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Walnut Carrot Cake

"I hope you enjoy this quicker version of carrot cake," comments Ardyce Piehl from her home in Poynette, Wisconsin. To streamline it further, buy shredded carrots from the produce section and use prepared cream cheese frosting instead of homemade.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 40 min.
  • Makes
    12-15 servings


  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1-1/4 cups mayonnaise
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 5 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Orange gel food coloring and fresh parsley, optional


  • In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients until well blended. Stir in carrots and nuts.
  • Pour into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • For frosting, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Beat in the confectioners' sugar, milk and vanilla until smooth.
  • Tint a small amount of frosting orange for the carrot if desired. Frost cake with plain frosting. Cut into squares. Pipe an orange carrot onto each square; add a parsley sprig for the carrot top if desired. Store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 543 calories, 31g fat (9g saturated fat), 90mg cholesterol, 423mg sodium, 62g carbohydrate (46g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.
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  • PenelopeWin
    Apr 14, 2015

    I had a hard time getting past the mayo. I don't know. It just creeped me out. I couldn't really taste it but my brain wanted to taste it. I think if I didn't know it was in there I wouldn't have been able to taste it. Anyway the creep factor earned it a 4 star rating. I did use gluten free cake mix the texture was great. For the frosting I mixed vanilla frosting with about 6 oz. of cream cheese. That was great. a quick fix. I also added extra cinnamon and raisins.

  • Lindi2
    Jul 13, 2008

    Impressive dessert for little effort. The cake turned out moist and delicious. I added about a tbsp of vanilla and used fat free mayo.Excellent keeper recipe!

  • grandmaann
    Jan 22, 2006

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