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Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

A deliciously moist carrot cake with an amazing crust.
Oh and the frosting………not just buttercream, but cream cheese as well. Our family’s beloved carrot cake recipe passed down from my favorite mother-in-law!
This is how awesome my parents-in-law are: we invited them to come up for dinner on Father’s Day, but we had a full day at the baseball field, so they insisted on bringing not only the main dish (an unbelievably delicious beef tenderloin roast – such a treat)
but dessert as well.
I honestly never liked carrot cake whatsoever until I met this one that my mother-in-law introduced me to. She has been making it for over forty years and everyone in our family adores it, even those of us who are diehard chocolate lovers!
It’s heavenly, that’s all I can say!

Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

The world's best carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.


  • CAKE
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 cups grated carrots
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 lb. confectioners sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla



Beat eggs, add sugar and oil, continue to beat well.
Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon, beat well.
Fold in carrots.
Pour into greased bundt cake pan.
Bake at 350 for 45 minutes to 1 hour. {Start checking at 45 minutes with a toothpick and don’t let it overbake. Ovens vary – keep an eye on your cake!}
Cool in pan 10 minutes; invert onto cooling rack and let cool at least 1 hour before frosting.


Leave butter and cream cheese on counter to soften, about 1/2 hour, then mix to combine.
Slowly incorporate powdered sugar (so it doesn’t end up all over your kitchen!), then add vanilla and whip until smooth.


After frosting cake, refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles

Monday 24th of June 2013

I confess, I've never made a carrot cake, but I love it! Think I'll try it out this week!

Adelina Priddis

Wednesday 19th of June 2013

It looks perfectly moist! pinning for later

Karen Albert

Wednesday 19th of June 2013

Hi Lisa, Yum carrot cake is my very favorite! You have great in laws!!

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Dana Frieling

Wednesday 19th of June 2013

Girl, I'm not even close to being a carrot cake fan but your description has me wanting a piece now! Sounds delicious. How lucky are you to have such great in-laws?!


Tuesday 18th of June 2013

You had me at cream cheese. I've been a baking fool lately and I just swore to myself that I wouldn't make one more treat for a while...sigh. I may have to try this. Just one more and then no more sweets.