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Best Ever Carrot Cake Recipe
Best-Ever Carrot Cake Recipe (And Cream Cheese Frosting)
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 10 mins

Years of testing and tasting has led me to the Best-Ever Carrot Cake recipe — and now you can make it too!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 people
Author: Gemma Stafford
Best-Ever Carrot Cake
  • 1 ¾ cups (14oz/395g) sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 ¾ cups (14floz/395ml) oil (sunflower, vegetable, coconut)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ¾ cups (14oz/395g)all-purpose (plain flour)
  • 3 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice or cinnamon
  • (14oz/400g) carrots (finely grated)
  • ½ cup (4oz/115g) raisins
Best-Ever Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 4 cups (1 lb 4 oz/600g) powdered sugar, sifted lightly to remove any lumps
  • 1 lb (16oz/480g cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (4oz/120g ) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Best-Ever Carrot Cake Instructions
  1. Whisk together sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and oil until thick.

  2. Then add in flour, baking powder, and cinnamon and mix gently

  3. Lastly, add in the grated carrots and raisins and mix in until well combined.
  4. Grease and line a 9” tin. You can also use this recipe to make 2 x 900g/2lb loaf tins, but you'll have to reduce the heat.

  5. Pour mixture into tins and place in the oven at 340°F (170°C) for 70- 80 minutes (or until a skewer comes out clean).

  6. Leave to cool in tins for 10mins then turn onto a cooling rack.
Best-Ever Cream Cheese Frosting Instructions
  1. To prepare the frosting: In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium-high speed cream cheese and butter until smooth. Then slowly add in the powdered sugar and vanilla until it is smooth and creamy (do not overbeat). Chill until needed.
  2. Decorate as desired.

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