Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting

My go-to recipe when it comes to carrot cake! Easy to make and super tasty!


Difficulty: Easy

Time: 20 min. preparation time, 40 min. baking time

Nutrition: Calories ca 445 / Protein 6g / Carbohydr. 40g / Fat 29g

Ingredients (12 servings)

400 gcarrots (medium)
250 gall-purpose flour
200 gbrown sugar
250 gbutter (soft)
60 gbutter (melted)
200 gcream cheese
60 gconfectioner’s sugar
3 tspvanilla extract
1 tsplemon juice
2 tspbaking powder
1 tspbaking soda
1 tspcinnamon
0.25 tspnutmeg (ground)
1 tspsalt
butter for greasing
whipped cream to serve


standing mixer or hand mixer with beaters, oven, vegetable peeler, cake rack, baking pan, vegetable grater, whisk, cutting board, knife, 3 large bowls

Wine Tip

Rosé sparkling wine, 2012
A Rosé sparkling wine is lower in acidity than Riesling sparkling wine. It harmonizes both flavor-wise and visually with the sweet carrot. Rosé sparkling wines impress with a finely beaded and refined taste of delicate forest fruit.

Step 1

Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting

Preheat oven to 180°C/355°F. Peel and finely grate carrots.

oven, vegetable peeler, vegetable grater, cutting board, knife

400 g carrots

Step 2

Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting

In a standing mixer, or with a hand mixer with beaters, beat soft butter and brown sugar until pale and fluffy. Blend in two-thirds of the vanilla extract.

standing mixer or hand mixer with beaters

250 g butter / 200 g brown sugar / 2 tsp vanilla extract

Step 3

Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting

Now, blend in eggs, adding one at a time until fully incorporated.

4 eggs

Step 4

Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting

Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a bowl. Then, gradually whisk flour mixture into butter mixture until a smooth batter forms.

large bowl

250 g flour / 2 tsp baking powder / 1 tsp baking soda / 1 tsp cinnamon / 0.25 tsp nutmeg / 1 tsp salt

Step 5

Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting

Stir grated carrots into the batter.

Step 6

Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting

Grease baking pan. Transfer batter into the pan and smooth out the top. Bake in preheated oven at 180°C/355°F for approx. 40 – 50 min. Let rest for approx. 5– 7 min. Then, remove and allow to cool completely on a cake rack for approx. 50 – 60 min.

oven, cake rack, baking pan

butter for greasing

Step 7

Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting

For the cream cheese topping, whisk together cream cheese, melted butter, lemon juice, and remaining vanilla extract until smooth. Then stir in confectioner’s sugar little by little. Frost cooled cake with the topping and serve with some whipped cream to taste.

large bowl, whisk

200 g cream cheese / 60 g melted butter / 1 tsp lemon juice / 1 tsp vanilla extract / 60 g confectioner’s sugar / whipped cream to serve