Pumpkin Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting

Moist, delicious pumpkin carrot cake with the creamiest cream cheese frosting. The perfect recipe for a tea-time treat and a definite crowd pleaser.

Pumpkin carrot cake

So here’s the deal with this cake: It’s pretty much diet food. What else do you call a cake that contains TWO vegetables and a fruit? Well, you could also call it delicious. Or amazing. Or the-best-cake-you’ve-ever-tasted. Whatevs. The most important thing is that you don’t feel guilty when you eat one (or two or three or four) slice(s) of this incredible pumpkin carrot cake. And believe me, eating numerous slices isn’t all that hard.

How do you make carrot cake moist?

Let’s start with the texture of this bad boy. I’m going to use the dreaded “m” word but just deal with it. This cake is so super moist, it’s almost unbelievable. This is due to the entire can of crushed pineapple with juice that is added right at the end as well as the cup of pumpkin puree. Both of which add only a hint of flavour but guarantee a soft, moist carrot cake.

Then, because of the natural sweetness of the pineapple and the pumpkin, you don’t need to use as much sugar so I only used dark brown sugar. You could use regular white sugar but the Muscavado sugar I used adds an incredibly caramel flavour to the finished cake. This along with the spices and grated carrots results in a seriously delicious sponge. Finish that off with the creamiest cream cheese frosting (cream cheese is by far the best carrot cake icing out there) you’ve ever tasted and you have the best carrot cake recipe you’ll ever taste.

Pumpkin carrot cake with cream cheese frostingHow to make pumpkin carrot cake

Cream butter and sugar together then add eggs. Sift together the dry ingredients then add the dry ingredients and the pineapple juice alternating between the two. Fold in the pumpkin, grated carrots and pineapple then divide between cake pans. Bake until a skewer inserted comes out clean then remove from the oven and cool. Sandwich with frosting and serve.

How long does carrot cake last?

Because this cake is so moist, you can keep it covered and refrigerated for up to a week. Allow to come to room temperature before serving.

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Pumpkin Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting

Moist, delicious pumpkin carrot cake with the creamiest cream cheese frosting. The perfect recipe for a tea-time treat and a definite crowd pleaser.
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Course: Baked goods, Cake, Dessert, Easter
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Author: Alida Ryder
Servings: 10


  • 1 cup or 2 sticks softened butter
  • 1 cup packed soft brown sugar (I used Muscavado sugar)
  • 2 extra-large eggs
  • 2 ¾ cups cake flour all purpose
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • reserved juice from crushed pineapple
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 x 400g approx 14 oz can/tin crushed pineapple with juice, drained but juice reserved
  • 1 ½ cups grated carrots

for the cream cheese frosting

  • 1/2 cup /1 stick butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese softened
  • 2 cups icing sugar sifted
  • juice of 1/2 lemon


  • Pre-heat the oven to 180°c and grease and line 3x 20cm cake pans with baking paper.
  • In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs one a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and spices.
  • Add the flour and the pineapple juice, alternatively, to the creamed butter, sugar and eggs and mix until everything has been incorporated.
  • Fold in the pumpkin purée, crushed pineapple and carrots.
  • Divide the batter between the three prepared pans and place in the oven.
  • Bake for 20-30 minute until the cakes are golden brown and a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  • To make the frosting, beat together the butter and cream cheese then add the icing sugar and mix until thick and creamy.
  • Add the lemon juice and mix through then stack the cakes, dividing the frosting between the layers then serve.
  • *This cake will last for approximately one week if kept in an airtight container.

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  1. Hello Alida, it’s taken me a while to find this gem of a recipe….I’m just glad I did….
    This might be a really stupid question, the pumpkin purée I take it it’s the type one would have to make oneself??…..if so if you don’t mind would you let me in on how you make yours…please!!!!

    1. Not a stupid question at all. I know you can find canned pumpkin puree in the US but I always just make my own. I simply steam pumpkin until soft and blend until smooth then allow to cool before using.

  2. Hi Alida,

    I, too, want to try turn this cake into cupcakes! What do think of the consistency of the cream cheese frosting though.. Is it it pipeable?

  3. Baked this today and even though it’s for tea tomorrow, I couldn’t help but sneak a slice. Absolutely delicious.

  4. I tried this recipe when you first posted it years ago and it has been my go-to ever since. The cake is always so delicious and the crumb super tender. Great recipe!

  5. Hi Alida! Will definitely give this a whirl. However please clarify: is it one cup of butter and 2 sticks (113g each) or 1 cup or 2 sticks? So basically 226g butter? So to be so technical but baking is science 😉 xxxx

  6. Hi Alida, You stated that you used a little dark brown sugar [Muscavado]. Then in the ingredients of the printed recipe it states 1 cup light brown sugar [Muscavado]. So which did you use & do you consider 1 cup of packed sugar a little.

    1. You’ll see that I stated “Soft brown sugar” in the recipe, not “light”. Any soft brown sugar will work, I used Muscavado. You could even use white sugar if you wished. I also mentioned that you won’t need “as much” sugar as a regular cake (which typically takes 2 cups or more of sugar.

  7. Yeah, I can see myself eating like 4 slices of this cake! it looks so beautiful and tasty! and that cream cheese frosting is just what the doctor ordered! great recipe 🙂

  8. Hi Alida,

    Is there anyway you could help me adapt this recipe for 12 normal size cupcakes please? It looks delish but a bit large.

    Thank you,

    1. Svetlana, as this recipe was developed in cake-form it might be a bit hard to adapt it to suit cupcakes. However, this recipe will probably make around 18 standard-size cupcakes.