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Cinnamon Carrot Cake

An easy homemade Carrot Cake recipe for a super moist cake made from scratch. This traditional carrot cake is tender and perfectly spiced, with balanced sweetness.  This southern carrot cake recipe is sinfully delicious.
Classic Carrot Cake - A moist carrot cake recipe with incredible sweet carrot flavor with spices. A traditional Easter dessert.

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.

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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.

Cinnamon Carrot Cake Recipe

 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.

Classic Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

A moist carrot cake recipe with a wonderful nutty and carrot flavor. A traditional Easter dessert recipe with incredible flavor!
4.34 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 289 kcal


  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 cup grated carrots
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup walnuts chopped, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Prepare cake pan by greasing it with butter.
  • In a medium bowl fitted with a mixer, combine sugar and eggs.
    Mix on medium/low for 4-5 minutes.
  • Beat in oil, and vanilla extract.
  • 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 or until center of cake comes out clean when a toothpick is inserted into the center.
  • Allow cake to cool before removing from pans.


Calories: 289kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 5gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 44mgPotassium: 200mgFiber: 2gSugar: 35gVitamin A: 5425IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 44mgIron: 2mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate and it’s accuracy is not guaranteed to be exact.

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16 Responses

  1. 5 stars
    The 5 stars is because this cake is delicious. I had a problem though. I greased a round pan very good. The cake was not done at 45 min. When I finally thought it was done, it stuck to pan so bad that I literally had to scoop it out. The center next to bottom of pan wasn’t done. The cake was good, but really just a mess. I will make it again, but possible put in a different pan. My oven thermometer showed that oven was correct heat. I do live at a high altitude. Any ideas?

    1. Barb, for high-altitude baking, try these adjustments: Lower oven temp by 25°F and increase baking time. Use a non-stick pan or parchment paper to prevent sticking. Reduce sugar by 1-2 tbsp per cup, add 2-4 tbsp more liquid, and slightly decrease baking powder. Add 1-2 tbsp extra flour for structure. Cool the cake in the pan for 10-15 minutes before removing. These tweaks should help with the uneven cooking and sticking issues.

  2. 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 🙂

  3. 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!

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