Classic Carrot Cake Recipe

Impress your guests with this wonderful Classic Carrot Cake.  It is so lovey to look at, so moist and flavorful, plus the cream cheese icing is also light and fluffy.  I love carrot cake with fluffy cream cheese frosting.  I think it is absolutely beautiful!

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Classic Carrot Cake

Classic Carrot Cake Recipe:
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: English
Keyword: Classic Carrot Cake Recipe
Servings: 8 servings
Carrot Cake:
  • 3/4 cup firmly-packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup superfine sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 level tablespoon Greek yogurt, plain and non-fat
  • Zest from 1 orange, finely grated
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger, ground
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 2 cups of carrots, grated
  • 3/4 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
Cream Cheese Icing:
Optional Toppings:
  • Sprinkles
  • Sanding sugar
Classic Carrot Cake Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.  Prepare one (1) round 8-inch cake pan with vegetable baking spray.  Dust with granulated sugar to coat the bottom and sides of the cake pan.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the brown sugar, superfine sugar, vegetable oil, eggs, vanilla extract, and yogurt.  Stir in the orange zest, cinnamon, and ginger. Sifting the flour over the bowl while gently folding into the mixture.  Fold in by hand the carrots and walnuts.

  3. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan.  Bake approximately 60 to 75 minutes.  The cake is ready to remove from the oven when a toothpick placed into the center of the cake comes out clean.

  4. Remove from oven, let cake cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes, and then turn cake out of the cake pan onto the wire rack to cool completely.

  5. Prepare Cream Cheese Icing; set aside until ready to use.

  6. Once the cake is cool, you may cut it into desired bite-size portions. Small cookie cutters are great to use to cut out shapes of your choice.

  7. Frost with the prepared Cream Cheese Icing and decorate with sprinkles or colored sanding sugar.

  8. Makes 8 servings.

Cream Cheese Icing Instructions:
  1. In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, lemon juice, and powdered sugar until smooth.

  2. Yields enough frosting for one 8-inch cake.

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