One-Layer Frosted Carrot Cake Recipe

one layer carrot cake
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  • 60 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: 9 servings carrot cake
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This quick-and-easy one-layer frosted carrot cake is baked in an 8 or 9-inch square pan, a nice size for most small families.

Adding raisins or chopped dates to this already moist cake makes for an even moister end product. The recipe easily can be doubled, and baked in a 13 x 9-inch pan. The frosting recipe will be ample for topping a sheet pan cake of this size.

If you choose to make a layer cake, double the recipe for the batter and bake two (9-inch) round pans. Cut each 9-inch layer in half horizontally to make a four-layer cake. Fill and frost with a double recipe of cream cheese frosting.

What You'll Need

  • For the Cake:
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, stirred before measuring
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large room-temperature eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup raisins or chopped dates (optional)
  • For the Frosting:
  • 1 (3-ounce) package room-temperature cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon warm water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups sifted confectioners' sugar

How to Make It

Make the Cake

  1. Heat oven to 325 F (15 C). Grease and flour an 8- or 9-inch square pan and set aside.
  2. Measure flour and add to a large mixing bowl along with the sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Blend for 1 minute on low speed of electric mixer.
  3. Stir carrots, nuts, and optional raisins or dates into the batter. Pour into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack. Frost cooled cake with cream cheese frosting. Store leftovers in the refrigerator. Let come to room temperature before serving.

    Make the Frosting

    1. In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese with water and vanilla until well mixed. Gradually add the confectioners' sugar, beating until smooth and of spreading consistency.
    2. This recipe will yield about 1 1/2 cups, enough to frost the top and sides of a 9-inch square cake or the top of a 13x9-inch cake. Double this recipe to frost a layer cake.

    Quick Measurement and Temperature Conversion Chart

    When converting American measurements to metric measurements, this handy chart is a quick way to make sure you are using the correct ingredient proportions.

    It includes measurement by weight and volume and temperature conversion from Fahrenheit to Celsius to gas mark.