The Ultimate Carrot Cake from Scratch

Yes, it takes extra time and a little work to make a carrot cake from scratch. Our step by step instructions tell you exactly what to do to create a luscious carrot cake that will wow the crowd.

With this recipe you can make a carrot cake with 2 thick layers or 3 thin layers. Just spread evenly between cake pans.

Garnish your carrot cake as you wish.

  • for a rustic look, generously frost between layers but leave the sides unfrosted
  • for the classic carrot cake look, frost the sides of the cake and press 2 c toasted finely shredded coconut around side (toast on cookie sheet in 350°F oven, shaking pan often, for 5-10 minutes)
  • an easy garnish is to sprinkle finely chopped walnuts on top
  • or {go big} and encircle top with 8-12 marzipan carrots, one for each slice

Want more? See all of our carrot cake ideas.

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