9 Ways to Fall in Love with Carrot Cake All Over Again


If you told the childhood version of yourself that one day you’d flip for a cake filled with a vegetable, you surely would have laughed. But this tried-and-true dessert is endlessly craveable no matter how you make it. And yes, there are many ways:

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Food Network Kitchen’s version of the cake adds a lovely border of pecans as a final flourish.

Carrot Pineapple Cake

Ina Garten’s beloved take on this classic dessert gets its extra sweet finishing touch from diced pineapple casually strewn across the top.

Carrot Cake for Two

It’s just enough of the cake you love, thanks to portions that are simply pared for a pair.

Parma-Style Carrot Cake

Giada De Laurentiis’ elegantly fluted carrot cake is inspired by a similar treat she’s enjoyed while sipping coffee in Parma, Italy.

Carrot Cheesecake

Since carrot cake is traditionally topped with cream cheese frosting, this decadent riff on the dish is a no-brainer.


Upside-Down Carrot Cake

Why should pineapple rings have all the fun? Here, pretty carrot ribbons make their debut when you flip the dessert out of the cake pan.

Waffled Carrot Cake

Waffling cake batter isn’t just super-fun — it also creates lots of satisfying corners and grooves to crunch on and fill with icing.

Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies

A combination of marshmallow cream and cream cheese makes for the perfect fluffy filling for these cookies.

Carrot Cake Granola

It’s all the flavor of your favorite cake (even including a unique stand-in for cream cheese frosting!) morphed into an on-the-go treat you can eat by the handful.