Layered Carrot Cake


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Is there really anything better than Layered Carrot Cake slathered with Cream Cheese Frosting? I don’t think so! And if there is, I have yet to discover it 🙂

Layered Carrot Cake from (@whatsgabycookin)

With Easter right around the corner, and all sorts of other Spring celebrations (baby showers, birthdays, outdoor picnics etc) I thought it was high time to share my moms tried and true recipe for Carrot Cake!

Layered Carrot Cake from (@whatsgabycookin)

Because I like to live by the “more is more” motto, I doubled to the recipe to make a TRIPLE Layered Carrot Cake and then topped it off with a healthy dose of Cream Cheese Frosting. It’s a little/big slice of perfection and it’s a show stopper with all the flowers on the sides! You can decorate this with any number of toppings – or just keep it simple and frosted. I looooooove to add a flower moment on the cake – it makes it more of a centerpiece AND a dessert basically killing 2 birds with one stone. ON BRAND! I know you guys are going to love this one.

Layered Carrot Cake from (@whatsgabycookin)

Layered Carrot Cake from (@whatsgabycookin)

Layered Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

5 from 6 votes


For the Carrot Cake

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil or coconut oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 cups finely grated peeled carrots about 1 pound

For the Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 8- ounce packages cream cheese room temperature
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Lightly grease three 9-inch-diameter cake pans with 1 1/2-inch-high sides. Line bottom of pans with waxed paper. Lightly grease waxed paper. Using a large mixer, beat sugar and vegetable oil in bowl until combined. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg into sugar and oil mixture. Stir in carrots.
  • Pour batter into prepared pans, dividing equally. Bake until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean and cakes begin to pull away from sides of pans, about 45 minutes. Cool in pans on racks 15 minutes. Turn out cakes onto racks and cool completely.
  • Using a mixer, beat all frosting ingredients in medium bowl until smooth and creamy.
  • Place 1 cake layer on platter. Spread with 1 cup frosting on top. Top with another cake layer. Spread with 1 cup frosting. Top with remaining cake layer. And more swirls of icing on top.
  • Top with flowers and decorations as desired

Photo by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson / Recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking

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  1. Ali

    If I don’t have any oil can I replace with butter or half butter half water?

  2. Angela

    If you don’t double the recipe, would you make it in a 9×13?

  3. Ginger sutton

    This is beautiful, what are the green leaves used for decoration?

  4. Noreen

    If I bake it in a 9×13 pan, should I adjust the cooking time?

    • Gaby

      yes but I can’t say for sure since I didn’t test it that way! But when a knife is inserted in the middle and it comes out clean, you’re cook! I’d start at 30 mins

  5. Anne DeMaret

    What a spectacular-looking carrot cake! Will be making this for Easter this weekend. Can you share what the decorations are made of, and how to make them?

    • Gaby

      the decorations are just edible flower petals and leaves!

  6. Jodi

    I don’t have three 9″ cake pans – only two 8″ and one pie plate.
    Think I can use those and it will come out correctly? I tasted this cake at a shower last year – it is divine – and in the absence of family this Easter, it would be nice to make it. Thanks for any advice you can give me.

    • Gaby

      you could do the 8 inch pans and cook 3 batches. they’ll need a few extra minutes in the oven

    • Gaby

      absolutely – same baking temp. Keep your eyes on the bake time… probably 20ish minutes

  7. Katie

    My husband is requesting raisins in the carrot cake. Do you think I add 1/3c or so without it affecting the recipe?

    • Gaby

      that wouldn’t affect any of the baking times 🙂 enjoy!

  8. Kelli

    Would using the coconut oil suggestion change the texture of this cake? I followed the directions exactly and checking in them
    While baking…they look “spongy”. Thanks!

  9. Christine Elias

    Making this for Easter! Wax paper for the bottoms of the pans? Or Parchment paper? Do you cut out a circle or should the paper go up the sides? Thank you!

  10. Lauren E DiMascio

    If i just wanted to make one layer, how should I cut the recipe? In 3rds?

  11. Steph

    5 stars
    Hi Gaby!
    This looks fabulous!! I just finished baking the three layers for Easter tomorrow. Should I frost it today? Or should I wrap the layers in plastic wrap, refrigerate then frost tomorrow at room temperature? Cannot wait to eat it- smells divine!

  12. Kristina

    5 stars
    Mmm! Made this recipe into cupcakes since I’m a novice baker and that whole layer thing looked scary! Absolutely delish…half gone by noon! Thank you!

  13. Michael Bodine

    Would you know how to substitute einkorn wheat for the white flour?

    • Gaby

      No idea!! Not familiar with that variety!

  14. Vale

    Hi, I love this cake design, so elegant and so much finesse in executing this! What leaves did you use to decorate?

  15. Jom

    hi gabby!
    Do you bake each cake (pan) one at the time or bake all 3 pans at one time?

    thank you!

    • Gaby

      depends on the size of your oven. In my old house I did all 3 at once, and rotated them a few times so they baked evenly. My new oven sucks so I do one at a time

  16. Gudrun Kristjansdottir

    I really want to try to make this cake but I only have to pans, should I only do half recipe then?

    • Gaby

      you could do a full recipe, they;ll just be thicker

  17. Susan

    5 stars
    This is the best carrot cake I’ve ever made/had! It’s an Easter (and spring) must!

  18. Anne DeMaret

    Where to find the decorations? Made this last Easter and improvised …

    • Gaby

      these were edible flowers from my farmers market

  19. Betty Williamson

    Do you think your edible flowers were dandelions? Trying to research all the edible flowers that I could find at a local New Orleans farmer’s market. LOVE your beautiful cake!!!!

  20. Gigi Pulpan

    5 stars
    I made this for Easter and it was a huge hit. The best Carrot Cake I’ve ever had. Even better then our local bakery and there’s is fantastic. Thanks Gaby!!