The Best Carrot Cake Ever

No seriously, ever. In fact, Matt and I both agreed this carrot cake wins top 3 cakes I’ve ever made. If you don’t believe me, come over and I’ll bake you one. I bet you won’t even be able to decide which is better – the freshly baked, super moist carrot cake or the whipped cinnamon cream cheese frosting.

And there is over 3 cups of freshly grated carrots in this cake…so it makes it healthy too.

 Just look at her. Almost too beautiful to eat. Almost.

 Carrot Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Cake:
2 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
4 large eggs
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups grated carrots
1 cup crushed pineapple
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup chopped pecans {optional}

1 cup raisins {optional}

Preheat oven to 300ΒΊ F. Grease and flour two 8 inch pans, and line with parchment paper {tutorial here}. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk together the oil, sugar, and eggs until smooth in a stand mixer. Slowly stir in dry ingredients until well combined. Add carrots, pineapple, coconut, pecans and raisins {if using}. Divide evenly between pans. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 20 minutes. Invert onto cooling rack and chill in refrigerator for a couple hours, or cover with plastic wrap and chill overnight.

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting:
16 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
8 oz. unsalted butter, at room temperature
6-8 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon heavy cream

In a stand mixer, whip the cream cheese and butter until combined. Add extract, cinnamon, heavy cream and half the powdered sugar. Slowly continue to add the remaining powdered sugar until desired consistency.

Assembly:
Place your bottom cake layer on a cardboard round {to transport to a cake stand later} or directly on your cake stand. Using a piping bag, pipe a line of frosting along the rim of the cake and fill in with a thick layer of frosting. Add the top layer and spread a thin coat of frosting over the entire cake, creating a crumb coat. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to harden the icing, allowing for a smoother second coat. Using an angled spatula on the top and a straight palette knife on the sides, evenly spread the rest of the frosting over the entire cake. Move cake to plate or stand. To create the swirls, use the back of a spoon on slowly make circles around the cake {tutorial here}. Sprinkle with cinnamon and enjoy!

 And there you have it…the best carrot cake ever!!!

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  1. Nichole @ casadecrews.com
    March 5, 2014 / 1:47 pm

    This is seriously almost too pretty to eat!! "Almost" πŸ™‚

  2. Madison @ Wetherills Say I Do
    March 5, 2014 / 2:17 pm

    Oh my goodness. I LOOOVE carrot cake, I've only made it once though. I will have to try this recipe. The decoration is beautiful too!

  3. Lobster Meets Peach
    March 5, 2014 / 2:49 pm

    If it was not for the fact that today is Ash Wednesday, I would so have made that today. It looks so yummy!!!

  4. Samara Morgan
    March 5, 2014 / 2:53 pm

    OK, you cannot say, ever again, that you are losing energy as a pregnant woman, haha. This is INSANELY beautiful and does not look like something so easy-peasy that it took no time (or energy) at all. You are one of the most amazing pregnant women I've ever met!! This looks sinfully delicious!!Cheers,Samara

  5. Nicole Pipho
    March 5, 2014 / 2:56 pm

    Oh my, I've been dying for carrot or spice cake lately! I might have to try this!!

  6. Zelle B.
    March 5, 2014 / 3:01 pm

    Your cakes are always gorgeous! This looks so yummy, thanks for sharing!xo

  7. Laura | Our Life in the Queen City
    March 5, 2014 / 3:08 pm

    gorgeus – AND delicious! thanks for sharing the love – andrew and i thoroughly enjoyed it! xo

  8. Laura | Our Life in the Queen City
    March 5, 2014 / 3:09 pm

    ps – i do know how to spell gorgeous

  9. Jillian Manesh
    March 5, 2014 / 3:19 pm

    pinning this! carrot cake is my all-time favorite! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  10. Kelly Elizabeth
    March 5, 2014 / 3:39 pm

    Oh my goodness! I've been wanting to make a carrot cake recently and am so happy you posted this! Spring really is the perfect season for carrot cake! and I love the three cups of carrots in here! HEALTHY! πŸ™‚

  11. Chrissy@SimpleJoysBlog
    March 5, 2014 / 3:56 pm

    Looks delicious! I'm going to have to try to make that sometime!

  12. Jo
    March 5, 2014 / 4:26 pm

    Oh I WAAANNNTT!!! That's beautiful!

  13. Kristan Bartlett
    March 5, 2014 / 4:35 pm

    My favorite cake, and that looks seriously amazing. Oh my gosh, I feel like I need to make this now!

  14. Kelly
    March 5, 2014 / 4:47 pm

    Gorgeous cake!!Randomly came across this pin on Pinterest and found your picture under #11 :)http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/impossibly-fun-wedding-photo-ideas-youll-want-to-steal?sub=2997375_2438065It seems to pop up all over the place!-kelly Honor Courage Commitment

  15. Anni
    March 5, 2014 / 5:13 pm

    Thanks for the new craving πŸ™‚ This is on my to-bake-list this weekend! Does the crushed pineapple give it a lot of taste or texture? I'm not a huge pineapple fan. Could you leave it out?

  16. SLH
    March 5, 2014 / 5:22 pm

    I'm drooling. New weekend project! Thanks!

  17. Katie Stroud
    March 5, 2014 / 5:36 pm

    Ok, well I will be over on Saturday around noon to have some of this aaamazinggg cake! πŸ˜‰ but seriously, I will have to make this for Easter! Cause that's when I'll be able to eat cake again! ohhh lent. Hope you are feeling well! xo

  18. Ericka
    March 5, 2014 / 6:38 pm

    Carrot cake is my FAVORITE! I've never attempted to make it before thought (weird). I think I'll have to try this recipe some time soon!

  19. kristinleighh
    March 5, 2014 / 7:37 pm

    oh goodness! as a girl that doesn't like chocolate (I know right) carrot cake is my favorite!

  20. Hope @ Hope in a Blog
    March 5, 2014 / 7:58 pm

    Spyros' favorite cake is carrot cake…will have to pin this and make it for his birthday next year :)!!

  21. Kristyn @ Carolina Fireflies
    March 5, 2014 / 8:00 pm

    I don't know how I went most of my life without carrot cake but I just recently discovered it and now I'm obsessed! I will definitely be trying this recipe this weekend!

  22. Christina @ A Musing Belle
    March 5, 2014 / 8:07 pm

    I don't know… I've been told my carrot cake is pretty awesome. I'll have to try this one though because it looks so yummy! Maybe I'll make both just for fun this weekend!

  23. Brittany | Life of a Bama Girl
    March 5, 2014 / 8:19 pm

    I love carrot cake! I don't like raisins or pecans in mine so this one looks delicious!

  24. Kristal {The Strong Family}
    March 5, 2014 / 8:36 pm

    Ok, no judging here, but I honestly cannot remember if I've ever HAD carrot cake. I mean, if I have the option between full on chocolate cake and carrot cake, I've always opted for the chocolate. I mean, why would I want to risk eating a healthy dessert?! πŸ™‚ After seeing this cake, my take on carrot cake has changed. I must make this asap!

  25. Bama Girl in AZ
    March 5, 2014 / 9:02 pm

    Ok, this will happen (along with my mom's homemade banana pudding) on Easter!

  26. Christina @ This Woman Cooks!
    March 6, 2014 / 12:22 am

    Wow that really does look good, I can see the freckles of orange and everything! Amazing. I love that cake stand too!

  27. Katelyn Feroe
    March 6, 2014 / 3:37 am

    You make it sound so easy! That cake looks to die for! I'm on my way over, so preheat the oven ;)Katelyn

  28. A.M.
    March 6, 2014 / 2:35 pm

    Yep, making this for a friend's birthday this weekend! Is the Crushed Pineapple in a can? and where do you get unsweetened coconut?

  29. Diana Maria
    March 6, 2014 / 2:59 pm

    Thanks for posting such tasty recipes! This looks delicious!

  30. TheChiWay
    March 6, 2014 / 7:55 pm

    Ohhh my goodness…this.looks.amazing. I think I'll be making this for Easter Sunday – thanks! (I'm new to following your blog and really enjoying doing so!!)Renee @ http://www.thechiway.weebly.com

  31. Caley-Jade Rosenberg
    March 12, 2014 / 9:26 am

    I've been searching for a carrot cake recipe for ages – especially in time for Easter! And you have solved all my problems, and deliciously x

  32. Elizabeth @ Southern Color
    March 12, 2014 / 1:50 pm

    Yum! This cake looks so tasty & pretty! Thanks for sharing the recipe, I'm going to make it next week for a friend's birthday. Carrot cake is her fave πŸ™‚

  33. runningmomentum
    May 13, 2014 / 1:48 am

    I made this for my husband's 30th birthday bash this past weekend, and everyone loved it!! The frosting was divine, as was the cake! There are no leftovers! Thanks for the icing tutorial, too – it came out looking so beautiful, when normally it's laden with crumbs! Congrats on sweet Caroline πŸ™‚

  34. YDANIS
    May 16, 2014 / 3:26 pm

    This looks so good and am making my grocery list now but is the pineapple drained of the juice?

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