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Aunt Diane's Carrot Cake Recipe

Aunt Diane's Carrot Cake

  • Author: Sarah Marx Feldner
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Category: Cake
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


A classic carrot cake recipe with no crushed pineapple, no shredded coconut, no dried fruits, no nuts and not a lot of spices. Just simple and delicious.


For the Cake:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (240 g)
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups granulated sugar (400 g)
  • 1 1/2 cups mild-flavored oil (such as vegetable oil)
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups peeled & grated carrots (12 oz)

For the Frosting:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature (16TB, 8 oz)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 lb powdered sugar


For the Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 9x13 pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar and oil. Add the eggs and whisk to emulsify. With a spatula, stir in the flour mixture until almost, but not quite, combined. Then stir in the carrots just until everything is well combined.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a tester comes out clean, ~40 minutes. Let cool completely in the pan, then frost and enjoy!

For the Frosting:

  1. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the cream cheese and butter on medium speed until completely smooth. Scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula. Add in the vanilla. Gradually add in the powdered sugar and beat on low speed until creamy and smooth.


  • You can use either a glass or metal baking pan for this recipe. My aunt recommends baking the cake in a glass plan. I used a metal pan. 😉
  • If you intend to flip out the cake from the pan and then frost, vs. frosting, slicing and serving from the pan, I recommend lining the bottom of the pan with parchment.
  • To grate the carrots, I used the large holes on a box grater. I would think a food processor with a shredding attachment would be faster and easier - but also require more clean up. I used 4 large carrots.
  • When making the frosting, be sure the butter, and especially the cream cheese, are at a very soft room temperature. It's near impossible to beat out lumps from cold cream cheese.
  • Powdered sugar can get clumpy. As I hate sifting it (it takes too long and is messy), I like to use an unopened 1-pound box for this recipe. Since no air/moisture has affected the powdered sugar, there's no sifting required!
  • This recipe would also make 24 frosted cupcakes. Yum. (Bake 18 - 20 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through baking.)

Keywords: Carrot Cake, Cream Cheese Frosting, Easter Recipes, Spring Recipes, No Crushed Pineapple