Food & Wine's best carrot cake recipes.

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Updated March 31, 2015

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3 Variations on Carrot Cake

  1. Classic Carrot Cake with Fluffy Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot cake, that 1970s favorite, has a new audience at luxe restaurants like Manhattan’s Le Bernardin.

  • Carrot Cake with Lemon Mascarpone Frosting
  • Inspired by his time apprenticing in Italy, chef Scott Howell uses mascarpone in this light and lemony frosting instead of cream cheese—carrot cake’s more classic partner.

  • Almond and Carrot Cake
  • Because it’s not overly sweet or rich, this dessert—a cross between a coarse-textured flourless nut cake and a carrot cake—would be perfect with a glass of sweet wine.

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