Grandma Hiers’ Carrot Cake

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Grandma Hiers’ Carrot Cake Grandma Hiers’ Carrot Cake

Servings: 8 servings
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 40 min
Difficulty: Easy

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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.

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. Spread frosting on top of each cake layer. Stack the cakes on a serving plate and serve.

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Reader Comments:


This is the best carrot cake I made in my life ¡is wonderful!. All my family loved it. Thanks a lot Paula.

By Ma. de la Luz on April 19, 2014


Very wet, stuck to the pan and it didn't look like cake. Looked greasy and gross. Not much of a cake consistency.

By Sarah on April 19, 2014


What are the orange twirls in the top of the cake. They look great.

By Satya on April 10, 2014


I've started a food service business and a customer asked me to make a carrot cake for New Years Day. This is by far the best carrot cake I've ever tasted. This cake will definitely bring return customers to my business. I always go to your web site to find the best recipes. Thanks and have a blessed new year.

By M. Davis on January 01, 2014


Made this cake for my Dad's 85th Birthday! It was a hit!!

By Camille Weeks on December 30, 2013


God bless you, Paula.

By Anne Yoder McDonald on December 17, 2013


I made this cake for Thanksgiving and it was a hit! I had never considered making a carrot cake and my sister suggested this recipe. I will definitely make this in the future.

By Lisa on December 13, 2013


I really don't know how to rate this because there isn't any liquid for this cake other than oil. I wasted my money .something is wrong!!

By Brenda Davis on September 19, 2013


I miss your cooking show,you have great recipies and great personality. It made me mad when they took your show of the cooking chanel. Who are they to judge, just leave Paula alone after all this is a free country right. I love all your recipies and they are easy and simple to make thank you very much.

By Nora E treadway on August 12, 2013


Loved this cake! Very moist! Paula, thank you for sharing your cherished family recipe!

By Connie McClanahan on August 07, 2013


OUTSTANDING!!! I had some of my carrot cake leftover and took it to work the next day and EVERYONE MADE A POINT of telling me how it was the best carrot cake they ever tasted!! Thanks Paula, you're da bomb!!!!

By Cheryl on July 10, 2013


This is the best carrot cake ever!!I give it 5 stars. I only make it for special occasions and everyone always loves it.

By GMB on June 18, 2013


The recipie is amazing. I added lemon zest to give it my touch, but any way I don't think it needed, just the best carrot cake ever. Thank yuo so much for sharing it.

By Monica on April 21, 2013


Made this cake and replaced the oil with applesauce, WOW! Everyone begged me for the recipe:) Thanks!

By princess on March 31, 2013


I've made this cake for my husband and son's birthday parties and didn't have a crumb left over afterward. I recently used this recipe for cupcakes and those were just as big of a hit. The only problem with a recipe this good is that, once people know you can make it, they want you to make it all the time! It is delicious!!!

By Nita on March 04, 2013


I love carrot cake and will definitely try this one.

By Patricia Jiongo on March 02, 2013


Amazing!! I got so many compliments on this cake. I do have a suggestion - increase the batter by 25% to make the layers a little thicker. I only say that because the sides can get a little crunchy and that could be because of over baking it, but i really think a thicker cake helped this. so so delicious!! Thank you Paula!!

By nidya on January 23, 2013


JUST AMAZING!! Thanks Paula for this recipe, I used to watch your shows every day when I lived in Honolulu! I came back and made this recipe... everybody was amazed with this deliciuos cake. kisses from Spain!

By Elena on December 16, 2012


Make this for every holiday and everybody always LOVES it!! Best carrot cake I have ever eaten! This recipe makes a huge cake though. Usually, I cut the recipe in half and bake the batter in a mini cupcake pan. Makes about 24-36 mini cupcakes. The mini cupcakes freeze well too! I frost them up, put them in a glass container with a lid (trying not to squish the tops), and toss them in the freezer. Take them out for 5 mins before serving and they taste delicious!!! I also substitute the oil for applesauce (the cake is healthy then, right??).

By Amanda on December 11, 2012


this is my favorite recipe. I love it.

By Keyba Smith on December 03, 2012

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