Carrot Bundt Cake

Indulge in pure bliss with our Carrot Bundt Cake – a moist symphony of grated carrots, crunchy pecans, and warm spices, crowned with a luscious, sweet frosting. Dessert perfection awaits!

Frosted and decorated Carrot Bundt Cake topped with walnuts on a white plate.

I love carrot cakes! This carrot cake recipe makes a cake that is moist and dense, thanks to the grated carrots and pecans folded into the batter. When you take a bite, you’ll experience a bright combination of flavors.

The cake itself has a mild sweetness, with the natural sweetness of the carrots shining through. Additionally, warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg create a cozy and comforting taste that complements the carrots perfectly.

Cakes simply make the best centerpieces, whether it’s a holiday, birthday, or getting together for dinner! If you’re a fan of cake like I am, you have to try my French Apple Cake, Mayan Chocolate Glazed Bundt Cake, and Apricot Coffee Cake!

Reasons To Love This Carrot Cake

  • Rich moisture from the grated carrots.
  • The unique flavor from the combination of sweet carrots, warm spices, and nuts.
  • With its attractive shape and decorative frosting, this cake is a feast for the eyes.
  • Carrots add a nutritional boost, making this cake a somewhat healthier dessert choice.
  • It’s a versatile dessert, easily adaptable with different nuts or spices that are perfect for various events.

Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients for carrot cake.
  • Granulated Sugar: Essential for sweetness and helping to create the cake’s tender texture.
  • Vegetable Oil: Adds moisture to the cake that makes it delightfully moist and rich.
  • Chopped Pecans: Add a nutty texture and rich flavor.
  • Spices (Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg, Cloves): These warm spices infuse the cake with classic carrot cake flavor.
  • Shredded Carrots: It provides the cake’s unique flavor and additional moisture.

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

Variations

  • Brown Sugar Substitute: Replace granulated sugar with brown sugar for a deeper, caramel-like sweetness without altering the overall flavor.
  • Applesauce for Oil: Use equal parts unsweetened applesauce instead of vegetable oil to reduce fat while maintaining moisture.
  • Whole Wheat Flour: Swap half of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour for added fiber and a nuttier taste, maintaining the cake’s texture.
  • Egg Replacement: For a vegan option, use flax eggs (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed mixed with 3 tablespoons water per egg) as a binder.
  • Walnuts Instead of Pecans: Use chopped walnuts in place of pecans. This will add a different nutty flavor while keeping the crunchy texture.

How to Make Carrot Bundt Cake

Step #1: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius). Then, butter and flour in a Bundt cake pan and set aside.

Bundt cake pan that has been buttered and floured.

Step #2: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

Dry ingredients for carrot Bundt cake whisked together in a glass bowl.

Step #3: In the bowl of a stand mixer, or in a medium bowl using a hand mixer, mix together the sugar, eggs, oil, and vanilla until combined.

Wet ingredients for a carrot cake in a glass bowl.

Step #4: Add the flour mixture into the bowl with the wet ingredients and mix until fully combined.

Dry cake ingredients added into the wet ingredients.

Step #5: Next, add in the shredded carrots and pecans, and mix until everything is combined.

Carrots and pecans being folded into the cake batter.

Step 6: Pour the batter into your prepared Bundt cake pan and bake for 60-70 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

Cake batter in the Bundt cake pan before baking.

Step #7: Allow the cake to cool before removing it from the pan.

Carrot Bundt cake in the pan after it has finished baking.

Step #8: While the cake is baking, prepare the cream cheese frosting.

Ingredients for cream cheese frosting.

Step #9: In a bowl, using a hand mixer or a stand mixer, beat together the cream cheese, milk, and confectioner’s sugar until smooth.

Cream cheese frosting ingredients in a glass bowl.

Step #10:Then, using a piping bag, frost the top of your Bundt cake, sprinkle some chopped pecans on top, serve, and enjoy!

Frosted and decorated Bundt cake with a small bowl of pecans on the side.

Expert Tips

  • Proper Pan Preparation: Thoroughly butter and flour your Bundt pan to prevent sticking. Make sure to get into all the crevices for an easy cake release.
  • Sift Dry Ingredients: Sifting flour, baking soda, and spices helps to aerate them, resulting in a lighter, more even cake texture.
  • Avoid Overmixing: Just mix the batter until the ingredients combine to prevent the development of too much gluten, which can toughen the cake.
  • Accurate Baking Time: Start checking the cake for doneness at the 60-minute mark. A toothpick inserted into the cake should come out clean.
Slice of carrot cake on a plate with the rest of the cake on a cake stand in the background.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I substitute the vegetable oil in this carrot Bundt cake recipe?

Yes, you can substitute the vegetable oil with an equal amount of melted butter or a neutral-flavored oil like canola or sunflower oil. Keep in mind that the choice of fat may slightly alter the flavor and texture of the cake.

Can I use store-bought shredded carrots instead of grating my own?

While it’s preferable to grate fresh carrots for the best texture and flavor, you can use store-bought shredded carrots as a convenient alternative. However, make sure they are well-drained and not overly wet to avoid excess moisture in the cake.

Can I add raisins to the carrot Bundt cake?

Of course! My preference is to leave them out of this particular recipe, but you can definitely fold some into the batter along with the carrots and pecans to add another texture and burst of sweetness to your cake.

What makes Carrot Bundt Cake moist?

The grated carrots and vegetable oil in the recipe contribute to its moist texture.

Storage Info

Store your Carrot Bundt Cake at room temperature under a cake dome or wrapped in plastic wrap for up to 5 days. For longer storage, you can freeze it for up to 3 months; wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and then foil. Avoid reheating the entire cake as it can dry out; instead, individual slices can be warmed in the microwave for a few seconds. Thaw the frozen cake overnight in the refrigerator before serving. Remember, frosted cakes are best eaten at room temperature.

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Carrot Bundt Cake on a plate.

Carrot Bundt Cake Recipe

Indulge in pure bliss with our Carrot Bundt Cake – a moist symphony of grated carrots, crunchy pecans, and warm spices, crowned with a luscious, sweet frosting. Dessert perfection awaits!
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Course: Dessert, Desserts
Cuisine: American, North American
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 16 slices
Calories: 454kcal
Author: Linda
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Ingredients

For the Cake

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

For the Frosting

  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 3 Tbsp whole milk
  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans - optional garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius). Then, butter and flour in a Bundt cake pan and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, or in a medium bowl using a hand mixer, mix together the sugar, eggs, oil, and vanilla until combined.
  • Add the flour mixture into the bowl with the wet ingredients and mix until fully combined.
  • Next, add in the shredded carrots and pecans, and mix until everything is combined.
  • Pour the batter into your prepared Bundt cake pan and bake for 60-70 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Allow the cake to cool before removing it from the pan.
  • While the cake is baking, prepare the cream cheese frosting.
  • In a bowl, using a hand mixer or a stand mixer, beat together the cream cheese, milk, and confectioner's sugar until smooth.
  • Then, using a piping bag, frost the top of your Bundt cake, sprinkle some chopped pecans on top, serve, and enjoy!

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NOTES

Storage Info:
Store your Carrot Bundt Cake at room temperature under a cake dome or wrapped in plastic wrap for up to 5 days. For longer storage, you can freeze it for up to 3 months; wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and then foil. Avoid reheating the entire cake as it can dry out; instead, individual slices can be warmed in the microwave for a few seconds. Thaw the frozen cake overnight in the refrigerator before serving. Remember, frosted cakes are best eaten at room temperature.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 454kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 258mg | Potassium: 162mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 4174IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1mg

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