Super Moist Carrot Cake

A super moist, rich, simple, one layer carrot cake recipe made from scratch with chopped pecans and topped with cream cheese frosting.  This is great for Easter or to celebrate your favorite carrot cake loving person in your life!

Super Moist Carrot Cake Recipe for Easter or any special occasion.

Happy Friday to all!  We finally made it through the week and I’m looking forward to the weekend like it’s nobody’s business.  We are going kayaking with some friends on the bay later on and it’s supposed to be a beautiful day so I’m really excited.  I haven’t been kayaking since last summer when we were in Syracuse visiting my brother and have missed it.  What are your plans for the weekend?  I absolutely ADORE a good, moist carrot cake and made one for the first time at home a couple of months back.  Yes, I’ve been holding out on you with this wonderful carrot cake recipe and perfectly sweet cream cheese frosting.  Call me weird, but I would pick a good ol’ carrot cake over almost any other kind of cake at any given time… including chocolate ::::gasp:::::!  There I said it.  I do have a sick obsession with desserts, in general, but every now and then I love to do some crazy thing like add vegetables to my baked goods.  That’s the great thing about carrot cake….you can feel healthy eating it because carrots are so good for you ;)  Truly, it’s guilt free.

I love my carrot cake slightly on the denser side with a chockful of shredded carrots and chopped nuts and this cake gave me just that.  As soon as I saw this recipe on Sally’s Baking Addiction I knew that I would absolutely love this one!  The addition of the Greek yogurt is fabulous: it adds a lot of moisture and prevents the cake from drying out.

It’s also simple to make for a cake that is made from scratch because it avoids all of the busy work of layering and frosting.  You ONLY frost the top of this cake.  Easy peasy!  Have a great summer weekend!

Super Moist Carrot Cake Recipe for Easter or any special occasion.

Moist Carrot Cake

Cook Time: 32 minutes

8-10

Moist Carrot Cake

A super moist, rich, simple, one layer carrot cake recipe made from scratch with chopped pecans and topped with cream cheese frosting. This is great for Easter or to celebrate your favorite carrot cake loving person in your life!

Ingredients

  • Carrot Cake
  • 1 cup light or dark brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil (or melted coconut oil, or canola oil)
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt (plain or vanilla)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups very finely grated carrots
  • 3/4 cup pecan pieces
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  2. Spray 9 or 10 inch springform pan well with nonstick cooking spray. (Don't use a regular circle or square pan, as the cake may rise above and make a mess of your oven). Set aside.
  3. Take out the cream cheese to soften for the frosting if you haven't already done so.
  4. Make the carrot cake: In a large bowl with a handheld or stand mixer on medium speed, combine the brown sugar and oil.
  5. Beat in the yogurt until fully combined - about 60 seconds. Mixture will be gritty and thick.
  6. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  7. Mix in the vanilla. Set aside.
  8. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  9. With a spatula, stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined and all flour is incorporated into the mixture - do not overmix.
  10. Fold in the finely shredded carrots and pecan pieces.
  11. Pour into prepared springform pan.
  12. Bake cake for 32-38 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Do not overbake, which will dry out cake! Be careful to check the cake at 30 minutes, then again at 32. My cake took exactly 32 minutes.
  13. Allow cake to cool completely before frosting.
  14. Make the frosting: beat the softened cream cheese and butter together on medium speed for 2-3 minutes until soft, creamy, and thoroughly combined.
  15. Add 2 cups of powdered sugar and beat until thick and combined.
  16. Add 2 Tablespoons heavy cream and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract.
  17. Beat on medium speed for 2 more minutes.
  18. Add more powdered sugar (if needed) until desired thickness is reached.
  19. Add salt, which cuts the sweetness a little.
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These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, hiking, running, singing, animals, cruises, Disney World, , dining out, the Christmas season, fireworks, weddings, storms, 80's music, musicals, and my favorite pastime has always been baseball. Go Yankees!

40 Responses to “Super Moist Carrot Cake”

  1. July 12, 2013 at 12:40 AM #

    I’m actually road tripping to the east coast with the family this weekend and for the next week! I’m really excited, since it’s been a while since we’ve been to the east (I’m a midwest-ie). By the way, I’m a big fan of carrot cake, so this cake looks delicious, Ashley! I’d love to try it out sometime (:

    • July 12, 2013 at 1:36 AM #

      Thank you so much, Monica! Have a great time with your family!

  2. July 12, 2013 at 7:29 AM #

    Your cake is so cute Ashley! I love carrot cake and this looks delicious!

  3. July 12, 2013 at 12:26 PM #

    Carrot cake is my all time favorite cake! Yours looks beautiful! I love that you used Greek yogurt in it too, I’m sure it really is super moist. :)

  4. July 12, 2013 at 2:26 PM #

    I love how cute your carrot cake looks. I love me some carrot cake but never have made it, it’s on my list to do!

    • July 12, 2013 at 2:45 PM #

      Thanks, Pamela! This was my first carrot cake at home :)

  5. July 12, 2013 at 2:29 PM #

    My husband and I are both crazy for carrot cakes! Our absolute favorite is the cream cheese frosting –YUMMY! Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I love that cute carrot in the middle –nice touch! ;) Have a great time on your kayaking trip Ashley!

    • July 12, 2013 at 2:45 PM #

      The frosting is the best part!! Thanks so much, Anne!

  6. July 12, 2013 at 3:01 PM #

    I am obsessed with carrot cake!! This looks amazing!

    • July 12, 2013 at 3:07 PM #

      Me, too! I’m a carrot cake “snob”…it has to be really really moist for me to like it…

  7. July 12, 2013 at 3:06 PM #

    Delicious, Ashley! Thanks for making my carrot cake recipe. This was my birthday cake this year. That’s how much I love it. :)

    • July 12, 2013 at 3:07 PM #

      It’s awesome! Your recipes are always soo good!

  8. July 12, 2013 at 3:24 PM #

    Carrot cake is my faaavorite, and this is perfection, Ashley! Perfect recipe!

    • July 12, 2013 at 3:28 PM #

      Thanks, Georgia! I’m glad I have all of these other carrot cake fan lovers out there reading my blog :)

  9. July 12, 2013 at 3:28 PM #

    This carrot cake looks too good to be true! I’m not kidding, how can someone make something that looks this darn tasty and wonderful? And the Greek yogurt? That just seals the deal. I am very envious of whoever got to finish this baby off. Great post and beautiful pics!

    • July 12, 2013 at 3:29 PM #

      Wow, thanks Dan!! I’m glad you like the pictures!!

  10. July 12, 2013 at 5:11 PM #

    Wow! I just adore carrot cake (my blog is only 6 months old, and I already have two on there…a Carrot Cake Cheesecake Cake and a Paleo Carrot Cake), but I never thought of adding Greek yogurt! Pure genius for a super-moist carrot cake, Ashley! Thanks for sharing and have fun kayaking this weekend! :)

  11. July 12, 2013 at 5:58 PM #

    You instantly won me over with this one!! I am a HUGE carrot cake lover. I love the frosting/decorating going on here too!!

  12. July 12, 2013 at 8:29 PM #

    Carrot cake is totally my favorite too! I think it’s the cream cheese frosting :)

  13. July 12, 2013 at 9:01 PM #

    I’m a sucker for cakes and especially carrot cake. This does sound very moist and I’m certain it’s delicious especially with that yummy cream cheese frosting. Thanks for sharing.

  14. July 13, 2013 at 12:04 PM #

    This is such a yummy carrot cake, I wish I could have a piece right now with a cup of coffee.
    Love the addition of Greek yogurt and the cream cheese frosting.

    • July 13, 2013 at 3:50 PM #

      Thanks, Daniela! It really was a yummy cake!

  15. July 13, 2013 at 1:04 PM #

    This looks delicious! Love carrot cake!

    • July 13, 2013 at 3:50 PM #

      Me, too! Thanks, girl!

  16. July 14, 2013 at 2:51 AM #

    kayaking sounds like fun! Enjoy the weather and have a great time! How could you hold off sharing this recipe for so long!!! I love carrot cakes too and can’t wait to try this one. Thank you for sharing it….finally. ;) Have a wonderful weekend.

    • July 14, 2013 at 1:46 PM #

      I know – shame on me that I held out on you guys so long with this! haha. Thanks, Amy!

  17. July 14, 2013 at 4:24 AM #

    I love cream cheese frosting. One of my favorite cakes. Adding yogurt to the mix sounds like the perfect way to keep it moist. Have a super weekend. BAM

    • July 14, 2013 at 1:46 PM #

      The yogurt made a huge difference! Thanks, Bam!

  18. Nessa
    July 14, 2013 at 4:35 PM #

    Mmmm…. ;)

  19. July 14, 2013 at 5:42 PM #

    Your carrot cake looks so pretty and delicious! I don’t think I’ve ever tried carrot cake with pecans before but it sure sounds good.

    • July 15, 2013 at 12:14 AM #

      It’s so good! Thanks, Ruby!

  20. July 16, 2013 at 8:56 PM #

    Love the carrot on the top of this delicious looking cake!! ;) I always love eating desserts with added veggies too because then I don’t feel so bad!

    • July 16, 2013 at 11:10 PM #

      Awww thanks! The carrot was a last minute decision that I’m glad I did :)

  21. Barbara
    July 23, 2013 at 11:28 AM #

    I love love love this carrot cake. I mostly don’t frost it (because of diet) but it is fantastic!

    • July 23, 2013 at 1:57 PM #

      I’m sure it’s also great without the frosting! The cake itself is sweet enough :)

  22. Lacey
    July 25, 2013 at 3:30 PM #

    I’ve used applesauce instead of oil in carrot cake recipes before, do you think it would work in this one?? I’m a carrot cake fiend!!

    • July 25, 2013 at 6:23 PM #

      Hey, Lacey! If you have successfully replaced oil with applesauce in the past I don’t see why you couldn’t with this cake!

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