Moist Carrot Cake Recipe
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This layered carrot cake recipe is a classic. Moist sponge perfectly spiced and finished with a cream cheese frosting that can’t be beaten. Whether you make one, two or three layers of cake, it will be delicious!

Classic Layered Carrot Cake Recipe with Cream Cheese Frosting

As a child, I avoided carrot cake… who puts vegetables in a cake after all. I actually don’t think I even tried it until my 30’s, and then, of course, wondered where it had been all my life.

My kids did not have the same aversion. In fact, my three-year-old twin boys found it hilarious when I told them I had made a cake with carrots… silly Mom. When they saw it they realized it was no laughing matter, and didn’t think twice before tucking in.

How Many Layers in a Carrot Cake? Quantities per Layer:

I made my layered carrot cake using 8-inch cake pans. Personally I love a small but tall cake, the more layers the better. But if you don’t have many to feed, three layers may be too much… it’s a serious cake!

I often find myself adjusting recipes for smaller quantities, often I’m just baking for myself and the kids. The recipe card below shows quantities for the full triple layer carrot cake. But in case it’s useful, here are the quantities per layer:

Ingredients for a single layer 8″ carrot cake:

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs (room temperature)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Carrot Cake Layered with Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients for frosting a single layer of carrot cake:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 8 oz cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 cups powdered sugar

Quantities for a full triple layered carrot cake below in recipe card:

Triple Layered Carrot Cake Recipe

However many layers you;re making, I hope you enjoy this classic cake. Let me know how it goes!