Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

120 mins (prep 45)
21 ingredients
1 (9-inch) layer cake or 1 (9- by 13-inch) sheet cake
Nick Malgieri, the director of baking and pastry programs at The Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, created this recipe exclusively for Epicurious. In lieu of a supersweet cream cheese frosting, this recipe contains slightly less sugar, so the tangy cream cheese flavor really sings. We love it, but if you have a sweet tooth, feel free to add up to 1 additional cup of confectioners' sugar. You can also bake this cake in a 9- by 13-inch baking pan. The baking time is about the same, but you'll only need half the frosting to cover the top of the cake. For more on carrot cake, including tips from Malgieri, see Classic Recipes: Carrot Cake.

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  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, for greasing the pans
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt or table salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup safflower or canola oil
  • 1 pound carrots, trimmed, peeled, and coarsely grated on the largest holes of a box grater or the fine grating blade of food processor (about 3 lightly packed cups total)
  • 2/3 cup walnuts or pecans, coarsely chopped, plus more lightly toasted nuts for garnish
  • 2/3 cup dark or golden raisins
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, chilled
  • 11 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted after measuring
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • equipment: 2 (9-inch-round, 2-inch-deep) cake pans or 1 (9- by 13-inch) baking pan; parchment paper; stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; 1 to 2 wire cooling racks


Serving Size (47.19 g)
Servings 19
Amount per Serving
Calories 187.65 Calories from Fat 180.81
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20.09g 587.24%
Saturated Fat 5.73g 543.9%
Trans Fat 0.36g %
Cholesterol 20.08mg 127.19%
Sodium 92.87mg 73.52%
Total Carbohydrate 2.58g 16.34%
Dietary Fiber 0.81 g 61.88%
Sugars 1.14 g %
Protein 0.31g 11.87%
Vitamin A 4222.58IU% Vitamin C 1.42mg%
Calcium 27.09mg% Iron 0.12mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
unbleached all-purpose flour, table salt, or, fine sea salt, freshly grated nutmeg, ground allspice, packed light brown sugar, large eggs, or, walnuts or pecans, dark or golden raisins, confectioners' sugar, pure vanilla extract