The moistness and flavor of this Mama Dip’s Carrot Cake can’t be beat. This carrot cake has a super creamy cream cheese frosting and the crunch of toasted walnuts. This really is the best carrot cake and it makes a wonderful Easter dessert.
A moist 3-layer cake with toasted walnuts and tons of rich cream cheese frosting. Carrot Cake doesn’t get any better than this. It rivals this carrot cake for the best carrot cake I’ve ever had.
This recipe is from Mildred Council, aka Mama Dip, who owns the beloved restaurant Mama Dip’s in Chapel Hill, NC.
If you want to experience more of Mama Dips’s good ole country cooking, you can get the Mama Dip’s Kitchen cookbook. It’s full of simple, delicious recipes that taste like grandma’s cooking.
But back to this carrot cake. Vegetable oil in the batter keeps the cake layers wonderfully moist and a full 2 cups of sugar gives the cake lots of sweetness.
Because I love tons of frosting on my carrot cake, I decided to make a little extra but I put instructions in the recipe notes for making a larger amount.
It’s practically all frosting isn’t it?
I like to have plenty of frosting when I do a layer cake because I’m always worried I’m going to run out and not have enough to cover the sides completely.
If you like to have Carrot Cake for your Easter celebration, Mama Dip’s Carrot Cake is about as delicious as it gets! You guests will rave about it!
Another great carrot cake to try is this Carrot Layer Cake. I also love this Pineapple Carrot Cake for someting a little different. And if you want to eat carrot cake for breakfast, try these Carrot Cake Pancakes or Carrot Cake Coffee Cake. For an after school treat, these Carrot Cake Cookies can’t be beat!
- 2 1/4 cups self-rising flour, I use White Lily
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 4 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups grated carrots
- 2 cups chopped walnuts, toasted and divided
Cream Cheese Frosting
- 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 (16-ounce) box powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Line the bottoms of 3 9-inch cake pans with parchment paper. Spray with baking spray.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Sift first 4 ingredients together
- Using an electric mixer, beat sugar and oil until mixed well.
- Add eggs one at a time, beating until blended after each addition.
- Beat in vanilla extract.
- With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture, beating just until blended.
- Stir in carrots and 1 cup walnuts.
- Pour batter evenly into prepared pans.
- Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Cool in pans 10 minutes and then remove from pans and cool completely on wire racks.
- To make frosting, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth and fluffy.
- Gradually beat in powdered sugar.
- Beat in vanilla.
- Spread frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake.
- Press remaining 1 cup walnuts along the bottom of the bake, going about 2 inches up.
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Adapted slightly from this recipe.
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