These are the 9 best ever carrot cake recipes in the world. Carrot cake is so good because the carrots make it moist and cream cheese frosting is just the best. I LOVE carrot cake! I think the reason I like it so much is because, in my opinion, the cream cheese frosting is to die for.
Recipe #1 on this list is my all time favorite. I got this recipe from my Mom, she got this recipe from her Sister in law who got it from her sister in law. So you can see, it is a long time family favorite recipe.
I like recipe #1 because it does not have raisins or pineapple or nuts inside of the cake. It does call for chopped walnuts on top which is great. I just don’t like all that other stuff inside my carrot cake.
But for all those of you who do like other stuff in your carrot cake I have included some Carrot Cake Recipes with pineapple, coconut or raisins.
Then I had a good time looking for Carrot Cake Recipes with different kinds of decorations and in different shapes and sizes. I thought it would be fun to use your favorite recipe and then have a lot of different ideas of how you can decorate it.
Some of the ideas for decorating a carrot cake are so easy and fun. I have always just put chopped walnuts on top of mine. I never thought of sprinkling coconut on top but I think it’s a good idea. Some of the cute little carrots and bunnies on these pictures as so cute and quite easy to do.
Be adventurous and have fun making these recipes and let me know how it goes. Which is your favorite cake recipe and which is your favorite way to decorate?
If you like these Carrot Cake Recipes, you may also like these recipes:
Carrot Cake Recipes
1. The Best Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting – Inspiring Cooks
This is my families all time favorite carrot cake recipe. I believe it was handed down to my Mom from my aunt. We’ve been making it in our family for many years. Several years ago my mom altered it and replaced half of the oil with applesauce. She also put less sugar in it and now I love it even more because it’s more healthy. I really do think it tastes better without all the oil and less sugar. Make sure you use unsweetened applesauce. If you use sweetened applesauce you’ll want to use even less sugar. I love that it doesn’t have any pineapple or raisins added to it. I think they ruin carrot cake. Sorry, I know some people like them in carrot cake but I don’t. Of course, the cream cheese frosting is my favorite part. I think it makes the cake.
2. Best Ever Carrot Cake – Del’s Cooking Twist
Flour – Baking Soda – Real Salt – Cinnamon – Eggs – Powdered Sugar – Brown Sugar – Oil – Buttermilk – Vanilla – Carrots – Pineapple – Coconut Flakes – Nuts – Cream Cheese – Butter – Heavy Cream – Pecans
I have quite a few recipes here for the same thing so if buttermilk, pineapple, coconut and heavy cream are your thing then this is the one for you. Otherwise, check out another one. Seriously, carrot cake recipes are so different and yet so similar. one or two ingredients can really make a difference.
3. Carrot Cake Squares – CulinaryGinger
A cake doesn’t have to be round and carrot cake is no exception. Actually, I’ve never made one except for a blog post that was round. My mom always just made hers in a 9X13 inch pan so that’s what I’ve always done. It’s way easier than trying to get it out of the pan and frost three sides.
In a rectangular pan you only have to frost the top. It tastes just as good, since the pieces are about the same size you just as much frosting on each piece anyway. That’s all that matters to me.
4. Carrot Cake with White Chocolate Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting – Foodtastic Mom
Oil – Sugar – Eggs – Flour – Baking Powder – Baking Soda – Cinnamon – Real Salt – Carrots – Pineapple – Coconut Flakes – Vanilla – Cream Cheese – Butter – Coconut Extract – Confectioners Sugar – Sour Cream – Marshmallow Peeps
Now this cake is definitely decorated with Easter in mind. Of course, that’s totally optional but those little bunnies are kind of cute on there. They make a fun extremely easy decoration. Have fun with it and maybe you have some ideas of your own as to how to decorate a cake for Easter that you’d like to share with us. You can do that in the comments below.
5. Healthier Carrot Cake – Celebrating Sweets
This cake is definitely a little more on the healthy side than some of the others. It’s made with whole wheat flour, honey, and coconut oil instead of all purpose flour, sugar, and vegetable oil. The applesauce also make it healthier because it’s used in place of some of the oil.
6. Layered Carrot Cake – What’s Gabby Cooking
If you want to make your cake really fancy and impress your guests then this picture might give you some ideas. Silk flowers are fun way to go. They’re pretty easy to place on there is you have a little big of talent in that area. You can use them again if you’re careful and you wash the frosting off before you store it.
7. Carrot Cake Loaf – The Gourmet Gourmand
I’ve never seen a carrot cake baked in a loaf pan but there is certainly no reason you can’t do that. It will probably take longer to bake though. If you’re a little talented at decorating cakes these cute little carrots on top are a good way to go. I don’t have the talent or patience for it but if you do, go for it.
8. Best Ever Carrot Cake – Cooking Classy
This is another cute way to decorate the cake if you think that’s necessary. It looks like a pretty easy way to do it. I mean if you aren’t making this for cake for Easter there is certainly no reason to decorate it like this. I didn’t know until a couple years ago that carrot cake was even associated with Easter.
I’m not sure why it is to begin with. I mean, rabbits eat carrots and that’s the only association I can think of. Does anyone out there know if there are other reasons? I mean rabbits don’t really have anything to do with Easter either in my opinion.
9. My Favorite Homemade Carrot Cake – Sprinkle Some Sugar
Here’s a little twist for ya. Raisins, I’m telling you right now there won’t be any raisins in my carrot cake. You know how raisins turn into soft plump juicy “things” when they are cooked in a cake?
Yuck, that just ruins them. I like them in cookies because I guess cookies aren’t as moist as cake so they’re drier. Do you like your raisins plump and juicy? Do you like raisins in cookies too?