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A slice of double layered carrot cake with cream cheese frosting on a white plate.

Easy Carrot Cake Using Spice Cake Mix

  • Author: Andrea
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This easy carrot cake using spice cake mix is super moist and full of flavor, and the cream cheese frosting is out of this world!


Carrot Cake

  • Spice Cake Mix: 1 box
  • Water or Milk: 1 cup
  • Vegetable Oil: 1/3 cup
  • Eggs: 3
  • Carrots, shredded: 2 cups
  • Canned Crushed Pineapple: 8 oz can
  • Pecans, chopped: 1 cup

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Cream Cheese, softened: one 8 oz package
  • Butter, softened: 1 cup
  • Powdered/confectioners sugar: 4 cups


Carrot Cake

  1. Prepare: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease two 8-inch round cake pans with oil spray and set them aside. 
  2. Mix: To a mixing bowl, combine the boxed cake mix, water or milk, vegetable oil, and eggs and mix with an electric hand mixer until smooth. Fold in the shredded carrots,  crushed pineapple, and pecans with a rubber spatula. 
  3. Bake: Evenly distribute the cake batter into each cake pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean with a few crumbs. Once the baking is complete, remove from the oven and wait 5-10 minutes before transferring the cake to a cooling rack.

Cream Cheese Frosting 


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Use the smaller holes of a box grater to shred the carrots finely. 

You’ll want to drain any liquid from the canned pineapple to ensure the cake isn’t over-moistened and can be baked properly. 

If you want some more flavor for this carrot cake, consider toasting the pecans before folding them into the batter. Just be sure to let them cool down before adding them to the cake batter mix.

Make sure the cream cheese and butter are both softened at room temperature before mixing them together. 

Use store-bought frosting to make this cake recipe even easier. 

Nutrition facts are for informational purposes only. We are not responsible for any errors. We have tested the recipe for accuracy, but your results may vary. Please note that this is not medical or nutrition advice. Seek advice from a licensed professional if you need advice. We are not liable for any damages caused by your use of this content.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: dessert, cake
  • Method: bake, frost
  • Cuisine: american

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