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Easy Frosted Carrot Cake

This simple cake, which is my mother's recipe, stays moist for quite a while. In was always my favorite at harvesttime when I was a child. -Muriel Jones, Hythe, Alberta
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    6-8 servings


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups finely grated carrots
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 4 teaspoons whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts, optional


  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugars, baking soda, allspice and salt. Beat in vegetable oil. (Batter will be stiff.) Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in carrots.
  • Pour into a greased 8-in. square baking dish. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes our clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  • For frosting, in a small bowl, cream butter and cream cheese until smooth. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar and vanilla. Add enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Spread over cake. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts if desired. Store, covered, in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 427 calories, 22g fat (6g saturated fat), 69mg cholesterol, 311mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (41g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • Pamillia
    Mar 6, 2012

    This is really good & turned out very well.I used California Virgin olive oil, instead of regular oil. This is easy to make also.

  • Katielabonte
    Feb 20, 2012

    Very good cake recipe. I used cinnamon instead of allspice and used about 2 more tablespoons oil. The batter was very thick and I think it needed it. The icing was soooo good. Thanks for sharing!!!

  • yeimy
    Jan 12, 2012

    It's really good and moist, just wath I was craving yummm ;)

  • jennyandgump
    Nov 2, 2011

    This cake is very moist and light. Excellent!