Super Moist Carrot Cake

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Treat yourself to a slice of heaven with our Super Moist Carrot Cake recipe! Perfect for any occasion, this delightful treat will satisfy your sweet cravings and leave you craving more.

Carrot Cake

Without a doubt, this is the ultimate carrot cake recipe I’ve ever created. It’s simple, made from scratch, incredibly moist, and topped with the creamiest cream cheese frosting. Plus, it’s absolutely delicious! Add chopped walnuts or pecans for an extra crunch. Enjoy a slice with a cup of tea for a delightful treat anytime!


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When I tried this carrot cake recipe, I was immediately hooked! The ingredients are basic, but they come together to make a delicious, moist cake with just the right amount of spice.

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Key Ingredients

  • Carrots: Grated carrots give the cake its flavour and moisture.
  • Flour: It’s the main ingredient that holds everything together.
  • Sugar: Both granulated and brown sugars sweeten the cake.
  • Oil: Canola or vegetable oil makes the cake moist and rich.
  • Eggs: They help bind the ingredients and give structure to the cake.
  • Baking Soda: It helps the cake rise and become fluffy.
  • Spices: Ground cinnamon adds warmth to the cake.
  • Nuts and Raisins: Chopped nuts and raisins add texture and sweetness.
  • Vanilla Extract: It enhances the overall taste of the cake.
  • Cream Cheese Frosting: Cream cheese, powdered sugar, and heavy cream make a creamy topping for the cake.


Here are some possible substitutions for the ingredients in the carrot cake recipe:

All-Purpose Flour: You can use whole wheat flour or a gluten-free flour blend for a healthier or gluten-free option.

Ground Cinnamon: You can use pumpkin pie spice or a combination of nutmeg and cloves for a different taste.

Canola or Vegetable Oil: Melted butter or melted coconut oil can be used as substitutes.

Granulated Sugar: Coconut sugar or maple syrup can be used as alternative sweeteners.

Lightly Packed Brown Sugar: You can substitute equal parts of granulated sugar or coconut sugar for brown sugar.

Vanilla Extract: You can use almond extract or maple extract for a different flavour.

Large Eggs: You can use flax eggs (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed mixed with 3 tablespoons water per egg) or mashed bananas as egg replacements for a vegan option.

Grated Peeled Carrots: Grated zucchini or grated sweet potatoes can be used as alternatives.

Coarsely Chopped Pecans: You can use chopped walnuts, almonds, or hazelnuts instead of pecans.

Raisins: You can use chopped dried apricots, dried cranberries, or chopped dates as substitutes for raisins.

For the creamy frosting:

Cream Cheese: You can use dairy-free cream cheese for a vegan option.

Powdered or Caster Sugar: You can use powdered erythritol or powdered coconut sugar as alternative sweeteners.

Heavy Whipping Cream: You can use coconut cream or almond milk for a dairy-free option.

Crème Fraîche: You can substitute sour cream or Greek yogurt for crème fraîche.

Chopped Walnuts: You can use chopped almonds, pecans, or hazelnuts instead of walnuts.

Orange Peel: You can omit the orange peel or substitute it with lemon zest for a different citrus flavour.

A slice of Carrot Cake

Expert Tips

Grate the Carrots Finely: Grate the carrots finely for a smoother texture in the cake. This ensures they blend well into the batter and distribute evenly throughout.

Use Quality Ingredients: Opt for fresh, high-quality ingredients, especially for the carrots and spices. Freshly grated carrots and good-quality spices will enhance the flavor of your cake.

Don’t Overmix the Batter: Mix the batter just until the ingredients are combined. Overmixing can result in a dense or tough cake.

Storage and leftovers

To store leftover carrot cake, wrap it tightly and refrigerate for up to 5-7 days. When ready to enjoy, let it come to room temperature or warm briefly in the microwave.

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Carrot Cake

Super Moist Carrot Cake

This from-scratch recipe features layers of moist cake infused with carrots, raisins, and pecans, topped with creamy frosting, walnuts, and orange zest. Perfect for any occasion, it's a delectable treat that's sure to impress.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Setting de cake 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dessert
Cuisine Western
Servings 12
Calories 536 kcal


  • Mixing Bowls: For mixing the batter and frosting.
  • Cake Pans: Two 9-inch round cake pans for baking the cake layers.
  • Parchment Paper: To line the cake pans and prevent sticking.
  • Grater: For grating the carrots.
  • Wire Rack: To cool the cakes after baking.
  • Electric Mixer: Optional but helpful for mixing the batter and frosting.



  • – 2 cups 250 grams all-purpose flour
  • – 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • – 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • – 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • – 1 ¼ cups 295 ml canola or other vegetable oil
  • – 1 cup 200 grams granulated sugar
  • – 1 cup 200 grams lightly packed brown sugar
  • – 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • – 4 large eggs
  • – 3 cups 300 grams grated peeled carrots (5 to 6 medium carrots)
  • – 1 cup 100 grams coarsely chopped pecans
  • – 1/2 cup 65 grams raisins


  • – 8 ounces 225 grams cream cheese, at room temperature
  • – 1 ¼ cups 150 grams powdered or caster sugar
  • – 1/3 cup 80 ml heavy whipping cream
  • – 1/3 cup 80 ml crème fraîche
  • – 1/2 cup 50 grams chopped walnuts, for topping cake
  • – Orange peel for garnish


How to Make the Batter:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C) or Gas Mark 4. Line the bottom of two 9-inch round cake pans with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and ground cinnamon. Mix until well combined.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugars until the mixture becomes pale yellow and fluffy. Add the oil and vanilla extract, and mix until fully incorporated.
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stirring until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.
  • Fold in the grated carrots, raisins, and chopped walnuts using a spatula until evenly distributed throughout the batter.
  • Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cake pans, spreading it out evenly.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean.
  • Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely before icing.

How to Make the Icing:

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the heavy whipping cream, crème fraîche, and powdered sugar until creamy and smooth.
  • Add the cream cheese to the mixture and continue to whisk until well combined and creamy.

Setting the Cake:

  • Once the cakes have cooled completely, carefully slice each cake in half horizontally to create four layers in total.
  • Spread half of the cream cheese frosting evenly over the top of one cake layer.
  • Place the second cake layer on top of the frosted layer, and repeat the process until all layers are stacked and frosted.
  • Use the remaining frosting to cover the top and sides of the cake.
  • Decorate the cake with chopped walnuts and grated orange peel for a finishing touch.
  • Enjoy your delicious and moist carrot cake!


Keyword autumn baking, carrot cake, dessert, Easter, Mother’s Day, valentine’s day


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  1. 5 stars
    This is the most mouthwatering carrot cake EVER! It turns out unbelievably moist and decadent, with the perfect level of sweetness. 10/10!

  2. 5 stars
    My most favorite of all cakes! I have always struggled with it not being moist enough – not this time though, thanks to your tips! 😊