Carrot Cake for Two

I saw this recipe on one of those step by step videos on Facebook from the Food Network. Right when I saw it I thought to myself, that’s perfect for Erik’s birthday! Carrot cake is one of Erik’s favorite desserts, and I had never made it before so was pretty excited to try it (even though I don’t care for it). Since I knew I would not be eating much of it, I loved the fact that it was a “small” portion recipe so I would not be left with a whole cake sitting around the house. Don’t get me wrong, Erik would have eaten an entire cake, but I know he’d also rather not have that around!

Carrot Cake for Two aka Small Batch Carrot Cake

Course Dessert
Servings 6 cupcakes
Author Adapted from Food Network Kitchen



  • cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • pinch fresh grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 5 oz carrots (about 3 small) finely grated (about 1 cup)


  • 8 oz cream cheese at room temp
  • 1 stick unsalted butter at room temp
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract


For the cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cupcake tin with 6 paper liners, or line a 9x2 inch round cake pan with parchment and cooking spray (I just sprayed mine really well with baking spray).

  2. Toast the pecans or walnuts on a small baking sheet until lightly browned, about 8 minutes in preheated oven. Don't skip the toasting of the nuts, it brings out such a good flavor! Let them cool, and coarsely chop.

  3. Whisk the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg in a medium bowl. Make a big well in the center so you can see the bottom of the bowl (like a reverse volcano). Add the sugar and egg into the well and beat with a fork until combined, then add oil and vanilla and beat with fork. Stir in the dry ingredients until combined. Fold in the carrots and nuts (I keep a few carrots and nuts out to decorate).

  4. Transfer batter into prepared cake pan or cupcake tins, and bake until toothpick comes out clean, about 15-20 minutes (cupcakes may take longer). Let cake cool in the pan on cooling rack for 20 minutes, then turn it out of the pan, and let cool completely.

For the frosting

  1. Beat the cream cheese and butter until completely combined and smooth, stopping a couple times to scrape the bowl. Add powdered sugar and vanilla, and beat until just combined and no lumps appear.


  1. If you made cupcakes, pipe frosting onto each cupcake, and decorate with carrots and nuts.

  2. For round cake: cut the cake into 4 even wedges. Frost the top of each wedge with about 3 tablespoons of frosting. Stack the frosted wedges on top of each other on a flat serving plate, resulting in a 4 layer slice of cake. Cover the back side of the cake with the rest of the frosting. Decorate with additional nuts and shredded carrot if desired. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Cut to serve, or grab 2 forks and dive in!

carrot cake cupcakes on cake stand, white wood background

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