a family recipe | mom's carrot cake | olive june

a family recipe | mom's carrot cake

when i was younger, my mom's carrot cake was always a total 'crowd pleaser' - at every family event. it's a three tiered circular cake with cream cheese frosting... made with love every time and again, always a favorite. sometimes at easter she would put some jelly beans or candies on top, which was extra special as a kid. my grandma's sister gave the recipe to my mom at her bridal shower. it's simply delicious. i thought i would share it with you all and i hope you enjoy it as much as we always did! 

3 cups grated carrots 
2 cups of all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil 
1 tsp. vanilla 

cream cheese frosting:
1 (16oz.) package powdered sugar
1 (8oz.) package cream cheese, softened 
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla


combine carrots, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon; stir in eggs, oil, and vanilla. spoon batter into three greased and floured 9-inch cake pans. bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until cake tests done. cool.

cream cheese frosting: cream ingredients until well blended. spread on cooled cake layers 
she is soon going to have another little cake eater! 

truly it's just so good. 
let me know if you make it... i would love to know what you think! 
what's one of your family's favorite recipes?

also, any weekend plans? 
(ps: stop in tomorrow for my diy wreath for fall!)

i am participating in the blogtember challenge with bailey jean this month 


  1. This sounds so good! Anything cream cheese i'm all for! What a cute touch with the jelly beans! I'm sure Parks is going to love this sweet treat as much as his mama.

    1. awe, you are the sweetest!! i think he will and i think you will love this! it really is amazing.

  2. I have this same exact recipe (from my mom!) and it's seriously THE BEST carrot cake I've ever had - I make it every year for my birthday. I've been trying to cut calories this year so I substituted applesauce for most of the oil and it was still delish. :)