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apple carrot cake

Spiced Apple Carrot Cake with Goat Cheese Frosting

A spiced carrot cake that is not too sweet and packed full of shredded carrots and apples, making it the most tender and distinctly cake-like cake you might ever enjoy. The goat cheese-cream cheese frosting just makes it better.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Spiced Apple Carrot Cake with Goat Cheese Frosting
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 10 slices
Calories 830kcal
Author Cathy



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2-1/4 tsps baking soda
  • 1-1/2 tsps baking powder
  • 1-1/2 tsps ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tsps unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp table salt
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs plus 1 yolk, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/2 cups packed coarsely grated carrots (about 3)
  • 1-1/2 cups packed coarsely grated Granny Smith apples (about 4)
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, more for garnish


  • 11 oz fresh, goat cheese, room temperature
  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 tbsps unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare three, nonstick, 9-inch round baking pans with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, SIFT together flour, granulated sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, unsweetened cocoa powder, black pepper and salt.  Whisk to combine.
  • Stir in vegetable oil, lightly beaten eggs and 1 egg yolk until combined.  Stir in carrots, apples and walnuts.
  • Divide the batter among the three baking pans. (To make sure layers are even, I weigh pans with the batter to make sure there are equal amounts in each one.) Bake for 25 minutes or until cakes pull away from pan sides and a cake tester inserted in each center comes out clean. Transfer cakes to cooling racks and let cool 10 minutes. Turn out onto racks and let cool completely.


  • Beat goat cheese, cream cheese, vanilla extract and butter until smooth and fluffy; about 3 minutes. Gradually add powdered sugar and mix until combined.
  • Once cakes are cool, arrange first layer on a large platter. Spread some frosting over it, then top with the second layer and top with the third. Generously frost top and sides of cake with remaining frosting. Press walnuts lightly into the sides of the cake. Chill before serving; about 3 hours.


Calories: 830kcal | Carbohydrates: 85g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 50g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 150mg | Sodium: 628mg | Fiber: 3.1g