Simple Delicious Carrot Cake

Carrot cake, with its moist texture and irresistible flavor, has long been a beloved classic in the world of baking. This timeless treat combines the natural sweetness of carrots with warm spices and a decadent cream cheese frosting to create a dessert that’s perfect for any occasion.

This carrot cake is one of my favorites to make for easter. We often make carrot cake waffles for a similar flavor that is always a hit around here with the kids. Carrot muffins make a healthy on-the-go option.

What you need for the cake:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups grated carrots (about 4-5 medium carrots)
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

How to make carrot cake

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans, or line them with parchment paper for easy removal.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger until well combined. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat together the granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vegetable oil until smooth and creamy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.

Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.

Fold in the grated carrots, crushed pineapple, and chopped nuts (if using) until evenly distributed throughout the batter.

Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cake pans and smooth the tops with a spatula.

Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean.

Remove the cakes from the oven and allow them to cool in the pans for 10 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Decorate your cake with classic cream cheese frosting after cooling for the perfect carrot cake.

There’s something truly special about a well-made carrot cake. With its moist crumb, delicate spice, and creamy frosting, it’s a dessert that never fails to delight.

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply craving a sweet treat, this ultimate moist carrot cake recipe is sure to become a new favorite in your baking repertoire. So gather your ingredients, preheat your oven, and get ready to indulge in a slice of pure happiness! When you are don’t be sure to plan to grow carrots this year.

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