever Carrot Cake

4.41 from 5 votes

Yield: 12 Servings


  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 2 cups (13.8 oz) granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (10 oz) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda*
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 3 cups (12.3 oz) lightly packed finely grated carrots**
  • 1 recipe Cream Cheese Frosting , recipe follows
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup salted butter , softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 9" round cake pans with aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on two side. Grease foil and dust with flour, set aside. (This cake can also be made in a 9x13 dish just increase baking time to 40 - 50 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, I have even halved the recipe and baked it in and 8x8 dish).
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. In a large mixing bowl, with an electric mixer, combine vegetable oil, applesauce, eggs, granulated sugar and vanilla. Slowly stir in dry ingredients and mix until well blended. Stir in grated carrots. Divide mixture evenly into 2 prepared cake pans. Bake cakes in preheat oven for 35-39 minutes until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool 5 minutes in cake dishes before removing to a wire rack to cool. Lift cakes out of pan with foil overhang and allow to cool on wire rack completely before frosting (once cool I cut about 1/4" off the tops to even them out before frosting, you'll notice the centers don't rise as high as the rest). Flip cakes upside down when frosting with Cream Cheese Frosting. Sprinkle with chopped pecans. Store cake in airtight container.
  3. *Recipe originally 2 tsp baking soda, I made it again today (4/5/15) and reduced to 1 tsp and it came out more level.
  4. **Grate carrots on small grate of a grater. This is usually 6-7 medium carrots.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, whip together cream cheese, butter and vanilla until fluffy. Stir in powdered sugar and mix until well combine.
  2. Recipe adapted slightly from
Nutrition Facts
Best Ever Carrot Cake
Amount Per Serving (12 g)
Calories 0
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • Diana: Its good but it came out too oily. I would reduce to 1/2 cup or even 1/4 cup of oil. The taste is good! June 24, 2018 at 11:26am Reply

  • Kimberly Wisser: Made this for Easter. My family RAVED about it! Seriously they went on and on. I was so proud! Thank you. April 3, 2018 at 10:37am Reply

  • Jenny: This is my go-to carrot cake recipe now. My family asks for it! I changed one thing—organic coconut oil! Mmmmmm! Moist and flavorful. Some might argue better for you than vegetable oil! Trying to get this recipe closer to all “real, unrefined, unprocessed” foods.
    Would like to experiment with whole wheat, almond, or coconut flour next!
    Has anyone tried this? January 20, 2018 at 9:07am Reply

  • Suga: I tried this recipe yesterday and It turned out amazing! It was my first tome making carrot cake so I was worried 3 cups of carrots would be too much but it was perfect. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us :) January 17, 2018 at 4:40am Reply

    • Jaclyn: It’s one of my favorites! :) January 23, 2018 at 1:50pm Reply

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