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Dark Chocolate Carrot Cake Recipe

Dark Chocolate Carrot Cake Recipe

Carrot cake has a dark side—and it’s divine! Cream cheese and shredded carrots in the batter keep the cake moist, while toasted nuts and cinnamon boost the flavor. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling YIELD:16 servings


  • 1 package dark chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 package (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted, divided
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) cream cheese frosting


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, cream cheese, pudding mix, milk, eggs and cinnamon; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Stir in carrots and 1/2 cup walnuts. Pour into three greased and floured 8-in. round baking pans.
  • 2. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 3. Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake. Sprinkle top with remaining walnuts. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 16 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 504 calories, 24g fat (8g saturated fat), 49mg cholesterol, 570mg sodium, 71g carbohydrate (52g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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sstetzel User ID: 158954 252354
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2016

"Just Mari,

Cupcakes should work well. Start checking for doneness around the 20 minute mark.
Sue Stetzel
Taste of Home"

Just Mari User ID: 6063632 252246
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2016

"I would love to adapt this to a cupcake recipe? Any suggestions?"

kewellman User ID: 7182281 240635
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2015

"My husband loves carrot cake and chocolate cake, so this was a natural choice for his birthday. He loved it and so did everyone else! In addition to the cinnamon, I threw in a touch of clove and nutmeg just to give it some extra spice. I actually think I'll add more next time. Also, since I baked in a 9x13 instead of 3 rounds, I had to up the baking time a bit (turned out to be 7 min extra for my oven). I can't really imagine how this recipe wouldn't work for anyone UNLESS they: 1) buy a cake mix with pudding already in it, but don't leave out the pudding mix, or 2) buy "cook & serve" pudding instead of "instant". Either of those could possibly mess up the texture of the batter."

Wabbitsan User ID: 4770947 224272
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2015

"I tried making this cake; something is missing from the ingredients. The batter was not like cake batter, and it did not bake properly. I've made many cakes in my day, and this one, by far, turned out the worst. I am throwing this one out."

grandmaconnie User ID: 519775 220179
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2015

"I made this for my bridge club and everyone just loved it! I used a dark chocolate pudding and I made homemade cream cheese frosting. I also baked it in a 9x13 pan. Several people asked for the recipe. Definitely a keeper!"

lindsay8582 User ID: 5752325 135910
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2014

"I made this in a 9x13 pan and put homemade cheese cream icing on top and it was AMAZING! Now the funny part is that my husband loved it when it was warm out of the oven, but not when it was cold after being in the fridge overnight. I didn't care for it warm, but I LOVED it cold!"

Cindyju User ID: 3573493 212913
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2014

"This cake was so good!!! Everyone that tried it love it!! Will defiantly make again..."

lenfinger User ID: 1357210 120691
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2012

"Made this cake for a potluck; it was a hit. I would make one modification: if you live in a humid climate like I do (Miami FL), either try to find a "plain" cake mix (no pudding in the mix) or omit the instant pudding mix. The cake was way too moist, wouldn't hold its shape and just crumbled. No one cared--there was practically none left and I was asked for the recipt--but it bugged me. I cannot find "plain"cake mix here, so next time, I will omit the pudding mix. Also, it takes almost a pound of medium-sized carrots to make the 3 cups called for. And I made mine in a 13 x 9 inch pan--better for a potluck--baked for the same time as the recipe called for, then started testing it. Took about 35 minutes, but again, in this humid climate, I always find I need to take my cakes for the longer time in the suggested range. With the 13 x 9-inch pan, only needed one can of frosting. Delicious flavor!"

conniec_55337 User ID: 3613269 196530
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2012

"I made this for my son-in-laws birthday and it was a huge hit. I used the canned frosting for the filling between the layers and made a homemade cream cheese frosting to frost the outside of the cake. Was nummy"

Slamerjan User ID: 2534481 180544
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2012

"Love, love, love this cake!"

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