Cinnamon Carrot Cake

Cinnamon Carrot Cake Recipe

Carrot Cake

 An easy homemade carrot cake recipe for super moist cake made from scratch.  This carrot cake is tender and perfectly spiced, with balanced sweetness.  This southern carrot cake recipe is sinfully delicious.

This is our best ever carrot cake recipe.  Make this classic favorite for a crowd and you might not have any leftovers to bring home.  The cake is full of flavor and moist without being mushy.  This cake is so delicious that frosting is optional.

Traditionally, carrot cake is baked in the spring with holidays like Easter. ¬†However, carrot cake is enjoyed year round in the south. ¬†When my favorite little shop in the French Quarter was out of carrot cake on a busy weekend, I knew I had to whip up my own version to satisfy my sweet tooth. ¬†That is the kind of inspiration behind this cake. ¬†I’ve always wanted to make Petit Fours and this recipe would be a great start to adapt from.

One of the reasons I love carrot cake so much is because the warm spices pair perfectly with frosting and ice cream. ¬†This carrot cake doesn’t need frosting, in fact, during the summer months I usually like to go light on desserts. ¬†However, adding a nice big scoop of vanilla bean ice cream is where it is at! ¬†Yesss, I’ll take the ice cream while it’s still hot outside.

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¬†This cake is perfectly spiced, light and moist. ¬†The thing I really love about this recipe is how easy it is to make. ¬†The last thing I want to do in summer in the south is bake a cake that requires a lot of work. ¬†This cake — doesn’t require a lot of work, it’s great to toss in the oven with dinner.

This recipe has everything I look for in a good cake. ¬†It’s moist, has great texture and has a wonderful balance of sweetness and spices.

Cinnamon Carrot Cake Recipe  Cinnamon Carrot Cake Slice

This carrot cake is sinfully delicious.  It has the perfect amount of spice and is fantastically moist and decadent, without being too compact and heavy.

The Recipe

Carrot Cake

A moist carrot cake recipe with a wonderful nutty and carrot flavor.

10 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

40 minTotal Time

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  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 cup grated carrots
  • 2 cup flour
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare cake pan by greasing it with butter. In a medium bowl fitted with a mixer, combine sugar and eggs and mix on medium/low for 4-5 minutes. Add flour, baking powder and cinnamon and mix for 1-2 minutes. Add thinly shredded carrots and walnuts and stir by hand. Pour in cake pan and bake for 30-35 minutes.

Recipe Type: Dessert

14 Responses

  1. Joanne

    Is there a typo with the measurement for the baking powder?

  2. cathy

    This looks amazing! I love carrot cake and adding the cinnamon is a nice touch! Following you now and saying hello from show stopper Saturday!


    I’m totally a carrot cake girl! I agree, why just have carrot cake around easter? Everyone eats carrots all year round, and the cake is too good to seclude to eating just around Easter. I usually love this cake frosted, but you’ve convinced me it will be great without it!! Such cute little carrots on each slice! Thanks for sharing ūüôā

  4. The Better Baker

    LOOOOVE carrot cake – yours looks wonderful…love the adorable carrots on top too. Pinned! Thanks for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck.

  5. Sapana

    This looks super delicious. I love the spongy carrot muffins. I am going to try this recipe!


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