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Classic Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting



12 piece(s)


  • 120 g Pecans (4 ounces)
  • 260 g all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 225 g vegetable oil
  • 120 g buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 4 eggs large
  • 410 g sugar
  • 500 g carrots, peeled and chopped in 4cm lenghts


  • 2 sticks (230 g) Unsalted Butter softened
  • 450 g (two 8 ounces) Cream Cheese softened
  • 1 tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 240 g Confectioners Sugar
  • 6
    1h 40min
    Preparation 40min
  • 7
  • 8
    Appliance TM 5 image
    Recipe is created for
    TM 5
    Please note that the TM5 mixing bowl has a larger capacity than the TM31 (capacity of 2.2 liters instead of 2.0 liters for TM 31). Recipes for the Thermomix TM5 may not be cooked with a Thermomix TM31 for safety reasons without adjusting the quantities. Risk of scalding by spraying of hot liquids: Do not exceed the maximum filling quantity and observe the filling level markings of the mixing bowl!

Recipe's preparation

  1. Reheat the oven to 180°


    Butter two 9-inch cake pans, line the bottoms with parchment.

    Butter the paper and flour the pans.



    Spread the pecans on a baking sheet and toast for 8 minutes, until fragrant. Cool and finely chop the pecans 10 sec / speed 5 

    Set aside 


    Than put the dry ingredients, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in the TM  Closed lid 5 sec / speed 4

    Set aside 


    Place carrots in TM Closed lid and chop 6 sec / speed 5

    Set aside


    Now put the eggs and the sugar in the TM Closed lid for 15 sec / speed 5


    Add the liquid ingredients oil, buttermilk and vanilla in the  Closed lid for  5 sec / speed 5


    Beat in the dry ingredients 5 sec / speed 5 …  scrape sides and mix another 15 sec / speed 5


    Stir in the carrots and pecans in the Closed lid  Counter-clockwise operation 15secs / speed 5 


    Divide the batter between the pans and bake the cakes for 55 minutes to 1 hour, until springy and golden or until a skewer comes out clean.


    Let the cakes cool on a rack for 30 minutes, then unmold the cakes and let cool completely.



    Meanwhile, rinse out TM bowl 





    Add confectioners' sugar in the Closed lid 3sec / speed 2


    Add remaining ingredients to Closed lid and cream together on speed 4 until well combined.  

    Scrape bowl and mix another 30 sec / speed 4.



    Peel off the parchment paper and invert one cake layer onto a plate.

    Spread with frosting. 

    Top with the second cake layer, right side up. 

    Spread the top and the sides with the remaining frosting and refrigerate the cake until chilled, about 1 hour. 


    Slice and serve



Accessories you need



Decorate with green sprinkles and little marzipan carrots

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  • I have made this cake about 4

    Submitted by BungalallySally on 13. August 2016 - 12:31.

    I have made this cake about 4 times now and apart from the fact that it serves quite a lot of people, it is the best recipe ever!!!

    i have made it for friends with large families and they also think it is the best carrot cake ever!!

    thank you.



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  • Best carrot cake

    Submitted by Chris64tine on 18. April 2016 - 06:42.

    Best carrot cake

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