Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing Recipe

Today is ‘Carrot Cake Day’.

For real. I’m not making this up.

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Since carrot cake is in the top three of my favorite desserts, I really can’t let this special day go by unnoticed.

Growing up, I loved my mom’s carrot cake. I’m pretty sure the initial attraction was the cream cheese icing. Whoever invented that should get an award or something. I mean really? Cream cheese and sugar? Genius!!!

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Since that amazing goodness came attached to a cake with carrots in it, I learned to love that too.

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Over the years, I created my own recipe. I’ve added many new ingredients and swapped out some old ingredients with slightly healthier, new ones. And on this special day, I’m sharing my new recipe version with you.

Because I like you… And I like carrot cake.

Carrot Cake
A delicious, moist carrot cake recipe with cream cheese icing.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
For the cake
  1. 2 cups Flour
  2. 2 tsp Baking Powder
  3. 1 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  4. 2 tsp Cinnamon
  5. 1 1/4 tsp ground Ginger
  6. 1/2 tsp ground Cloves
  7. 1/3 cup ground Pecans
  8. 1 1/2 cups Brown Sugar
  9. 2 cups finely grated Carrots
  10. 3 Eggs
  11. 1/2 cups Butter, softened
  12. 3/4 cups Buttermilk
  13. 1 can crushed Pineapple
For the Icing
  1. 1 cup Butter, softened
  2. 2 pkg light Cream Cheese (500g total)
  3. 5 cups Icing Sugar (powdered sugar)
  4. 3 tsp Coconut Extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, pecans, and brown sugar. Mix together well (I use a whisk).
  3. Put mixing bowl in stand mixer and turn it on. Add carrots, eggs, butter, buttermilk, and pineapple. Mix well.
  4. Pour into greased pan (I used a 9 X 11 pan).
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Cool a few minutes in the pan, then remove to cool.
For the icing
  1. While cake is cooling, mix your icing.
  2. In a stand mixer, mix together butter and cream cheese until combined well.
  3. Add in icing sugar one cup at a time making sure it is well mixed before adding your next to avoid lumps.
  4. Add in coconut extract and mix until smooth and blended.
  5. If you are decorating with more than one colour, remove the amounts of icing you need for each colour and place in a separate bowl.
  6. When the cake has cooled, frost the cake with your icing.
  1. This icing recipe makes more icing than you need. If you do not want a lot of icing and you are not planning on any extra decorations for the cake, you can cut the icing portion of the recipe in half. I always prefer to have too much than not enough as it can be stored in the freezer for a period of time.
  2. I don't like chopped nuts in regular carrot cake, so I chose to use ground pecans. It adds a nice nutty taste without the pieces.
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  • Cathy C Feb 3, 2014, 4:46 pm

    That looks amazing! I love carrot cake and the pics are killing me. Didn’t know it was National Carrot Cake Day but definitely believe it deserves its own day! Thanks for sharing!!

    • Sheri Landry Feb 3, 2014, 10:16 pm

      You are welcome Cathy. I noticed today’s Carrot Cake Day just yesterday and it was just the push I needed to get my ingredients and make it.

  • Gingermommy Feb 3, 2014, 11:26 am

    Carrot cake is my fave! Yet I have never made it lol One day. I just worry I will be even more addicted haha This looks so good

    • Sheri Landry Feb 3, 2014, 10:17 pm

      You will totally be more addicted to it Kim. It is always better homemade. Thanks.

  • Betty Feb 3, 2014, 9:59 am

    Looks delicious! I know carrot cake is one of your favorites, and when we eat a piece we always think of you. Hugs and kisses, love you….

    • Sheri Landry Feb 3, 2014, 10:17 pm

      Thanks Mom. Now I will have to make this when you guys come over.

  • Soozle Feb 3, 2014, 6:41 am

    Oh, do I love carrot cake… and I can SORT of convince myself it’s healthier as it has carrots in it ;)

    Thank you for sharing!

    • Sheri Landry Feb 3, 2014, 10:18 pm

      Funny Soozle, that is my rationing too.