Simple and Easy Carrot Cake Recipe

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Looking for a very easy Carrot Cake recipe that you can make for your family this spring? This simple recipe that follows is something I’ve been making for a quick dessert lately to use up some carrots!

a slice of carrot cake on a plate

Easy Carrot Cake Recipe

I recently had a bunch of colored carrots leftover from our recent bulk foods coop order so what was my first plan of action with them? To make an easy carrot cake!

This recipe is simple and makes a small recipe that fits in an 8×8 pan or a 9 inch round pan which is perfect for our family since we don’t eat much dessert. If you have a larger family or just want plenty of leftovers, you can double the recipe and bake it in a 9×13 pan.

You can also make this recipe into cupcakes if you prefer.

I make this recipe with my all purpose gluten free flour but you can also make it with regular flour. It contains no dairy so it’s naturally dairy-free. Enjoy!

Ingredients in Easy Carrot Cake

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (or all purpose gluten free flour)
  • 1 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups grated peeled carrots
  • 1/4 cup raisins (optional)
Carrot Cake Batter

Step by Step Instructions for Making Easy Carrot Cake

In a large bowl, combine the oil, sugar, vanilla, eggs, and carrots. (You can also add in raisins if you want to.) Mix together well.

Add in the remaining ingredients and mix until no lumps of any one ingredient remain.

Carrot Cake in Pan

Pour the batter into a greased 8×8 baking dish or a 9 inch round cake pan. I have this Lodge 8×8 Enamel Baking Dish.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Carrot Cake

You can also frost the cake if you wish with your favorite Cream Cheese Frosting recipe.

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Easy Carrot Cake Recipe

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Easy Carrot Cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour or all purpose gluten free flour
  • 1 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups grated peeled carrots
  • 1/4 cup raisins optional

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the oil, sugar, vanilla, eggs, and carrots. (You can also add in raisins if you want to.) Mix together well.
  2. Add in the remaining ingredients and mix until no lumps of any one ingredient remain.
  3. Pour the batter into a greased 8×8 baking dish or a 9 inch round cake pan.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for about 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

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10 Comments

  1. Hi Merissa,
    I’d like to make this with almond flour, do you know if the ratio is the same? Use less or more?

    1. I was going to ask the same thing. In my experience when shifting baked goods to almond flour, you can start with the same ratio but can usually add more based on consistency.

  2. 5 stars
    I made this today and doubled the recipe. Other than leaving out the raisins, I followed the recipe exactly. This will be my new carrot cake recipe! Thanks so much for sharing! I used my own cream cheese frosting recipe. This is such a moist and flavorful cake…I would of liked to share it with my FB friends but didn’t see any way to from here. Maybe I can share it from your FB pg.

  3. Just took this out of the oven, I made it with my sprouted whole wheat flour. OMG, smells so good!