Carrot Cake

This Carrot Cake recipe with cream cheese frosting will become a staple in your kitchen. In fact, this recipe is our No. 1 hit on our Chef Tips YouTube channel, with 4 million views and counting! It’s easy to understand why it’s such a hit. It’s moist, easy to make, and who can resist that carrot and cream cheese combination!

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This easy carrot cake recipe makes a perfect dessert or even a breakfast item. If you want to add raisins or walnuts, you may need to cook it a bit longer. Just keep an eye on it after about 30 minutes or so.

This carrot cake is made in a casserole dish, which makes it super easy to prepare!

If you’d like to use it more for a breakfast item, don’t add the frosting and just slice to serve in the morning.

Toast it in the toaster oven, and add a bit of sweet honey cream cheese, regular cream cheese, or fresh Irish butter for a delicious morning treat.

I hope you enjoy this delicious and moist cake at your next family gathering, and don’t forget to top it with my cream cheese frosting! How do you like my decorations? Haha.

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Chef Jason Hill shares his favorite carrot cake recipe in this episode of "Chef Tips." This carrot cake recipe makes a perfect dessert for any other occasion. If you want to add raisins or walnuts, you may need to cook it a bit longer. Just keep an eye on it after about 30 minutes or so. Hope you enjoy this easy recipe for carrot cake at your next family gathering, and don’t forget to top it with my cream cheese frosting!
This recipe was adapted from Cooks Illustrated.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12


  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups canola oil
  • 3 cups peeled and shredded carrots 6 medium carrots
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Raisins and walnuts if desired

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream


Make Frosting

  • Blend in food processor and scrape down sides until well incorporated. Chill until ready for use.

Make Carrot Cake

  • Mix eggs and sugar in food processor until frothy. Drizzle in canola oil. Mix another 20 seconds. Transfer to medium sized mixing bowl. Stir in carrots and flour, mixing well. Add spices and mix well. Add baking powder, soda and salt.
  • Transfer batter to a lined baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray or butter. Bake at 350 F in middle rack for 35-40 minutes.
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AboutJason Hill

Hi, I’m Jason Hill, host of YouTube’s “Chef Tips” series. I graduated from culinary school in 1998, and gained my experience working the lines in Southern California. I launched my cooking videos in 2007. I love sharing quick and easy recipes that get people back in the kitchen.


  1. Thank you chef Jason for the lesson, i don’t buy carrots cake but bake them because that the best carrots cake ever and make me feel like a pro, i even bake carrot cake for family and friends. Thank you chef Jason.
    N/B ;- I am searching for your pumpkin bread and other recipes.

  2. 5 stars
    Once you make and eat this delicious cake and icing, you will make it for life. One of the best Carrot Cake Ever .

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