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Carrot Cake

by Amy
An easy to make, but completely delicious, frosting smothered carrot cake.
Owl Creek Farm Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake has been kind of vilified for decades because people long ago decided a perfectly good cake needed additions like pecans and pineapple, and coconut basically has no place in a recipe except in a Pina Colada recipe. Remember that people also came up with a hot dog Jello dish (google it if you don’t believe me!), so we don’t have to always follow what others do!

So, if you cringe away from Carrot Cake because of added pecans/walnuts/nuts, coconut, and/or pineapple, I’m here to rescue you. Even if you happen to like those additions, you’ll still love this cake. It’s an easy recipe, and both the cake and the frosting are just SO good. If you’re like me, you’ll hold back a cup of frosting just to be able to steal a spoonful now and again, long after the cake is devoured, or to use it on my to-die-for Cinnamon Rolls. The kids love this cake, so much so that they’ve requested it for their birthday cake.

Owl Creek Farm Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

Owl Creek Farm owlcreek.ca
An easy to make, but completely delicious, frosting smothered carrot cake.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 15
Calories 482 kcal



    Wet Ingredients

    • 4 eggs large
    • ½ cup applesauce see notes
    • ¾ cup vegetable oil see notes
    • 1 cup white sugar
    • 1 cup brown sugar
    • 2 tsp vanilla extract

    Dry Ingredients

    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 tsp baking soda
    • 2 tsp baking powder
    • ½ tsp salt
    • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 3 cups grated carrots


    • 1 cup butter softened
    • 16 oz cream cheese 2 boxes, softened
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 4 cups confectioners' sugar aka powdered or icing sugar


    • Preheat oven to 350° F.
    • Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan.
    • In a large bowl, beat together eggs, applesauce, oil, sugars, and 2 teaspoons vanilla.
    • In a smaller bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Fold flour mixture into egg mixture. Stir in carrots. Pour into prepared pan.
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center¼ of the cake has no uncooked batter on it. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.

    To Make Frosting:

    • In a large mixing bowl, cream together softened butter and cream cheese, then add 1 tsp vanilla extract and confectioners' sugar, 1 cup at a time. Beat until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Frost the cooled cake.
      Owl Creek Farm Cream Cheese Frosting


    You can modify the applesauce and oil amounts, using less or more of each as desired, though I recommend using at least 1/2 cup oil to give the cake the best moisture. You can also use all oil (1¼ cups) if you're out of applesauce, but it does make for a heavier cake.
    If you like a less sweet, more rich, cream cheese-y, frosting, start with just 2 cups sugar and taste, adding half a cup at a time, up to 4 cups. You'll still get plenty of frosting to cover the cake even if you only use 2 cups sugar.


    Serving: 1pieceCalories: 482kcalCarbohydrates: 78gProtein: 5gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 385mgPotassium: 187mgFiber: 1gSugar: 62gVitamin A: 4573IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 98mgIron: 1mg
    Keyword cake, carrot cake, carrots, cream cheese, frosting, icing
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    Shad June 22, 2015 - 3:13 am

    This carrot cake recipe looks delicious. Looks simple to execute, will print out and try it out!

    Johan May 8, 2014 - 6:10 am

    Such a shame I never had this before because this looks delicious! It doesn’t look that hard to prepare so I might try it soon.