Best Ever Carrot Cake

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This is a carrot cake for the ages. Incredibly tender, packed with flavour and warm fall spices. The frosting is light, and super fluffy, made from cream cheese, butter and a touch of cream.


8×8 baking dish

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Best Ever Carrot Cake

Super tender, filled with warm fall spices, this carrot cake is a game changer.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Comfort Flavour
Keyword carrot cake
Author Cook with Meg


  • 8×8 pan
  • Electric mixer or stand mixer for icing



  • 1 1/2 c shredded carrots (grate vs buying already grated)
  • 1 c all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder
  • 3/4 c canola or other vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 c granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • OPTIONAL 1/2 c drained pineapple, 1/2 c chopped pecans, 1/2 c raisins


  • 1 block cream cheese (brick is usually 250g)
  • 1/2 c softened room temperature butter salted or unsalted
  • 2 c powdered sugar
  • pinch salt
  • You shouldn't need to add any cream, but if you wish to make your frosting a little thinner, add 1-2 tsp of whipping cream


Preheat the oven to 350F + grease an 8×8 pan

  • In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking soda and spices and set aside.
  • In a separate bigger bowl, whisk oil, sugars and vanilla until smooth.
  • Then add your eggs, one at a time to the wet ingredients.
  • This is where I switch to a spatula, so I can scrape down the sides and add in your dry ingredients a little at a time until fully mixed in.
  • Finally add your shredded carrots, and optional mix ins. Don't overmix, we want this to be nice and tender.
  • Pour into a greased 8×8 pan and bake for about 30 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. **I check after about 25 minutes, all ovens vary


  • In the bowl of your stand mixer, or a bowl with electric mixers, whip your cream cheese and softened butter until fluffy, this will probably take about 3 minutes or so. Stop occasionally to scrape down the sides.
  • Add your powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, making sure it's all absorbed before you add the next batch.
  • Drizzle in a little whipping cream, but only a tsp at a time, until you get the consistency that you want! Wait until the cake is fully cooled before adding frosting!

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Try our delish coconut cloud cake when you want your next warm hug!

SOO GOOD! Enjoy! Meg xo

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