Sweet, spiced, and positively loaded with carrots: this  One Layer Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting delivers on a spring classic in smaller proportions - perfect for your Easter celebrations!

all purpose flour baking powder baking soda cinnamon nutmeg salt unsalted butter brown sugar large eggs grated carrots shredded coconut cream cheese powdered sugar vanilla extract

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8-inch or 9-inch round cake pan and line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper to give extra insurance that the cake will come out cleanly. Just trace the bottom of the pan on a sheet of parchment paper and cut it out, then place inside the pan.

Get Prepared

2. In a medium bowl, whisk the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.  Set aside.

Dry Ingredients

3. In a large microwave-safe bowl (I use a large glass bowl), or on the stove, melt the butter.  Let it sit for a couple minutes to cool, then whisk in the brown sugar, followed by the eggs one at a time, until combined and smooth.

Wet Ingredients

4. Dump the dry ingredients into the bowl with the wet ingredients and stir together until well-combined and no lumps remain. 5. Fold in the carrots and shredded coconut until evenly distributed.


6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smooth out the surface, and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until cake springs back when touched and a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.


7. Let cake cool in pan on a rack for 10 minutes, then invert the pan onto the rack to release the cake, remove the parchment from the bottom, and flip back right side up onto a cake plate.

Cool the Cake

8. Beat cream cheese and butter at high speed until pale and very fluffy – this should take 2-3 minutes. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt, and beat at medium to high speed until fully combined and light.

Mix The Frosting

9. Spread cooled cake with cream cheese frosting. It should make a thick layer, and can be swirled in pretty patterns with an offset spatula. 10. Decorate the outer edges of cake with additional grated carrots and chopped walnuts or pecans if desired.