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Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

I know I have been missing. But I have a good excuse. Lots of them actually!

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

I can’t wait to tell you about all of the projects I am working on, but it is not quite time for some of them yet. So what I will tell you is that my little Pia is growing up so quickly I can barely believe it. She is on “Spring Break” for goodness sakes!

Carrot Cake with cream cheese frosting

I have been spending time with her the last few days that my busy work schedule and her busy school and activity schedule have not allowed for in ages. And I have to say, it has been really nice.

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

I love having her in the kitchen with me again. She enjoys baking so much, and Coco was willing to hand over the sous chef reigns the past few days.

Carrot Cake with cream cheese frosting

To say that I am sorry for going missing, I am sharing a special and highly delectable recipe with you today.

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Now, please understand. This is Carrot Cake for people who otherwise don’t like carrot cake. I know this because I don’t like Carrot cake or cream cheese frosting.

Please don’t judge me.

There are no nuts, or raisins, or weird little bits of fruits in this cake. Or anything else that I guess in my mind turns me off from your average carrot cake. This is just moist and tender and lightly spiced.

And the frosting is vanilla and creamy and light and just has a hint of tang from the cream cheese.

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

What a wonderful dessert for Mothers Day ladies and gentleman! What do you think?

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, serves 8-10
1 cup soft butter
¼ cups oil
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
3 eggs
1 Tb Vanilla
2 ½ cups flour
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp nutmeg
3 cups shredded carrots (I ran mine through a food processor)

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting
1 cup butter, room temperature
8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1 ½ tsp vanilla paste (or a scraping of ½ a vanilla bean or just extract)
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 Tbs milk

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare 3 8” pans (or two 9” pans) with circles of parchment paper and baking spray.

Carrot Cake with cream cheese frosting

In the bowl of a mixer, cream the butter, oil and sugars.

Carrot Cake with cream cheese frosting

Add the eggs and vanilla and combine well.

Carrot Cake with cream cheese frosting

In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients.

Carrot Cake with cream cheese frosting

Add the dry ingredients to the mixer and combine.

Carrot Cake with cream cheese frosting

Carrot Cake with cream cheese frosting

Add the carrots and beat until you have a well mixed batter.

Carrot Cake with cream cheese frosting

Carrot Cake with cream cheese frosting

Carrot Cake with cream cheese frosting

Evenly divide them between the three (or two) cake pans.

Carrot Cake with cream cheese frosting

Bake them at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Let the cake layers cool on a cooling rack.

While the cake is cooling, make the frosting:

Beat all of the frosting ingredients in a bowl with a hand mixer until completely combined and light and fluffy.

When the cake is completely cool, frost the cake, adding frosting to each layer before adding the next cake round.

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Garnish with berries or pansies!

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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  1. Laura says:

    She is adorable and the cake looks lovely.

  2. Dad says:

    Please save a slice or two. Your carrott cakewith butter cream frosting is one of my top favorites. Pia is special and we loved spending Saturday with her and Coco.

    • oooh! sorry dad- mom was just here and she said NO MORE cake! they sure do love their baba and mimi- Mason too :)

  3. Kristin says:

    This is my kind of carrot cake … less IS more! … and pretty soon, (like tomorrow!)you’ll be shopping for Pia’s prom dress! My goodness, she IS really growing up fast!

  4. Vicki B says:

    Oh my goodness! She looks so grown up! This cake sounds delectable.

    • Thanks Vicki- I know, she is quite a big girl over night it seems.

  5. Your cake is absolutely gorgeous and your recipe looks fantastic! The purple flowers are adorable and I bet your little helper was psyched to try a piece of the finished product. I’ve always been a big fan of carrot cake but have never made a 2-tier and mine always turn out a little unsightly. Very creative!

  6. Kelley Taylor says:

    I love your cake decorations of raspberries and edible flowers – so pretty! I recently saw another carrot cake recipe where they used candied slices of carrot to decorate the frosting. It looked like orange polka dots – very modern.

    You are so lucky to have not one, but two adorable daughters to play with in the kitchen. Alas, I have only sons who prefer to play in the garage wih their father.

    • Thanks Kelley!

      I wish my kids were out in the garden with their father. Oh wait- I wish my husband gardened!

  7. Maria says:

    Beautiful cake and beautiful daughters!

  8. Amanda says:

    This cake is so beautiful! Ans so is your girl! :)

  9. susan says:

    Carrot cake is a house hold favorite around here. Sharing this with your little girl is a special moment in time that she is always going to remember. As moms, we have to grab and embrace these times, hold on to them and let our kids know we cherish them. This says just that, Heather!

  10. Wow – this looks great. Such a pretty cake and moment!

  11. JenMarie says:

    Aha! So, I’m not the only one that doesn’t love carrot cake! How funny, since this is my hubby’s favorite dessert, ever. I will have to try this to see if it tastes as good as it looks! I may have found one that I love. Except I don’t mind the nuts, so I may add those, or maybe pralines on top!!!
    I like adding things on top so the frosting doesn’t have to be perfect… 😉

  12. marla says:

    I too feel the time with my kids slipping through my fingers too quickly. Pia is just darling + the cake you both created looks beyond wonderful. Carrot cake is my favorite!

  13. Love this post and love that pretty cake!

  14. This is fantastic. I cannot wait to try it! I am a huge fan of carrot cake.

  15. goddessnene says:

    Hi Heather, Christos Anesti!!! Hope u had a wonderful Easter, we weren’t able to celebrate this year and that’s difficult since we live in Jerusalem where everything happens but my mother-in-law died and was buried on Good Friday.
    I love ur carrot cake especially cause I make it similar since my daughters prefer it without walnuts and raisins.

    • Oh Nene, I am so sorry to hear about your Mother-in-law. Sometimes the smallest things like a homemade cake can lend comfort, even if for a minute. My prayers are with you and your family.

  16. This would be a gorgeous addition to Mother’s Day! Hope you’re enjoying your time with the girls!

  17. Katie says:

    I think this is a bit moorish…. Which would be my problem… I would eat more and more and more. Sigh…

  18. goddessnene says:

    Thanks Heather for ur prayers, ur very sweet, and I think I will make it.

  19. Sheila says:

    Hi Heather:
    I’m planning to make this for my Mom on Mother’s Day. Any suggestions on where to get edible flowers? Glad to learn I’m not the only one that doesn’t like raisins!

    • depending on what part of the country you are in, I bet that they are easily available. Many stores sell a selection in the herb section of the grocery store. Pansies and jonny-jump ups grow like weeds here in the Northwest. I bet if you cannot find them elsewhere, that you could call your local nurseries and ask for pansies which are widely available. Rose petals are also, edible, beautiful and easy to find.

  20. Sheila says:

    Oh! I thought there was a special, edible type! lol

  21. Esi says:

    Love the pop of color from the beautiful flowers

  22. jenjenk says:

    oh, geeeeez, lady!!! i *love* carrot cake. this looks divinely amazing!

  23. Ronda says:

    Hi Heather~ If I wanted to make these into cupcakes, how many would the recipe yield and how long would I bake them? Any direction you could give would be wonderful~

    • Hey Ronda, Iw ould guess that this recipe would probably make about 18 cupcakes, and I would bake those about 20 minutes :)

  24. Katrina says:

    My daughter has requested Carrot Cake for her 7th birthday. I need to make one for 20 people. Any idea if I should double the recipe and use rectangular pans or 1.5 the recipe? Just looking for your expert opinion. By the way I made your smores cake a while back and it was fantastic!

    • Just saw this Katrina! AHHH!!! I am not sure what to tell you! I feel so bad- but I am not there and I’m not sure!? If it gets too complicated, you could always do 2?

      • Katrina says:

        I doubled the recipe and added lots of cinnamon to the frosting. Also played with the sugar and used a combo of maple sugar, coconut sugar, brown and white sugars. Also used coconut oil for the oil and used about 1/2 cup in place of some of the butter. It turned out soooooo Yummy. Thanks for sharing. You are my go to place for great recipes.

        • Katrina says:

          Oh yeah, I also used 2 9×13 rectangular cake pans. I had to adjust to 30 minutes cook time but my oven is not cooperating lately so it could have just been the oven and not the change in cake pans.

  25. marina says:

    Heather, I made this cake last night — this is now my all-time favorite, go-to carrot cake recipe! I actually made it as a sheet cake because I don’t own three round cake pans – yet 😉 !!! The texture is out of this world and the icing, oh that icing is so perfect!

  26. am excited to make this tomorrow for a birthday! i have 2 nut allergy boys in my house, so i haven’t made carrot cake ever for them. now they can find out what all the fuss is about! one of my favorites!

    • update: seriously awesome! by not including nuts, the texture of the cake was so soft and tender! this is my new go-to recipe! thanks, heather!!