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A piece of carrot cake with cream cheese frosting on a white plate. A piece has been taken out and is on a spoon next to it. There's a white and blue dishtowel in the background with 2 carrots on it.
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5 from 9 votes

Easy Carrot Cake Recipe

This easy Carrot Cake is deliciously moist and topped with a smooth cream cheese frosting! A nut-free sheet cake that is ready in 35 minutes and super simple to throw together.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16
Calories: 371kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar 250g
  • 1 cup vegetable oil 240ml
  • 4 large eggs room temperature
  • 2 cups finely grated carrots 250g
  • 1 large orange zest finely grated
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour 250g
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt

For the Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1/2 stick butter room temperature, 60g
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar sifted, 100g
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 8 oz cream cheese 225g

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and grease a 13x9-inch baking dish. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl combine sugar, vegetable oil, and eggs with a spatula. Add grated carrots and orange zest. Mix until combined.
  • In a small bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Sift the dry mixture into the bowl with the wet ingredients.
  • Mix together until just combined.
  • Pour mixture into prepared baking dish and bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Allow cake to cool down completely before frosting it.
  • To make the frosting, beat together butter and confectioners' sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy.
  • Add vanilla extract and cream cheese and beat until blended. Frost cooled cake.

Nutrition

Calories: 371kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 255mg | Potassium: 203mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 3029IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 1mg