Carrot Cake Recipe

This carrot cake recipe is undoubtedly the best that you will ever bake. The cake is moist and rich and the cream cheese frosting gives it a perfect finish. If you so wish, you may divide the batter into three layers instead of two. In that case, just work more sparingly with the frosting to spread it over three surfaces instead of two.

carrot cake recipe

The Best Carrot Cake (wortel koek)

The best ever carrot cake
4.43 from 7 votes
Pin Recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Cream Cheese Frosting 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Cake
Cuisine South African
Calories 6071 kcal


The Cake

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup cooking oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar white
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar muscovado
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups carrots coarsely grated
  • 1 cup pecan nuts chopped

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 230 grams cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla


The Cake

  • Cream eggs and sugar together.
  • Add milk and oil.
  • Add vanilla and mix.
  • Sift dry ingredients together, including spices.
  • Mix into fluids gradually.
  • Mix in carrots.
  • Mix in nuts.
  • Bake for 35 minutes at 180°C (350ºF).

Cream cheese frosting

  • Mix cream cheese, butter, icing sugar, and vanilla together until smooth. Spread between the two layers of the cake, on top and on the sides. Garnish with nuts and ornamental carrots.


Calories: 6071kcalCarbohydrates: 817gProtein: 79gFat: 289gSaturated Fat: 119gCholesterol: 1164mgSodium: 5793mgPotassium: 2843mgFiber: 29gSugar: 583gVitamin A: 71280IUVitamin C: 24mgCalcium: 1370mgIron: 22mg
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