Housewarming Simple Carrot Cake

This carrot cake is one of my favorite recipes because it fills the house with such bright colors and sweet and spiced scents.  
Makes one 2-layer 8 inch cake / 12 7.5 cm mini cakes / 24 regular cupcakes / lots of mini cupcakes. 
Course Breads and Muffins
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 24 servings
Calories 133
Author The Worktop


  • 1 pound carrots - grated (1/2 kg)
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar (170 grams)
  • 1/4 cup sunflower oil (60 milliliters)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (140 grams)
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour (105 grams) (wholemeal flour)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup raisins


  • This recipe makes one 2-layer 8-inch cake or 12 7.5-cm mini cakes or 24 regular cupcakes. Preheat oven to 350°F / 180°C and grease your choice of pans with a bit of oil.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking power, salt and 3/4 cups of the sugar. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and 1 cup of the sugar until it is thick but airy, about 5 minutes in a stand mixer on medium speed. Slowly add in the sunflower oil and vanilla, and beat for another 5 minutes on medium speed, until well incorporated.
  • Slowly add the dry mixture into the wet mixture, and beat until mixed. Gently fold in the carrots and raisins.
  • Pour or scoop the batter into the baking pans.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean, and the cake is springy to the touch. Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes in the pan, then gently transfer to finish cooling on a cooling rack.  
  • When the carrot cake has cooled, frost with cream cheese frosting.


Calories: 133kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 95mg | Potassium: 110mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 3195IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.6mg