Recipe for Nordic Carrot Cake with cream cheese topping
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Nordic carrot cake with cream cheese topping

Super easy and traditional recipe for Nordic carrot cake with cream cheese topping. This recipe is the old-fashioned and traditional recipe which has been used for generations in Denmark.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Cake
Cuisine: Danish
Keyword: Carrots, Nordic dessert
Servings: 8 people


Carrot cake

  • 300 g brown sugar
  • 2 dl vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 375 g carrots
  • 275 g all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2.5 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Cream cheese topping

  • 300 g cream cheese
  • 180 g butter
  • 270 g powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla powder (or essence)


  • Whip the brown sugar and oil well together while adding the eggs one by one.
  • Peel the carrots and grate them finely. Add them to the brown sugar mixture.
  • Add the dry ingredients and mix it all together.
  • Pour the cake batter into a greased dish with a size of about 20x30 cm (8x12 incand bake it at 185 C (365 F) for about 40 minutes. The baking time depends on the size of the dish. The cake is finished when there is no batter on a fork that is inserted in the cake.
  • The cheese cream is easily made by whipping all the ingredients together.
  • The cheese cream is spread evenly over the cake when it is baked and cooled.