Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

I love this recipe because it bakes up beautifully in a 9 X 13 pan which is super convenient for transport if your taking it to the cottage, a pot luck or a weekend get-a-way.

If you ( like Al) prefer a double layer cake you can bake it in 2 9″ round cake pans without any alteration to ingredients or baking time. I would however recommend that you do 1 and 1/2 times the cream cheese frosting so that you will have enough to do the middle. top and sides.

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese frosting Recipe

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Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese frosting Recipe

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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  • Author: Johanne Bosse
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 9X13 cake 1x


Units Scale
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp cardamom
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 cups grated carrots
  • 1 8ounce can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 8 ounce block creamed cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 5 cups icing sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Place the sugars, oil, vanilla and eggs in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until well combined.
  3. Add the spices, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix until combined.
  4. Add the flour and mix until combined.
  5. Remove the bowl from the stand mixer and fold in the carrots, pineapple, walnuts, raisins and coconut.
  6. Pour the batter into a prepared 9 X 13 pan and bake for 45 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool completely.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Place the cream cheese, butter and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
  2. Beat until smooth, scrape down the sides.
  3. Add the icing sugar 1 cup at a time and beat until the frosting is smooth.
  4. Spread over the cooled cake.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: desserts, recipes