Grandma Hiers’ Carrot Cake Recipe (Paula Deen)

February 18, 2013

February is a big birthday month in my family and I LOVE to bake, so I jump at the chance to make cakes for birthday celebrations. This carrot cake recipe is so easy to make and delicious! The pecans add a great taste and the cream cheese icing is amazing! If you are looking for a little indulgence try out this recipe for a treat!

Butter, for pans
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pans
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
3 cups grated carrots
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans, optional
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
1 stick salted butter, room temperature
1 (16-ounce) box powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 3 (9-inch) round pans; Line bottom of the pans with parchment paper. (I did not have parchment paper so I used shortening and dusted with flour)

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add eggs and vegetable oil. Using a hand mixer, blend until combined. Add carrots and pecans, if using.

Pour into pans. Bake for approximately 40 minutes. Remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes. Remove from pans, place on waxed paper and allow to cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting:
Add all ingredients, except nuts, into a medium bowl and beat until fluffy using a hand mixer. Stir in the nuts (I opted to place nuts around cake instead). Spread frosting on top of each cake layer. Stack the cakes on a serving plate and serve.

Recipe adapted from Grandma Hiers’ Carrot Cake by Paula Deen which can be found here:

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  • Reply educatewithtoys February 19, 2013 at 11:15 am

    I’m getting hungry just looking at this! It looks amazing!

  • Reply Sandra Watts June 10, 2016 at 1:38 am

    This looks so good and I love carrot cake. My son also loves it. He always wants it for his birthday.

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