Carrot Cake Sheet Cake Recipe with Cream Cheese Frosting

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This Carrot Cake Sheet Cake Recipe with a Cream Cheese Frosting is tender, sweet and so delicious!  This recipe is made with less oil than many other carrot cake recipes.


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Carrot Cake

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil or canola oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups grated carrots

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 (8 oz) block of cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 3 cups icing sugar (powdered sugar)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut for sprinkling


Making the Cake

  1. Preheat your oven oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Prepare a 9 x 13 oven safe pan: either butter it and dust with flour, or use a baking spray.
  3. Using a stand mixer, beat together the eggs, applesauce, oil, sugars and vanilla.
  4. In a separate large bowl whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  5. Combine the wet ingredients with the flour mixture.
  6. Stir in the shredded carrots.
  7. Pour into your 9 x 13 prepared pan.
  8. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  9. Let cool on a wire rack completely before adding the frosting.

Making the Frosting

  1. While the cake is baking make the frosting.
  2. In a mixing bowl beat together the cream cheese, butter, vanilla and icing sugar, until smooth.

Putting the Cake Together

  1. Let the cake cool in the pan completely before frosting.
  2. Once the cake is cooled, spread the frosting evenly on the cake.
  3. Optional: Sprinkle the frosted cake with the sweetened, shredded coconut.
  4. Cut and serve!


If you like pecans or raisins in your carrot cake, feel free to add 1/2 cup of either to the cake batter before baking.

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