Old-Fashioned Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Old-Fashioned Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

A flavorful moist carrot cake with sweet cream cheese frosting


18 servings


Cake Ingredients:

2 cups sugar
1 1/4 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
3 cups finely grated carrots*
1/4 cup well-drained crushed pineapple
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional

Icing Ingredients:

8 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon juice
3-4 cups powdered sugar

Ground cinnamon and ground walnuts, for dusting (optional)


1. In a large mixing bowl, blend sugar and oil. Add eggs, vanilla, and lemon juice and mix.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, cinnamon, soda, and baking powder. Fold into the batter in the large bowl.

3. Stir in carrots, pineapple, and walnuts to make a thick batter.

4. Pour into a greased 9x13-inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes, until cake tests done. Cool in pan on a wire rack, covered with a thin clean towel.

5. To make icing, mix ingredients in order listed, using an electric mixer. Spread over cake and dust with cinnamon and walnuts if desired. Enjoy!

Old-Fashioned Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Additional Notes: 

*The carrots don't need to be extremely finely grated (not completely pulverized -- although that would probably work as well!) but I've noticed that this cake is softer and better made with carrots grated on a finer rather than coarser setting.

Preparation Time: 

45 minutes (cake + icing)

Cooking Time: 

55-60 minutes

Tammy's Review: 

This cake is easy to make and SO yummy!! I like the abundance of carrots and the creamy frosting... it's hard to eat just one piece! :) My grandma gave me the basics for this recipe when I got married, and I've tweaked it just slightly. :) My rating: 10/10


I made this and my family loved it! To make it look pretty and add some color I used food coloring to make little carrots with the frosting. It looked so cute! But the most important thing was that it tasted DELISIOUS!!!! ohh yeah but next time I will add a little tiny bit less of powdered sugar because the frosting turned out too sweet for my families liking :)


Wow this carrot cake recipe is amazing. Very moist and the cinnamon gives it a great flavor. even people that aren't fans of carrot cake loved this - way better then anything I have had from bakeries.


Moist, flavorful and delicious. My friends said I should open a bakery.


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