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Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

This sweet and flavorful carrot cake isn’t your average carrot cake. Packed with flavors from applesauce, ginger and vanilla, this is sure to be your new favorite carrot cake recipe. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 16 slices
Calories 236kcal
Author Imma


  • 2 8-inch cake pans 
  • large mixing bowl 
  • Medium mixing bowl 
  • Rubber spatula 
  • Electric mixer 


  • ¾ cup (187.5g) cinnamon applesauce  (optional)
  • ½ cup (113.5g) butter , softened 
  • ½ cup (125ml) oil 
  • ½ cup (115g) sour cream 
  • 3/4 -1 cup (198g) brown sugar  (see notes)
  • 3/4 -1 cup 200g) granulated sugar  (see notes )
  • 3 large eggs , room temp 
  • 2 ¼ cups (281.25g) flour 
  • 1 teaspoon (6g) baking soda 
  • 1 ½ teaspoons (6g) baking powder 
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5g) salt 
  • 1 teaspoon (2g) nutmeg 
  • 2 teaspoons (5.2g) cinnamon 
  • 1 teaspoon (5.27g) ground ginger 
  • 2 ½  cups (275g) shredded carrots 
  • 1 cup (117g) walnuts or pecans , chopped 
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Walnuts for garnish 


  • ½ cup (113.5g) butter , softened 
  • 8 oz (240g) cream cheese , softened 
  • 1 ½ teaspoons (6.3g) vanilla 
  • 2 cups (400g) powdered sugar 


  • Preheat oven to 350 F and lightly grease 2 8-inch cake pans. 
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together applesauce, butter, oil, sour cream, both sugars and eggs. Mix well. 
  • In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ground ginger. Add to egg mixture gradually. Mix well. Sifting the dry ingredients makes it easier to make sure every ingredient is mixed together well. If you don’t have a sifter, a metal strainer with very small holes will work just as good. 
  • Using rubber spatula, fold in carrots and walnuts. Stir in vanilla. 
  • Pour batter into baking pan and bake for 20-25 minutes until edges are golden. 
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, cream cheese and vanilla using an electric mixer on medium speed. Add sugar 1 cup at a time. Beat until smooth consistency.  
  • Let cake cool completely before frosting. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack.  
  • Frost cake and stick walnuts to sides of cake as garnish. 


  1. If using applesauce cut down sugar to 3/4 cup brown sugar and 3/4 cup granulated sugar. Apple sauce has quite a bit of sugar- and it makes it overly sweet.
  2. If using a 9x13 baking dish, cook for 35-40 minutes. 
  3. Pecans can be used in place of walnuts.  
  4. Plain applesauce can be used, the cinnamon just adds a nice flavor.  
  5. Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 199mg | Potassium: 137mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: -4g | Vitamin A: 3780IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg