Mom and Dad’s Carrot Cake

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | October 5th, 2020 | Desserts, Recipes

What make this carrot cake special?
It’s all in the way you prepare the carrots.

carrot cake with cream cheese frosting


carrot cake with cream cheese frosting

Mom & Dad’s Carrot Cake

Michele Pesula Kuegler

Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins

Course Dessert

Servings 12



  • 4-1/3 cups baby carrots
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup walnuts optional
  • 1 batch cream cheese frosting



  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Heat a medium-sized pot of water to boiling.
  • Add carrots, and cook until fork tender.
  • Drain carrots, and roughly mash by hand.
  • Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in the bowl of a stand mixer.
  • Add carrots and blend on speed 2 for 1 minute.
  • Mix in oil, then add eggs, one at a time, beating until combined.
  • Stir in nuts.
  • Pour batter into a greased and floured bundt, 13”x9”, or 2 9-inch round pans.
  • Bake bundt for 70 minutes/13”x9” for 45 minutes/9" for 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in cake comes out clean.
  • Cool in pan for 10 minutes.
  • Remove cake from pan, and cool completely on a rack.
  • Top with your favorite cream cheese frosting recipe.

Keyword carrot cake

This recipe is from the deep, dark archives of Think Tasty. It was only the 61st article on this site, and now I have over 2,100 published. It’s crazy to think about. Over the past dozen years, I have alternated between this recipe and the classic version, which uses shredded carrots, for many a birthday cake. Both are delicious, but this recipe definitely is unique and sparks conversation. If you’re seeking a little carrot cake in your life, this could the recipe you need.

To learn more about this recipe, originally published in January 2008, keep reading.

Last January my parents celebrated their 40th anniversary.  All three kids came home for the celebration.  Mom and Dad wanted a simple, enjoyable evening for everyone.  So, we headed to my parents’ favorite restaurant for an early dinner.  To extend our evening, we returned to our parents’ house for dessert and coffee.  Being the family baker, I offered to provide the dessert.  The happy couple chose carrot cake.  (A great choice not only for taste but also for the health benefits of walnuts and carrots in a tasty cake!)

Since then I haven’t had an occasion to make another carrot cake.  But as January arrived, there was reason to make that same dessert.  Again it was the dessert chosen by my parents, but it was for a different celebration.  Mom and Dad are retiring and heading to a warmer climate.  Done with ice and cold, they have sold their house and will be leaving for shorts and flip-flops in the next few days.

Our family gathered for a late lunch this past weekend.  Wanting to spend more time together, everyone came back to our house after the meal.  Among the pleasant conversation, giggling children, and long hugs, there was carrot cake for all.

While the reason for making this cake wasn’t the happiest, it will be part of this family memory.

  1. Mom and Dad says:

    We love this dessert and the memories of family that it brings

  2. […] start to our evening.  Followed by grilled-to-order steaks, roasted potatoes and asparagus, and carrot cake, it was a fabulous night of eating and chatting.  I am looking forward to both making the dip and […]

  3. Doris says:

    Fully agree with Michele, it was a fabulous night with friends. The carrot cake was phenomenal!

  4. […] with cream cheese frosting, if desired. Share and […]

  5. […] Share There are two types of cake that vie for the position of favorite cake.  One of those is carrot cake, which I adore for its moist texture and sweet yet savory frosting.  The other is wedding cake, […]

  6. […] hard to believe that it’s been so long, but four and a half years ago I wrote about making carrot cake for my parents.  Since that time, carrot cake has become a favorite dessert item in our house, […]

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