Our Top Carrot Cake Recipes

From fancy layer cakes to simple sheet cakes and muffins, we've got the best carrot cake recipes for any occasion.

  • Best Carrot Cake
    Photo: Tina Cornett; Styling: Leslie Byars Simpson

    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.
  • Carrot Cake
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Carrot Cake

    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.
  • Spiced Apple Carrot Cake with Goat Cheese Frosting
    Leo Gong

    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.
  • Carrot Cake with Toasted Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting
    Howard L. Puckett; Lydia Degaris-Pursell; Martha Condra

    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
    Photo: Hector Sanchez

    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
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    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.
  • Orange-Carrot Cake with Classic Cream Cheese Frosting
    Photo: Charles E. Walton IV

    Orange-Carrot Cake

    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.
  • Carrot Cake
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Carrot Cake

    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 Muffins
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Amy Burke

    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

    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.
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