Our Top Carrot Cake Recipes
Carrot-Zucchini Cake with Coconut-Cream Cheese Frosting
Zucchini makes a brilliant addition to carrot cake, adding a verdant note to the sweet carrot.
Layered Carrot Cake
The star of this classic carrot layer cake is the thick sweetened cream frosting that you spread between the cake layers and on the top and sides of the cake. The cake gets extra sweetness from the addition of crushed pineapple to the batter. You can also use this same batter to make Carrot Cake Muffins.
Carrot Ginger Tea Cake with Lime Glaze
Taking a cue from our favorite juice bar combos, this dense, not-too-sweet cake gets loads of moistness from both carrots and carrot juice, and a hint of heat from two kinds of ginger. The lime glaze adds a tangy kick.
The Ultimate Carrot Cake
These layers are tender, so remove from pans carefully!
Spiced Apple Carrot Cake with Goat Cheese Frosting
Switch it up with this fun twist on standard carrot cake! We used goat cheese as a gourmet substitution for cream cheese in the frosting. The sweetened cheese adds an amazing depth of flavor and complements the richness of the cake.
Mama Dip's Carrot Cake
This recipe from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, restaurateur Mildred "Mama Dip" Council is one of the best carrot cakes we've tested. The cake layers can be made ahead and frozen up to one month.
Spiced Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
A smear of cream cheese frosting is the ideal topper for warm spiced carrot cake.
Best Carrot Cake
We don't call it the best for no reason! This indulgent carrot cake is truly a classic that is so delicious you will never have to worry about leftovers.
This lightened recipe features a tender cake packed with grated carrot, flaked coconut, and chopped pecans. Just like a traditional carrot cake, this one is topped with a thick cream cheese frosting.
Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
The secret to the moist texture of this cake is pureed baby food carrots. Top with toasted coconut for the perfect dessert. If you're lucky enough to have any leftovers, this cake actually freezes quite well.
Apple-Pecan Carrot Cake
Top a showstopping crown of mascarpone frosting with swirls of apple cider caramel sauce and a scattering of salty-sweet spiced pecans. Caramel sauce, rather than frosting, sandwiches together the moist cake layers, creating a picture-perfect dessert.
Carrot Sheet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Not a big-time baker? Sheet cakes are a quick and easy way to get all the flavor of a layer cake without all the work. Not to mention this carrot cake received our Test Kitchens' highest rating.
Bring some citrusy zing to traditional carrot cake by adding orange zest and orange juice to the batter before baking. For an extra punch of flavor, try adding some zest to the homemade cream cheese icing as well.
Just because you're gluten free doesn't mean you can't indulge from time to time! This yummy carrot cake starts with GF boxed yellow cake mix and is chock-full of carrots, nuts, and raisins.
Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies
We toss shredded carrot with a little sugar and let the mixture stand for a few minutes. This tenderizes the shreds--important here because, unlike with an actual carrot cake that bakes for a while, these cook for only 11 minutes, not much time for the carrots to cook to softness. To bake a second batch, mix up and bake two separate batches of cookie batter instead of one large batch. You can make just one big double-batch of the cream cheese filling, though.
Carrot Cake Muffins
Turn a timeless carrot cake into individual-sized treats with this muffin recipe that will make for a great grab-and-go breakfast or snack. Top with cream cheese icing for a sweeter "cupcake-like" dessert.
Classic Carrot Layer Cake
The warm spicy flavor of this cake makes it feel like the perfect slice for fall. Cinnamon, allspice and cloves work well with the sweet cream cheese icing that has an almost caramel-like flavor.
Super Moist Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Browned Butter Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze
Old-school form meets new-school flavors in this twist on carrot cake. Browning the butter intensifies its flavor, making it nutty and caramel-rich. The Bundt cake form makes for a much easier—but still delicious—dessert, freeing you from the fuss of stacking and frosting layers. We call for shredding the carrots on the smaller holes of a grater for more delicate strands that incorporate better into the batter. You can bake the cake ahead and freeze it, unglazed; wrap the cooled cake tightly in plastic wrap and freeze in a ziplock plastic freezer bag for up to 3 months (glaze the thawed cake).
Carrot-Walnut-Coconut Sheet Cake
This moist, delicious carrot cake has traditional ingredients like carrot, pineapple, and walnuts, with the addition of toasted coconut flakes to dress up cream cheese icing.
Coconut-Carrot Cake with Coconut Buttercream
You’ve got dessert duty? We’ve got you covered with this lightly spiced sheet cake that serves a crowd and travels well too. Why choose between carrot cake and coconut cake when both flavors work so well together?