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Lynn Crawford's classic carrot cake

This carrot cake is a creamy tried-and-true recipe that is guaranteed to turn some heads.



  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups oil
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 cups grated carrots
  • 1 cup nuts walnuts

For the cream cheese frosting:

  • 225 grams cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Prepare two 9” pans or one 12” cake pan or one 9”x 13” sheet pan by lining with parchment or wax paper.
  2. Mix together in a bowl together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  3. In a bigger bowl, whisk together eggs, oil, sugars, and vanilla for about minute or so.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and mix for about two minutes more.
  5. Add the grated carrots and walnuts. 
  6. Pour batter in prepared cake pans and bake for approximately 45 to 50 minutes. Test for doneness by inserting a skewer, it should be dry when taken out. Cool then fill and frost with cream cheese frosting. Garnish with more nuts.
  7. To make the cream cheese frosting: a bowl beat together cream cheese and butter until creamy. Add in icing sugar and beat for a minute. Add vanilla. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat for another minute.

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