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    Easy Moist Carrot Sheet Cake

    This super easy and moist carrot sheet cake is bursting with flavor, infused with heaps of cosy spices, nuts and of course – carrots! Boasting the most wonderfully soft cake layer, and topped with a velvety, tangy cream cheese frosting, this carrot sheet cake is perfect for feeding (and pleasing!) a crowd. This recipe is a sheet cake version of my original 5 star rated carrot layer cake.

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    Why You’ll Love This Carrot Sheet Cake Recipe

    This carrot cake recipe is a ‘sheet cake version’ of my original carrot cake recipe, which to date has over 50 five star reviews! It truly is a special recipe, and here’s why:

    Texture

    This carrot sheet cake recipe is super moist and soft due to a few key ingredients – oil (unflavored vegetable oil), yoghurt, soft brown sugar (adds additional moisture compared to granulated sugar) and crushed pineapple. Yes you heard that right – pineapple!

    Here in New Zealand, pineapple is quite a common ingredient used in carrot cake. It adds incredible flavor and moisture to the cake.

    This recipe also has walnuts and/or pecans running through the cake which add wonderful crunch to the very moist cake!

    Flavor

    This carrot sheet cake is literally bursting with flavor. It’s packed with warm spices (ground cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg – similar to my spice cake recipe), and the addition of yoghurt and pineapple also add to the elevated flavor profile of this cake.

    The cake is topped with a sweet and tangy cream cheese frosting, which takes the already flavor packed cake to another level! The frosting is basically a smaller version of my original cream cheese buttercream frosting.

    Of course, there is heaps of shredded carrot in the cake batter as well, which adds great flavor and moisture.

    Ease

    This recipe uses the very easy ‘muffin method’ of making cake batter which involves combining the wet and dry ingredients separately, and combining them at the end. It doesn’t require any electric mixers or special tools, and with this carrot cake also being a sheet cake, it makes things even simpler!

    How to Make Carrot Sheet Cake

    Carrot Sheet Cake

    Begin by preheating your oven to 180 °C (350°F) conventional and lightly grease a 9×13 inch cake pan (I use my homemade cake release). Line the bottom long ways with parchment paper (this will make it easier to take the cake out when it’s done). If using a fan function (also known as convection mode) then you will need to reduce the temperature to 160C (320F).

    Peel and finely shred carrots using a grater and set them aside for later. Also prepare your pineapple – blend canned pineapple (discard the liquid before blending) and set aside for later.

    In a bowl, sift together all purpose flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and ground nutmeg. Using a whisk, mix until well combined. Set aside.

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    In a large bowl combine soft brown sugar, eggs, vegetable oil, vanilla, yoghurt and blended pineapple. Using a whisk, stir until well combined.

    Add your flour mixture into your wet ingredients and using a rubber spatula, gently fold together until just combined. Do not overmix.

    carrot cake

    Add in the grated carrots and walnuts and/or pecans. Using a spatula, gently fold until just combined. Do not overmix.

    Distribute the batter evenly into the cake tin, and then drop the cake tin lightly on the counter to remove any large air bubbles.

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    Bake for 28 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool in the cake tin for about 20 minutes and then turn it out onto a wire rack to completely cool, before frosting with the cream cheese frosting (recipe below).

    carrot cake

    Cream Cheese Frosting

    Cream your butter for a few minutes until it’s light and fluffy. Either use a hand mixer or stand mixer on a medium high speed. If using a stand mixer, use the paddle attachment.

    Add in the powdered sugar in 3 batches while mixing on low. Ensure that each batch is mixed into the butter well before adding in the next.

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    Next add in the cold cream cheese, vanilla and fresh lemon juice. Mix just until the frosting is smooth. Avoid over-mixing.

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    Place all the frosting on top of the cooled carrot sheet cake, and use an offset spatula (the back of a spoon or butter knife will work too), and spread the frosting out evenly. Cut and serve.

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    carrot cake

    Commonly Asked Questions

    How do you store carrot sheet cake?

    This carrot sheet cake can be left at room temperature for the day, however overnight it will need to be refrigerated due to the cream cheese in the frosting. The fat and sugar in the frosting will prevent the cream cheese from going off immediately which is why you can keep it out at room temperature for an extended period of time.

    When storing, place it into an airtight container, and into the refrigerator. Allow it to come to room temperature before serving.

    What are other add-ins to carrot cake batter?

    In addition to spices and nuts, other additions to carrot cake recipes include pineapple (like I have used in this recipe), shredded coconut and raisins.

    Is it better to use butter or oil in a carrot sheet cake?

    You can technically use either, however when it comes to cakes that use a lot of shredded vegetables, oil is usually the better option. This is because butter can make these sorts of cakes very heavy and dense, whereas oil makes for a lighter and fluffier cake.

    carrot cake recipe

    Easy Moist Carrot Sheet Cake

    This super easy and moist carrot sheet cake is bursting with flavor, infused with heaps of cosy spices, nuts and of course – carrots! Boasting the most wonderfully soft cake layer, and topped with a velvety, tangy cream cheese frosting, this carrot sheet cake is perfect for feeding (and pleasing!) a crowd. This recipe is a sheet cake version of my original 5 star rated carrot layer cake.
    5 from 13 votes
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    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 28 minutes
    Cooling Time: 1 hour
    Total Time: 1 hour 38 minutes
    Servings: 20 people

    IMPORTANT: For accuracy, I would recommend using the gram measurements provided as those are the exact quantities I use. Cup measurements are given as estimates (based on US cup measurements) to make it easier for those who do not have a scale.

    Ingredients
     

    Carrot Cake

    • 2 cups (225 g) finely grated carrots - about 3 medium sized carrots
    • 1 cup (190 g) canned pineapple - blended. Remove the liquid from the can before blending.
    • cups (290 g) flour - plain, all purpose
    • ¼ cup (30 g) cornstarch
    • 2 tsp baking powder
    • ½ tsp baking soda
    • ½ tsp salt
    • tsp cinnamon - ground
    • tsp ginger - ground/powdered
    • ¼ tsp cloves - ground
    • ½ tsp nutmeg - ground
    • cups (300 g) soft brown sugar - firmly packed (see note 2)
    • 3 large eggs - room temperature
    • 1 cup (200 g) unflavoured vegetable oil - I use canola oil
    • 3 tsp vanilla essence/extract
    • ½ cup (110 g) yoghurt - unsweetened, room temperature.
    • 1 cup (100 g) pecans or walnuts - coarsely chopped. I like to use both so I use 1/2 a cup of each.

    Cream Cheese Frosting

    • ½ cup (113 g) unsalted butter - room temperature
    • cups (285 g) powdered sugar - also known as icing/confectioners sugar
    • ¾ cup (167 g) cream cheese - cold, use a firm cream cheese
    • ¾ tsp vanilla extract/essence
    • ¾ tbsp lemon juice - freshly squeezed

    Instructions

    Carrot Cake

    • Preheat oven to 180 °C (350°F) conventional (see note 1 if using a convection oven with a fan) and lightly grease a 9x13 inch cake pan (I use my homemade cake release). Line the bottom long ways with parchment paper (this will make it easier to take the cake out when it's done).
    • Begin by peeling and finely grating your carrots and set them aside for later. Also prepare your pineapple - blend your canned pineapple (remember to discard the liquid before blending - see note 3) and set aside for later.
    • In a bowl, sift together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg. Using a whisk, mix until well combined. Set aside.
    • In a large mixing bowl combine soft brown sugar, eggs, vegetable oil, vanilla, yoghurt and blended pineapple. Using a whisk, mix until well combined.
    • Add your dry ingredients into your wet mixture and using a spatula, gently fold together until just combined. Do not overmix.
    • Add in the grated carrots and walnuts and/or pecans. Using a spatula, gently fold until just combined. Do not overmix.
    • Distribute the batter evenly into the cake tin, and then drop the cake tin lightly on the counter to remove any large air bubbles.
    • Bake for 28 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool in the cake tin for about 20 minutes and then turn it out onto a wire rack to completely cool, before frosting with the cream cheese frosting (recipe below).

    Cream Cheese Frosting

    • Cream your butter for a few minutes until it's light and fluffy. Either use a hand mixer or stand mixer on a medium high speed. If using a stand mixer, use the paddle attachment.
    • Add in the powdered sugar in 3 batches while mixing on low. Ensure that each batch is mixed into the butter well before adding in the next.
    • Next add in the cold cream cheese, vanilla and fresh lemon juice. Mix just until the frosting is smooth. Avoid over-mixing (see note 4).

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    Notes

    Note 1. If using a convection oven that has a fan function, bake at 160 °C (320°F) as the fan function bakes food faster.
    Note 2. If using measuring cups for this recipe, then you want to firmly pack your soft brown sugar. To do this, pack your measuring cup with sugar and using the back of a spoon, press the sugar into the cup with a little bit of pressure (not too much) and then fill the remaining cup with more sugar.
    Note 3. Although the liquid is removed from the canned pineapple before blending, the pineapple should still be relatively liquidy once blended. If it's very thick after blending, then add a little of the juice from the pineapple to the blended pineapple, or a little water will do the trick as well. 
    Note 4. Only mix the frosting until it's smooth. Once it's smooth stop mixing as over-mixing can result in a less stable frosting. This is because of the liquid in the cream cheese breaking down the powdered sugar. 

    Nutrition

    Calories: 403kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 222mg | Potassium: 157mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 2467IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 1mg

    Nutritional information are estimates only as they are automatically calculated by a third party application. Actual values may differ based on brands and types of products used.

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    19 Comments

    • Donna

      5 stars
      Can this be made into muffins?

      • Cakes by MK

        Hi Donna! Yes totally! Just reduce the cooking time to about 18 mins, and then bake more if needed 🙂 enjoy!

    • Carol

      Hi MK would this work in a 22cm x 22cm, thankyou

      • Cakes by MK

        Hi Carol! 🙂 This will most likely be a little too much batter for a 22x22cm tin. You may want to half the recipe (or make two thirds if you’re comfortable with calculating the quantities for each ingredient) for that sized cake tin 🙂

    • Nirvana

      Hi
      Thanks for the recipe. Can u substitute pineapple and use bananas. Thxs Nirvana

      • Cakes by MK

        Hi Nirvana! 🙂 I haven’t tried substituting bananas for the pineapple in this recipe myself so I’m not too sure how it’ll affect the taste and texture sorry! Bananas may be a bit strong, but applesauce should work great 🙂

    • Debbie nichols

      5 stars
      Well this was another awesome recipe! I now know whatever I pick of yours it going to be amazing. This is my 4th recipe of yours. Thank you!! The carrot was loved by all.

      • Cakes by MK

        Yay! That makes me so so happy Debbie 😀 really appreciate the feedback and so glad everyone loved it 😀

    • Jimi

      Thank you for your beautiful recipes . Can I use Greek yogurt if not what can I substitute it with please?

      • Cakes by MK

        You’re so welcome Jimi! 🙂 Greek yoghurt should work fine. Enjoy!

    • Helen

      Can you tell me what brand of AP flour you use? I noticed that the gram amounts vary per cake, e.g. 1 cup of flour doesn’t always equal the same amount in grams depending on what cake you’re baking. I typically use what’s on the back of the flour bag which is 120 grams per cup. I’ll definitely use the grams that you use, but I was just curious. Thanks so much.

      • Cakes by MK

        Hi Helen! 🙂 I use Pams plain flour, but any all purpose flour should work fine. If measured correctly, then one US cup of flour should be about 120-125g, so you are correct in using that :). Some countries use a larger ‘cup’ size (250ml) and so 1 cup of flour is slightly more, however all my recipes are based on US cup measurements. I bake all my cakes by weight when it comes to the flour, and then I just either round up or round down to the nearest cup measurement, which is why the cup measurement can sometimes vary slightly from recipe to recipe 🙂 hope that helps!

        • Helen

          Thanks for responding. I ended up baking the Chocolate Oreo Cake – just took it out the oven. I’ll let you know how it turns out. It smells wonderful. I used 330g of AP flour which is 30g more than I would typically use for 2.5 cups. Can’t wait to frost it and cut it. Thanks again.

    • Marie

      5 stars
      Absolutely heaven 😋

      Thank you
      Marie

      • Cakes by MK

        You’re so welcome Marie! So glad to hear you loved it 😀

        • Sue

          I don’t have a blender can I just use the juice ?

          • Cakes by MK

            Hi Sue! 🙂 Do you mean the juice of the canned pineapple? Unfortunately if you just use the juice alone, it may make the cake too soggy – sorry about that!

    • Alan Gould

      5 stars
      Delicious

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