Best Ever Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing Recipe

Jessica Published April 7, 2020

Every time we make this cake it becomes someone’s favorite. It is so moist and flavorful that you won’t be able to stop yourself. Since this recipe makes two 9×13 cakes, I usually stack them on top of each other for a layered cake effect.

Variation: This makes the best muffins. It makes 20-25 muffins. Cook for 15 min., then check for doneness. Add time in 5 min. increments, if needed.

How To Make Best Ever Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

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Satisfy your cravings for a truly delicious and moist carrot cake with cream cheese icing.
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For Cake:

  • 5 eggs room temp
  • 3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk, (or 1 C. plain low-fat yogurt)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 3 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 cup carrots shredded
  • 20 oz can crushed pineapple drained
  • 1 1/2 cup sweetened coconut
  • 1 cup nuts optional

For Cream Cheese Icing:

  • 8 oz. cream cheese room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter room temperature
  • 4 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts optional


To Make Cake

  • Preheat oven to 325º. Mix together eggs, sugar, oil, buttermilk and vanilla until well mixed. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. 
  • Stir the dry ingredients into wet mixture, half at a time. Add carrots, pineapple, coconut, and nuts. (I usually omit the nuts, since I don’t care for nuts in things) Mix well. 
  • Pour 8 cups of mixture into 9x13 pan or 10" round pan. Bake in preheated oven for 55-60 mins, or until done. Cool on wire rack.

To Make Cream Cheese Icing

  • Beat cream cheese and butter untill fluffy. 
  • Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until smooth; stir in vanilla. 
  • Spread over cooled cake; sprinkle with nuts, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 294kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 260mg | Potassium: 146mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 2841IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg

Commonly Asked Questions

What is a good substitute for buttermilk?

When substituting buttermilk, you can either use plain yogurt as suggested of go for Greek yogurt which will give you a creamier, richer texture. Alternatively, you can make your own buttermilk by adding a tablespoon of white vinegar to a cup of full cream milk. Allow the mixture to stand for five minutes before adding it into your recipe.


Carrot cakes tend to have a bad reputation. However, if made right, they turn out delicious and moist. The cream cheese frosting making a good slice of carrot cake almost irresistible. Remember to grate your carrots as fine as you can, this is the trick to a smooth batter and the perfect slice.



A food blogger with a strong passion for all thing delicious. Being able to take a simple ingredient and transform it into something complex and delectable brings me joy. It is my mission to show you how to do the same with the simple ingredients that you have on hand. Learn how to make restaurant-worthy meals, on a budget, and right at home!

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