This easy, no-fuss Carrot Cake is a springtime (Easter!) favorite. A rich flavorful carrot cake baked in a single layer and topped with a vanilla cream cheese frosting, for a sweet cake that's hard to stop at just one piece.
Preheat oven to 325F.
In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients EXCEPT grated carrots and pecans. Mix by hand or with a mixer, until ingredients are just barely incorporated.
Fold in gated carrots and pecans.
Pour batter into a 9x13 inch non-stick baking pan (no need to grease). Bake for 40-50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely, before frosting.
In a medium bowl (or bowl of a stand mixer), beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add vanilla extract, and then confectioner's sugar, 1 cup at a time, until frosting is smooth.
Using a butter knife, spread frosting evenly over cake. Garnish, if desired, with pecan halves - one half per slice when cut (or, chop, and sprinkle over top).
Store, covered at room temperature, for up to 3-4 days.