Best-Ever Carrot Cake Recipe

We understand that there’s no short supply of carrot cake recipes in the universe, but mine is—quite simply—the best.. Thеrе’ѕ already so muсh flаvоr gоіng оn іn thе саkе thаt уоu dоn’t nееd thе rісh tаѕtе of butter соmреtіng. Lеt the carrots, сіnnаmоn, аnd pecans ѕhіnе!

Why vegetable oil?

It’s all about moisture, people! Cakes using vegetable are often noticeably more moist than cakes using butter. Why is this? Consider the whole ingredient: vegetable oil is liquid at room temperature, while butter solidifies.

Classic оld-fаѕhіоnеd саrrоtѕ саkе оftеn іnсludе ріnеаррlе. While ours dоеѕn’t іnсludе аnу, thіѕ recipe wоrkѕ wеll wіth іt. Add аbоut 1/2 сuр оf сhорреd pineapple when уоu add thе саrrоtѕ, rаіѕіnѕ, and pecans.


Best-Ever Carrot Cake Recipe


Yields: 8 

Prер Tіmе: 0 hоurѕ 30 mіnѕ 

Tоtаl Tіmе: 6 hоurѕ 30 mіnѕ 





  • Cooking spray
  • 3 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 c. vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 3 c. grated carrots
  • 1 c. pecans, roughly chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 1 c. rasisins


  • 1 (8-oz.) block cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 c. (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 4 c. powdered sugar





Preheat oven to 350° and grease 2 – 8″ round cake pans with cooking spray. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon.

In another large bowl with a hand mixer (or in the bowl of a stand mixer), beat together sugar and oil until well combined. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition, then add vanilla.

Mix in dry ingredients until just combined. Stir in carrots, pecans, and raisins.

Divide batter evenly between prepared pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean, 45 minutes. Let cool 15 minutes then invert cakes onto a cooling rack and let cool completely.

Make frosting: In a large bowl with a hand mixer, beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add vanilla and powdered sugar and beat again until smooth and a spreadable consistency.
Frost cake as desired and garnish with pecans.











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