This Gingerbread Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting recipe is the perfect dessert to warm you up on a chilly day. The combination of warm spices, sweet carrots, and tangy cream cheese frosting creates a cozy and delicious cake that will satisfy any sweet tooth.


For the cake

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup hot water

For the frosting

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a 9-inch cake pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  3. In a separate large bowl, cream together the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  5. Mix in the molasses and grated carrots.
  6. Gradually mix in the dry ingredients, alternating with the hot water until everything is well combined.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Let the cake cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting

  1. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter until smooth and creamy.
  2. Gradually mix in the powdered sugar and vanilla extract until everything is well combined.
  3. Spread the frosting evenly over the cooled cake.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

Tips and variations

  • For a festive touch, top the cake with chopped nuts or holiday sprinkles.
  • For a vegan version, use vegan butter and cream cheese substitutes and substitute the eggs with flax eggs.
  • You can also make this recipe into cupcakes by pouring the batter into lined muffin tins and baking for 20-25 minutes.


This Gingerbread Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is the perfect dessert for any occasion. With its warm and cozy spices and tangy cream cheese frosting, it's sure to become a crowd favorite. Try this recipe for your next holiday gathering or cozy night in!

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