Classic carrot cake with cream cheese icing

Carrot cake recipe for Easter

When it comes to home baking, you can’t go past a classic carrot cake.

Deliciously moist and lightly spiced, this cake will become your go-to for afternoon teas, picnics, and lunchbox treats.

Combining the natural sweetness of carrots, some crunch from the pecan nuts, and a decadent cream cheese frosting, this carrot cake is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.



1 ¼ cups brown sugar

¾ cup vegetable oil

3 eggs

1 ½ cups plain flour

1 ½ teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1 generous teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

2 ½ cups grated carrot (approx. 3 large carrots)

1 ½ cups chopped pecan nuts


1 cup icing sugar

125g cream cheese, softened

50g unsalted butter, softened

1 teaspoon lemon juice

Zest of 1 lemon, finely grated

Classic carrot cake with cream cheese frosting


Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F).

Mix the sugar and oil in a bowl with an electric mixer for 2-3 minutes. Gradually add the eggs and beat well. Add the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and ginger, and mix thoroughly. Finally, add the carrots and pecans and gently mix until just combined.

Grease and line your cake tin with baking paper.

Pour the mixture into the cake tin (if you are making two layers simply half the mix and bake time).  

Bake for 1 hour or until a skewer comes out clean and dry.

To make the icing, place all ingredients into a food processor and mix until completely combined and the consistency is smooth and creamy.

Once cool, spread the cake with the cream cheese icing.


This recipe was originally published in our article 3 sweet treats to whip up this Easter.

Danielle Phyland - writer - SHE DEFINED

Danielle Phyland

Danielle Phyland is an avid traveller and loves to explore all corners of the globe.

With a professional career in tourism and business development, she loves experiencing the hospitality of local businesses.

A casual crafter and passionate home cook, Danielle is based in the creative northern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia.