1 (9-inch) cake

Truly our best-ever carrot cake recipe, make this classic favorite for a crowd and you might not have any leftovers to bring home. For more flavor, try toasting the nuts and coconut before adding them to the batter. It's important to cool the cakes completely before frosting, otherwise the frosting will just melt right off. To expediate the cooling process, you can put the cakes on their wire racks in the freezer (don't worry, it's not cheating), checking until they're thoroughly cool. This is a cake you can bake for any occasion. We recommend this cake anytime from Easter to Christmas.

How to Make It

Step 1

Line 3 (9-inch) round cakepans with wax paper; lightly grease and flour wax paper. Set pans aside.

Step 2

Stir together first 4 ingredients.

Step 3

Beat eggs and next 4 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add flour mixture, beating at low speed until blended. Fold in carrot and next 3 ingredients. Pour batter into prepared cakepans.

Step 4

Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Drizzle Buttermilk Glaze evenly over layers; cool in pans on wire racks 15 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks. Spread Cream Cheese Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake.

Chef's Notes

This cake recipe is a crowd favorite, no matter what season it is. Add some extra spice, rum, or brown butter during the cold months. During the spring, decorate it with flowers or maybe even hints of fruit.

Ratings & Reviews

October 19, 2016
That happened to me on the first try with the glaze. If you cook it longer, loses that taste. Keep trying, it is soooo totally worth it. It makes more than you need, so we keep the rest and use it to dip apples. (I've even put it in apple pie- amazing!)

Truly The Best Cake I've Ever Made

April 28, 2015
This is my first time ever making a carrot cake. I made this cake and followed all of the directions carefully. After reading all of the comments, I was a little skeptical about the buttermilk glaze, I cooked the glaze until it began to boil and I continued stirring it until it became a caramel brown. It came out excellent, and it tasted great. My mother was so happy that I surprised her with the cake for her birthday. This is my new recipe for carrot cake. Yum, Yum. I have an extremely large family so when we have our next family gathering, I will make the best carrot cake Ever!!! I rate this cake at the highest standard.

October 20, 2017
How were they in cupcake form? Did they still taste as good?

October 13, 2015

February 20, 2016
WOW this looks amazing - you did a great job for your coworker

May 01, 2016
Was this a 9x13 pan??

Best carrot cake recipe!!!

May 13, 2015
I made this carrot cake for a co workers retirement party and it was amazing and I'm not a big fan of carrot cake. This recipe had the perfect texture and consistency. I followed everything on the instructions except for the glaze part. It came out runny so instead of pouring it on to the cake I brushed it on with a pastry brush. It was such a big hit that this will definitely be my go to recipe.

Andra11's Review

August 06, 2014
Made this yesterday for my husband's birthday. He said it was the best he's ever had. He doesn't usually ask questions about what I make but when he got home today he wanted to know everything that was in it. I was concerned since I had to use a 9x13 pan as I don't have round cake pans. It came out fine, just had to bake extra 5 min. to set the middle. The cream cheese frosting was fantastic! Oh, just lightly greased pan, no flour or wax paper.

Best carrot cake in the world

May 02, 2015
I made it for Christmas last year and everyone loooved it! The little piece that was left stood on top of the fridge uncovered for a few days and didnt even dry out :) i made it again tonight for a family event tomorrow and its looking great. I only make 2 layers and bake it a bit longer, i also use 2 cups of cream cheese and only 2 cups of sugar to have a less sweet and more cream cheesy icing - delicious! Thank you for a great recipe.


October 12, 2015
Carrot cake is my husbands favorite cake, so I've had quite a few over the years. This cake blew all the rest out the water! I did reduce the sugar by 1/2c because some people said it was too sweet. DO NOT skip the buttermilk glaze, that stuff is like crack and is absolutely necessary. I brought 1/2 the cake to work because my husband was afraid he'd eat it all, and they destroyed it. lol