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Grandma’s Carrot Cake

My grandma was very special to me. She had a big country kitchen that was full of wonderful aromas any time we visited. This was one of her prized cake recipes, and it continues to be a favorite from generation to generation. —Denise Strasz, Detroit, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups canola oil
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups shredded carrots (about 6 medium)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 10-in. fluted tube pan.
  • Beat first 4 ingredients until well blended. Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; gradually beat into sugar mixture. Stir in carrots and walnuts.
  • Transfer to prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 50-60 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack; cool completely.
  • For frosting, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar. Spread over cake.
Editor’s note: To remove cakes easily, use solid shortening to grease plain and fluted tube pans.
Health Ttip: Skip the heavy frosting and dust this cake with confectioners’ sugar to save almost 150 calories and 10g fat per serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 593 calories, 35g fat (7g saturated fat), 68mg cholesterol, 292mg sodium, 67g carbohydrate (49g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • Jane
    Jun 9, 2020

    Thus recipe is the exact recipe from my Grandmother I have been making for years... with these exceptions: I use black walnuts instead of regular and I use a buttermilk glaze instead of frosting. It’s phenomenal with these changes!

  • SmokeyPa
    Oct 30, 2019

    Smokey I haven't try this cake yet and wanted to ask if this cake can be wrapped in cheesecloth soaked,not heavy in branded ( like I have always done with my old recipes) . I would moisten the cake maybe once a week before Christmas having made them in November. They kept fine and soooo good. Could I do that to this recipe?

  • pajamaangel
    Apr 20, 2019

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  • duckmichelle
    Jan 22, 2019

    This looks so much like a recipe my Dad got from someone at work years ago, except our recipe didn't include cinnamon or a frosting. Dad was a wonderful cook, and make this cake many, many times. It's so good!!