Steamed Carrot Cake

Carrot cake has never been the flashiest dessert, but the simplicity is indisputable classic. Now, you can make it anywhere on a stovetop.

Course Dessert
Keyword Cake
Prep Time 50 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 12


Carrot Cake

  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (100 gr)
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar (300 gr)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour (300 gr)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 300 gr finely grated fresh carrot
  • 1 cup raisins or nuts (optional)

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 16 oz cream cheese (450 gr) softened
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (230 gr) softened
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cup confectioners sugar (250 gr)
  • 1 cup toasted chopped walnuts (125 gr) (optional)


Carrot Cake

  1. Grease two 8-inch round pans and line the bottom with a parchment paper.

  2. In a medium bowl, combine all purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg. Set aside.

  3. Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle or whisk attachment, whisk together eggs, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract until light and fluffy.

  4. Whisk in vegetable oil into the batter little by little until everything is well incorporated.

  5. With a spatula, fold dry ingredients to the batter until well incorporated. Do not overmix.

  6. Stir in grated carrot and raisins until well combined.

  7. Cover the lid's steamer with kitchen towel or cover the pans with aluminium foil to prevent condensation from the lid from falling on to the steamed cakes. Bring the water in your steamer to a boil over a medium-high heat. 

  8. Pour the cake batter evenly between both prepared cake pans. Steam for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of each one comes out clean.

  9. Remove from heat and allow carrot cake to cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then run a knife around the edge and invert onto cooling rack to cool completely. The cakes must be completely cool before frosting and assembling.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. In a large bowl using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a whisk or paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and butter together on medium-high speed until smooth.

  2. Beat in milk, vanilla extract, and confectioners sugar well combined.

  3. Level the tops of each cake with a knife or cake leveler. Place 1 cake layer on your cake stand or serving plate. Evenly cover the top with frosting. Top with 2nd layer and spread remaining frosting all over the top and sides. Decorate with toasted chopped walnuts or other topping if desired.