Grandma’s Carrot Cake

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Carrot cake holds a special place in many people’s hearts, often reminding us of cherished memories spent with loved ones. In my family, there is no carrot cake quite like my grandma’s. With its moist texture and delectable cream cheese frosting, it has become a beloved tradition that brings us all together. Join me as we explore the story behind this timeless recipe – a symbol of love, nostalgia, and the joy of baking.

A key factor that sets my grandmother’s carrot cake apart is the attention to detail she puts into selecting the ingredients. She firmly believes that using freshly grated carrots makes a significant difference in the overall flavor and texture. This attention to quality extends to every step of the process, ensuring that each bite is a taste of perfection.

One cannot discuss carrot cake without mentioning its distinctive combination of flavors. The delicate sweetness of the cake itself harmonizes perfectly with the earthiness of the carrots. However, it is the addition of warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg that truly elevates this dessert to another level. These flavors infuse the cake with a comforting aroma and add depth to each mouthful.

No carrot cake is complete without a generous slathering of cream cheese frosting. Grandma painstakingly whips together cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, and a hint of vanilla extract until they reach a silky smooth consistency. This tangy yet sweet frosting provides the perfect balance to the rich flavors of the cake, creating a match made in dessert heaven.

Beyond its tantalizing taste, my grandmother’s carrot cake carries within it a legacy of love. This recipe has been passed down through generations, from her own grandmother to my mom and now to me. Each time I make this cake, I feel connected to my family’s history and the invaluable bond we share.

Grandma’s carrot cake is more than just a dessert; it is a slice of family heritage. Its flavors transport us back to simpler times, reminding us of cherished moments spent gathered around the table. As I continue to bake this beloved recipe, I am grateful for the opportunity to keep our family traditions alive and to savor the joy it brings.

Grandma’s Carrot Cake

This moist carrot cake recipe I’m sharing with you today is my grandmother's "secret" carrot cake recipe.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16


  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar packed
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups carrots grated see note
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • teaspoon ground clove
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Pecans for garnishing if desired


  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Grease and flour 3 round cake pans. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl cream together oil, sugar, and brown sugar.
  • Mix in eggs and vanilla extract.
  • Fold in carrots. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove.
  • Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, alternating with the buttermilk until well combined.
  • Pour the batter evenly into the prepared cake pans.
  • Baked for 15-18 minutes or until moist crumbs cling to a toothpick inserted into the center. Do not over bake. The cake will continue cooking as it cools.
Keyword carrot, carrot cake, retro recipes
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