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Naked Carrot Cake

This delicious dessert is made with real carrots and topped with a creamy cream cheese frosting. It's perfect for celebrating a special day!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword naked carrot cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
cooling Time 30 minutes
Servings 8


Cake Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • cups milk
  • 3 cups carrots grated
  • 1 cup walnuts chopped
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour

Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 brick (8 oz) cream cheese softened
  • 3 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • ¼ cup walnuts chopped, for top of cake, if desired


  • Get out and measure your ingredients.
    Overhead photo of all the ingredients needed to make naked carrot cake.

Cake Directions

  • Preheat your oven to 350ºF.
  • Prepare three 8.5” round baking pans by greasing them with butter or cooking spray. Set them aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs and sugar together.
    eggs and sugar to be mixed in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the milk.
    milk poured into the large mixing bowl.
  • Add the carrots and nuts. Mix together.
    carrots and nuts added to the large mixing bowl.
  • Bring water to a boil and stir in the baking soda.
  • Pour the baking soda mixture into batter and beat together.
    baking soda mixture pourd into the large mixing bowl.
  • Add the flour and beat again.
    flour added to the large mixing bowl.
  • Add in the vanilla.
    Vanilla poured into the large mixing bowl.
  • Beat until fully incorporated.
    all ingredients mixed well in a large mixing bowl.
  • Split the batter between the three prepared baking pans.
    carrot cake batter split into three identical prepared baking pans.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
    carrot cake layer baked in the oven for 20 minutes.
  • Allow the cakes to cool for 10 minutes before gently flipping them out of the pans onto parchment paper. Allow the cakes to cool completely before assembling.

Frosting Directions

  • Place the cream cheese and powdered sugar in a medium mixing bowl. Beat until smooth.
    cream cheese and powdered sugar mixed in a medium mixing bowl.
  • Add the vanilla. Beat until blended.
    Vanilla added to the mixing bowl.

Assembly Directions

  • Place one layer of the cake on a large plate.
    First layer of cake placed on a large plate.
  • Frost with ⅓ of frosting.
    One third of the frosting applied to the first layer of carrot cake.
  • Place another cake layer on top followed by another ⅓ of frosting.
  • Place final layer of cake on top with the remaining frosting.

Top of Cake

  • Either spread frosting all over top of cake in smooth layer OR in the middle of the cake in small pile or round design perhaps with walnuts piled on top too.

Side of Cake

  • Gently run your frosting knife around the cake to smooth out any excess frosting, if desired.
    All layers of the naked carrot cake assembled.
  • OR leave outside of carrot cake plain, just as is. Naked.
    Frosting added to the outside of the carrot cake.
  • Slice and serve. Enjoy every bite!
    A slice of carrot cake with a fork.