Chocolate Carrot Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 40 mins

Every year at work we have around Valentine's Day a little ritual called Secret Pals, where you draw the name of a co-worker and spoil them all week with little gifts. At the end of the week you serve them with their favourite dessert and reveal your identity to them. One year I had someone who loved carrot cake so I wanted to give him something a little different so I looked through my cookbooks and found this recipe, which is a bit different than my usual carrot cake recipes. He absolutely loved it (and so did my husband!)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. CAKE: In a bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and allspice; stir in walnuts, raisins and coconut.
  2. In a large bowl, beat eggs; gradually blend in the brown and granulated sugars.
  3. Add oil; beat in chocolate.
  4. Stir in carrots.
  5. Add flour mixture all at once, mixing just until evenly combined.
  6. Line a greased 13 x 9-inch cake pan with parchment paper or waxed paper.
  7. Grease the paper.
  8. Pour the batter into the pan and bake in a 325 degree F oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until the top springs back when lightly touched and cake begins to pull away from the sides of the pan.
  9. Let cool.
  10. TO MAKE ICING: Meanwhile, in a bowl, beat cream cheese until light; beat in chocolate.
  11. Gradually beat in the sugar; cover and chill in the refrigerator for 30 to 60 minutes or until spreadable.
  12. Spread over the cooled cake.


Most Helpful

I am only reviewing the icing as I made it to go on a banana cake. It was very good and I would use it again. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

GaylaV March 08, 2008

We LOVE carrot cake and were expecting more carrot cake flavor. This is a chocolate cake and tastes like chocolate cake, with some chewiness from the walnuts and coconut. This was just O.K...I'm not leaving a rating since it just wasn't our thing. We could taste the oil, it fell apart a little bit when we took it out of the pan even after cooling, and we couldn't taste the carrots at all.

FLKeysJen October 09, 2007

I have made a recipe like this before and it was WONDERFUL. The choc. adds something wonderful to a carrot cake. I used regular cream cheese frosting..can not wait to try it w/ the choc. cream cheese frosting.

staceyelee January 16, 2006

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