Perfect Carrot Cake

TYPE : Classic
YIELD : 16 servings
CALORIES : 553 kcal
PREP TIME : 30 minutes
COOK TIME : 50 minutes
TOTAL TIME : 1 hour 50 minutes


  • 2 cups (5 dl) grated carrots
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup (1.5 dl) brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup (1.5 dl) white sugar
  • 2/3 cup (1.5 dl) neutral oil
  • 2/3 cup (1.5 dl) sour cream or crème fraîche
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract, or 2 tsp vanilla sugar
  • 2 cups (5 dl) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 16 oz (450 g) cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 stick (170 g) soft butter
  • 1 – 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 4 cups (500 g) powdered sugar

  • 1 cup (2.5 dl) pecans or walnuts, for decorating


  • Set the oven to 350°F (175°C) and line, or grease a 9-inch (23 cm) spring form.
  • Peel and grate the carrots.
  • In a clean bowl, beat eggs and sugar until light and creamy, then mix in sour cream, oil and vanilla extract.
  • Sift the dry ingredients and carefully stir them in, before finally adding the carrots.
  • Pour into the prepared springform and bake for 45-50 minutes (check with a cake tester or toothpick).
  • Allow the cake to cool completely before removing it from the pan and slicing it into three equal layers.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Beat the cream cheese first to soften, then add butter and lemon juice. When mixed, add powdered sugar and beat until perfectly smooth and fluffy.
  • Spread the frosting generously on each layer, then cover the cake completely.
  • Decorate with chopped or whole nuts.


This cake tastes even better the next day!
If you prefer nuts and/or raisins in the sponge, feel free to add them. Personally, I think that the nuts stay more crunchy on the outside and raisins can make the cake overly sweet.
Sheet cake version: bake in a lined 9 x 13 inch (23 x 33 cm) pan and prepare half the amount of frosting. Spread only on top and decorate with nuts. Cut into squares and serve, or freeze for later.

Finished beauty.

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