Easy 8×8 Carrot Walnut Cake perfect for dessert, breakfast or snack. This lightly sweetened cake needs no frosting and is loaded with walnuts.
Easy Carrot Walnut Cake Recipe
We’ve shared several homemade carrot cakes already, but what if you’re not looking for something fancy? You may not need a cake to feed a crowd or a rich, frosting topped cake, so this little carrot snack cake is for you!
Simple Carrot Cake Recipe
This small carrot cake is homemade, bursting with grated carrots, walnuts, and a hint of cinnamon spice. This has a very comforting flavor. Familiar…lightly sweetened with a touch of powdered sugar on top.
The cake bakes in an 8×8 pan, which is perfect for serving a small family. If you need to, you can freeze the cake too! Simply wrap it well in an airtight storage bag or container and freeze. To defrost the cake, allow it to thaw completely before you unwrap it. That will help the cake keep all of its moisture. If you freeze the cake, sprinkle it with additional powdered sugar before serving to give it a pretty look.
How do you grate carrots for carrot cake?
Grating carrots can be tricky, especially if all you have on hand are baby carrots. I like to throw the carrots into the food processor. It doesn’t necessarily “grate” them, but rather chops them very finely. It’s so much easier to run them through the food processor…and no grated knuckles (ouch!).
Other Carrot Cake Recipes
T0ols to Make This Cake
- Saigon Cinnamon: This is our favorite cinnamon. You can’t beat its flavor!
- Ninja Express Chop: Mini food processor…this is one of my most-used kitchen tools!
- 8×8 Cake Pan: For small cakes and casseroles.
Carrot Walnut Cake
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup canola oil
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- dash salt
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups grated carrots
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- Powdered sugar for sprinkling on top
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a small bowl, combine the eggs, oil, sugar and vanilla. Mix well.
- Add the baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Mix until combined.
- Mix in the flour, stirring until the flour is fully incorporated in.
- Fold in the carrots and walnuts.
- Spray an 8x8 baking pan with cooking spray. Spread the batter in the prepared pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 35-37 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Once the cake has cooled, sprinkle powdered sugar on top and serve.