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Easy Carrot Cake

Easy Carrot Cake is a really simple cake to make from scratch. It’s moist and flavorful with fresh shredded carrots, crushed pineapple and lots of pecans. Topped off with a simple cream cheese icing. Easy enough for anytime of the year and delicious enough for holiday gatherings.

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Easy Carrot Cake slice with cream cheese icing and pecans

Even though I have a major sweet tooth, I am not a fancy baker. I love easy desserts that I don’t spend hours baking and decorating but are still are going to taste delicious.

If it’s a layer cake, I’m pretty much out on baking it. Desserts have to be simple like this Lemon Pound Cake or this Strawberry Slab Pie , which is so easy with no pie dough to roll out. I like to bake delicious desserts with very little effort and that’s what I love about this carrot cake.

Ingredients for carrot cake

How to Make an Easy Carrot Cake

I used the mixer but you could totally just stir this cake up by hand.

steps to make carrot cake

  • Mix flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon together in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add eggs, vegetable oil, shredded carrots, crushed pineapple (drained) and vanilla. Fold in pecans.
  • Pour into a well greased 9 x 13 – inch baking pan.

Baked Carrot Cake

  • Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Cool cake completely on a wire rack.

making cream cheese icing

  • Make the icing by beating cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add powdered sugar and beat until creamy. Mix in vanilla extract.

Icing Carrot Cake

  • Spread over cooled cake.

Cream Cheese frosted carrot cake topped with toasted pecans

  • Sprinkle with chopped pecans if desired.
  • Refrigerate overnight before serving.

Tips for making carrot cake

  • Use freshly shredded carrots, not the pre-shredded from the grocery store or you will lose the moisture from the carrots and your cake might be dry.
  • Drain the pineapple well.
  • Use room temperature eggs.
  • Toast the pecans before baking.
  • Make this cake a day in advance to allow it to completely chill before serving for the best flavor.

Recipe Variations

  • Use walnuts in place of pecans or omit the nuts if you prefer.
  • Add 1 teaspoon ground ginger and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg for more spice cake flavor.
  • Mix in 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut.
  • Bake in a bundt pan or two 9 -inch round pans, adjust cooking time accordingly.

Store carrot cake in refrigerator, covered for up to 4 days.

This cake makes a great addition to your Easter desserts table and is also great for summer cookouts and barbecues. Chilled cake makes a great summer dessert, especially with cream cheese icing.

We also love this old fashioned Oatmeal Cake with broiled icing for an easy homemade dessert.

Easy Cake Recipes

Easy Cake Recipes for any day of the week. These delicious desserts are simple to make without a lot of fuss or time for decorating.

carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and pecans

Add this easy carrot cake dessert to your baking list, it really couldn’t be any easier!

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Yield: 16 servings

Easy Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

Easy Carrot Cake is a really simple cake to make from scratch. It's moist and flavorful with fresh shredded carrots, crushed pineapple and lots of pecans. Topped off with a simple cream cheese icing. Easy enough for anytime of the year and delicious enough for holiday gatherings. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Additional Time 8 hours
Total Time 9 hours

Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 2 cups finely shredded carrots
  • 20 oz crushed pineapple, well drained
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped, toasted pecans, divided use

For the icing:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda and salt.
  3. Add eggs, oil, shredded carrots, drained pineapple and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract. Mix well. Fold in 1 cup chopped pecans.
  4. Pour into a well greased 9 x 13- inch baking pan.
  5. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  6. Remove from oven to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Prepare the icing by mixing cream cheese and butter until smooth. Mix in powdered sugar and vanilla.
  8. Spread over cooled cake. Top with remaining toasted pecans.
  9. Refrigerate overnight before serving.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 604Total Fat: 39gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 28gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 263mgCarbohydrates: 60gFiber: 2gSugar: 45gProtein: 5g

Nutritional calculations are estimated and may not be accurate.

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2 Comments

    1. Hi Sue,
      We used to live at 3500 feet in Wyoming and I never had to adjust recipes for the altitude, so I am not an expert on adjusting baking recipes. I did find this article from Wilton that might help you out. https://blog.wilton.com/high-altitude-baking/

      Thanks for reading and let me know if you try this carrot cake and make any adjustments.

      ~ Milisa

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