I had lost all hopes of having a decent birthday when the lockdown extension was announced. The thought of not going out, not seeing my friends, and not enjoying a meal at my favourite restaurant would completely devastate me! BUT I was completely wrong. I celebrated my birthday with my family; bonding and enjoying every single moment. There might never come a time again, when we are not as distracted as we are in daily life. So, this quarantine has been a blessing in disguise, for me to realize the importance of being just with myself and my lovely family. Now I of course had to bake my own birthday and my sister’s cake, since we are twins. So, I baked a carrot cake. Actually, I baked the best carrot cake in the world.
Now, of course I know that a carrot cake is not your traditional birthday cake. But who set the rules anyway? Plus, this is not your average carrot cake. This happens to be the best carrot cake in the world. I guarantee this. I love carrots, and I’m sure you will enjoy this cake as much as I did! And of course since there were two birthdays I had to double up the cake right? This led to me making a two tiered carrot cake, which made the celebration even bigger! This has to be my favourite carrot cake recipe and the best carrot cake in the world too. Hehe.
Not to forget, thank you so so much everyone. Your wishes yesterday absolutely overwhelmed me. This recipe of the delicious and truly the best carrot cake is dedicated to all of you lovely humans!
USING CARROTS IN YOUR CAKE
I have time and again reminded all of you that your fruits and ingredients need to be 100% clean and fresh before you go ahead and use them in your desserts.
For this carrot cake, you need to properly grate your carrots. Further, even though you might be an ardent lover of carrots, big carrot pieces will not taste good and will make the batter lumpy. Big pieces will undeniably take more time to cook and may only be partially cooked even though this best carrot cake is fully baked.
Lastly, we do not squeeze the water out of the carrots for the best carrot cake. The cake, in general, does not have a lot of liquids like milk or water. What gives it a good consistency are the carrots and the water constituted in them.
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TIPS FOR THE PERFECT CREAM CHEESE FROSTING for the best carrot cake
This cake has a yum filling of cream cheese. I am not even joking about this, cream cheese is my weakness. Be it cupcakes or not-too-sweet cakes, be it parties or birthdays, any dessert topped with this cream cheese frosting is nothing less than heaven on a plate!
Tips for baking a smooth and delicious cream cheese frosting:
- It is best if all your ingredients are at room temperature only
- Use softened butter only in order to avoid lumps
- Do not use low-quality cream cheese or any cream cheese with high water content. They will make your frosting really runny. You can easily get Britannia or Mooz cream cheese from your nearby grocery store.
For this best carrot cake, I have used the following recipe:
1 cup butter, 2 cups cream cheese, and 2.5 cups icing sugar. Just blitz it all up with a hand blender and you’re good to go!
If you make it, please tag me on Instagram too!
INGREDIENTS FOR THE BEST CARROT CAKE in the world
This recipe of the best carrot cake has a smooth and delicious cream cheese frosting. The frosting balances with the cake’s flavor automatically and in a uniform manner. Click here for the cream cheese frosting recipe I used to top the best carrot cake!
WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR, is readily available to us. It is also the healthier flour choice, since it is processed less. The whole wheat flour also adds a depth of flavour in our carrot cake.
SUGAR, here I have added both white and brown sugar. The brown sugar compliments the carrots so much. It gives our carrot cake a very caramel-y taste. However you can definitely just do one kind of sugar, whether it be brown or white.
EGGS, always make sure the eggs that you use are at room temperature. In Fact all of your baking ingredients should usually be at the same temperature.
CRUNCHY AND CHEWY BITS, texture is such a major thing for me. Different textures add so much more to your dessert. The lovely crunch I’m using walnuts here, they compliment the carrot so well. For the chewy goodness, I’m using dried cranberries.
However, you can replace walnuts with almonds and cranberries with raisins. You can also omit these altogether if that is what floats your boat.
Making this best carrot cake recipe as a double-tiered cake
I DO NOT believe in making just one cake and cutting it in half. That for me is just too messy. It’s like a crime site, crumbs falling everywhere, an uneven lopsided cake. Too much mess!
The way I do it is by baking the cake in two different cake tins. The batter of the best carrot cake can bake separately. If you retain their shapes, they can be layered easily!
The quantities mentioned below, will make 2 of these best carrot cakes. However if you aren’t in the mood to be as extra as i was for my birthday, you can half this recipe. Haha! What can i say? I wanted the frills for my birthday!
- 2 cup whole-wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1 cup + 4 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 cup castor sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 4 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 cup grated carrots
- 1⁄4 cup crushed walnuts + more to decorate 1⁄4 cup dried cranberries
- Zest of 1 orange
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line two 8-inch round cake pans with
- parchment paper.
- Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, zest of an orange and
- cinnamon powder.
- In a separate bowl, beat the vegetable oil, the sugars, eggs, and vanilla for 5-6
- Fold in the dry ingredients into the wet without over-mixing, followed by the grated
- carrots ,cranberries and walnuts.
- Transfer the batter into the cake pans and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a skewer
- inserted into the centre comes out clean. When baked, let the cake cool down.
- After the cake has sufficiently cooled down, frost with cream cheese frosting on top of the first cake. Layer it with the second cake, add more frosting and decorate with walnuts.
Looks heavenly, can’t wait to try this out!
Instead of cream cheese, can I use hung curd please? Similar taste and texture right? Please advise!
Hi, summer carrots available now, taste will be fine using them???
Hi Shivesh.. the whole wheat carrot cake turned out amazing ??????? Thanks for motivating us all the time… using the same recipe with wheat flour what can I substitute the eggs with??
Hi Shivesh.. my first try using whole wheat for cakes and the whole wheat carrot cake turned out amazing ??????? I made the single last Ayer one in your previous video.. Thanks for motivating us all the time… using the same recipe with wheat flour what can I substitute the eggs with??
What brand of cream cheese will be good? i am trying this for the first time.
Tanya Malkoti says
Hi. What if we replace Carrots with Beet root?
Hey shivesh ! Can i bake this in a bundt pan .Would the cooking time change since I would bake the entire batter at once.
Absolutely yummy and totally foolproof!!! Everyone loves this cake! Shared your recipe link with two other friends and they also loved it! ??
Sandhya Rathod says
Tried this recipe today n the cake turned out amazing, super moist n delicious!!! I just used brown sugar completely ?? thank you for such an easy to follow recipe!!
Thank you for this lovely recipe.
Can I replace oil with Butter? Will the quantity be same? Will butter make it more dry than oil?
Thank you 🙂
Hi is this a one kg cake?
I have tried this cake and honestly cake was really moist and amazing in taste. I half the recipe to make it a loaf cake. Also I have watch Shivesh baking tips video and learnt really good trick to cut and fold method to mix the batter and it works wonder for me. I look forward to try more recipes.. thank you
Can I make this in a loaf pan and how would I change the proportions?
Hi would one cup be 260g in this recipe?
Abhipsa S says
Tried your recipe with bit of variation. Used APF instead of wholewheat one and added 1 tbsp milk to the batter. They turned out to be perfect. Thank you.
Amazing cake, super moist everybody loved it! Definitely recipe to save!
Jency Samuel says
Awesome recipe 🙂 One cup is how many grams ??
Rupali Kohli says
I want to make this carrot cake with eggless version. Please post a recipe of an eggless carrot cake!
Thanks in advance ?
Vivek Agarwal says
Egg substitute pls.
Can red carrot be also used for this cake. If we use red carrots will the taste be any different?
Tried this and it turned out amazing. Thankyou Shivesh!!!
For Cream cheese frosting –
A. Can we work with homemade cream cheese?
B. Salted or unsalted butter?
Stanimira Dervenova says
Baked it for the New Year celebration with my family. It was a huge success. The recipe is very accurate in all aspects: ingredients, as well as procedure. I have used several other recipes before, but this was the best carrot cake I have ever made . Thanks, Shivesh 🙂
Tanimaa Mehra says
First-ever attempt at making frosting, that too with homemade cream cheese…
The result was just amazing… Must try – easy to follow the recipe with readily available ingredients.
Thanks For Sharing this Amazing Recipe. My Family Loved It. I will be sharing this Recipe with my Friends. Hope They will like it.
Kiruthiga Velusamy says
Delicious soft and moist carrot cake. Everyone loved the cake. Thanks Shivesh. I baked at 140C for 35 minutes in convection oven.
Hey Shivesh!! I really want to try this recipe. But the measurements are not available in grams. I feel that the recipes turn out great when you have those exact measurements. It would be great if you can translate the cup measurements to grams please. And I will half the recipe 🙂
Trying it today !
Hi Shivesh,baked this cake yesterday and turned out really amazing.i just replaced wheat flour with maida and decreased the quantity of ingredients.thank you for the awesome recipe!Happy Baking
Hi can I have the recipe with measurements.Thank you.?
Hey Shivesh. Tried this recipe. It was super good. Only wanted to know if I could cut down the sugar.
If I have to replace the 1 cup of brown sugar with castor sugar, then how much of castor sugar should I add in total?
Can I replace jaggery for castor sugar and brown sugar?
Any replacement for orange zest?
All your recipes are wonderful. I always get so many compliments when i bake using your recipes.. i had a question on this one.. Is it possible to make these into Cupcakes?
Hi shivesh .. really loved the carrot cake
Is it possible to share the recipe in grams
Would really appreciate that
Sheeba Hussain says
Temperature at which cake is to be baked is not mentioned..Can I bake at 180 degrees?
box of cake says
really i appreciate, you made and guide properly regarding cake recipe now i want to try this recipe pictures also looking very awesome
You can never get enough of this cake…
It just perfect for any occasion
I’ve tried it a dozen times and it’s one of my favourite cakes
Thank you Shivesh for this amazing recipe
I tried this recipe! Cake turned out amazing ?
Pl share recipe and ingredients of cream cheese frosting