6 Ways with Carrot Cake

Ultimate Carrot Cake
Photo: Alison Miksch

While some recipe historians trace the roots of carrot cake back to medieval times, we disagree. We know exactly where the best carrot cakes come from – the oven of a Southerner's kitchen. Moist, flavorful, and covered in creamy frosting, carrot cake is a perfectly delightful dessert that satisfies a certain craving in a way unlike any other classic Southern cake. The sweet flavors of cinnamon, cream cheese, and carrots packed into traditional carrot cake recipes can be used in so many delicious desserts. For a tried-and-true classic, try our ultimate layered carrot cake recipe stacked high with layers of rich, custard-like cream cheese frosting. For a modern, tangy kick, try our Carrot Cake with Chevre Frosting made from flavorful goat cheese. When it comes to Carrot Cake recipes, it's never too early in the day to eat cake. For the ultimate occasion-worthy brunch dish, our Carrot Cake Pancakes topped with creamy frosting are absolutely show-stopping. To get your daily carrot cake fix with minimal effort, make a batch of our quick Carrot Cake muffins, packed with pecans, raisins, and pineapple, to grab on your way out the door every morning. Let them eat (carrot) cake!

01 of 06

The Ultimate Carrot Cake

Ultimate Carrot Cake
Alison Miksch

Recipe: The Ultimate Carrot Cake

These layers are tender, so remove from pans carefully!

02 of 06

Coconut-Carrot Cake with Coconut Buttercream

Coconut-Carrot Cake with Coconut Buttercream
Photo: Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Torie Cox; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Recipe: Coconut-Carrot Cake with Coconut Buttercream

This sheet cake is perfect for feeding a crowd.

03 of 06

Carrot Cake Pancakes

Carrot Cake Pancakes Recipe
Photo: Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Carrot Cake Pancakes

Use the small holes of a box grater to finely grate the carrots by hand; if you use a food processor, the carrots will be too wet, making the pancakes dense and less tender.

04 of 06

Carrot Cake Muffins

Carrot Cake Muffins
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Carrot Cake Muffins

With pecans, raisins, and crushed pineapple, these muffins are a breakfast-approved version of the classic dessert.

05 of 06

Apple-Pecan Carrot Cake

Apple-Pecan Carrot Cake
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Apple-Pecan Carrot Cake

Top a showstopping crown of Mascarpone Frosting with swirls of Apple Cider Caramel Sauce and a scattering of salty-sweet Spiced Pecans. Caramel sauce, rather than fosting, sandwiches together the moist cake layers.

06 of 06

Best Carrot Cake

Best Carrot Cake
Tina Cornett

Recipe: Best Carrot Cake

We're not lying when we say this is the best. Layers of delicious carrot cake are moistened with a Buttermilk Glaze and topped off with a sweet Cream Cheese Frosting.

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