My grandma had the original recipe cut out of Southern Living magazine!

Welcome to the world of homemade carrot cake sheet cake, where each slice embodies a perfect blend of moist texture, warm spices, and rich cream cheese frosting. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply craving a comforting dessert, mastering this recipe will elevate your baking prowess and delight your taste buds. Join us on a journey to discover the art of crafting this beloved classic, tailored to satisfy every sweet tooth and create lasting memories with every bite.



For the Cake:

Ingredient Quantity
All-purpose flour 2 cups
Baking powder 2 tsp
Baking soda 1 tsp
Ground cinnamon 1 tsp
Salt 1/2 tsp
Granulated sugar 1 1/2 cups
Eggs 3 large
Vegetable oil 1 cup
Grated carrots 2 cups
Chopped pecans or walnuts (optional) 1 cup

For the Frosting:

Ingredient Quantity
Cream cheese, softened 8 oz
Unsalted butter, softened 1/2 cup
Confectioners’ sugar 4 cups
Vanilla extract 2 tsp


Step 1: Prepare the Cake Batter

  1. Preheat the Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a 9×13-inch baking pan or line it with parchment paper.
  2. Mix Dry Ingredients:
    • In a medium bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, ground cinnamon, and salt.
  3. Beat Sugar and Eggs:
    • In a large mixing bowl, beat the granulated sugar and eggs together until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add Oil:
    • Gradually add the vegetable oil to the sugar and egg mixture, continuing to beat until well combined.
  5. Add Carrots and Nuts:
    • Stir in the grated carrots and chopped pecans or walnuts, if using.
  6. Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients:
    • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.

Step 2: Bake the Cake

  1. Pour Batter into Pan:
    • Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan, spreading it out evenly.
  2. Bake:
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  3. Cool:
    • Allow the cake to cool completely in the pan on a wire rack before frosting.

Step 3: Prepare the Frosting

  1. Beat Cream Cheese and Butter:
    • In a large mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese and unsalted butter together until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add Confectioners’ Sugar:
    • Gradually add the confectioners’ sugar, one cup at a time, beating well after each addition until the frosting is smooth and creamy.
  3. Add Vanilla Extract:
    • Stir in the vanilla extract until well combined.

Step 4: Frost the Cake

  1. Frost the Cooled Cake:
    • Once the cake has cooled completely, spread the cream cheese frosting evenly over the top of the cake using a spatula.
  2. Optional Garnish:
    • Sprinkle additional chopped pecans or walnuts over the frosting for garnish, if desired.

Step 5: Serve

  1. Slice and Serve:
    • Cut the cake into squares and serve. Enjoy your homemade carrot cake sheet cake!

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