Carrot Cake Recipe
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Carrot Cake Recipe

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This wonderful recipe dates back to my great-grandmother! You'll love the texture this pretty, moist cake gets from pineapple, coconut and, of course, carrots! Its traditional cream cheese frosting adds just the right touch of sweetness. —Debbie Jones, California, Maryland
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups canola oil
  • 2 cups finely grated carrots
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup well-drained crushed pineapple
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Additional chopped nuts

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 785 calories, 46g fat (12g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 326mg sodium, 91g carbohydrate (69g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Add the eggs, oil, carrots and vanilla; beat until combined. Stir in pineapple, coconut and nuts.
  2. Pour into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. For frosting, beat cream cheese and butter in a small bowl until fluffy. Add the confectioners' sugar and vanilla; beat until smooth. Frost cake. Sprinkle with additional nuts. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Originally published as Carrot Cake in Taste of Home February/March 1993, p25

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nancy46kirkpatrick User ID: 501004 250465
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2016

"The best carrot cake I've ever eaten, never fails, everyone raves about it."

mwggi76 User ID: 8708768 242293
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2016

"I didn't like it at all.

You get much better dough if u combine first eggs, sugar and oil and then add the other stuff. Make a huge differenc.
Its way too oily. I throw away first dough and took then only a bit more than 1/2 cup of oil.
Its also too much sugar. I reduced it to 1/2 cup and it was sweet too.
First cake wasted"

Cyndy13 User ID: 7074413 242054
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2016

"I thought I had everything when I started to make this carrot cake. I didn't have any coconut, so I put in a cup of raisins, instead. The cake was extremely moist and my family enjoyed it. I will make it again and make sure that next time have coconut. I also only used 2 cups of powdered sugar in the frosting and 3 tablespoons of butter. The frosting was sweet enough without the extra cup of sugar."

Sewstuff2 User ID: 7593204 240299
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2015

"This was fantastic!"

Adriiv18 User ID: 8598782 236091
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2015

"Amazing recipe! Just made this last night and it came out sooooo moist! Definitely using it again."

apleticha User ID: 8444304 229264
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2015

"I just harvested some carrots in the garden when I decided to make this. I had to make some substitutions because I didn't have all the ingredients in the house. I used two Jumbo eggs instead of three normal sized eggs. One crushed peeled apple (used food processor) instead of pineapple. No vanilla. No nuts. I grated the carrots but then pluses them in the processor with dry goods cause I didn't think it was chopped enough.

As far as the frosting: I had half a package of cream cheese and some confession sugar
Taste was good. Could have used more carrots and vanilla."

swisherwife User ID: 8374817 226322
Reviewed May. 14, 2015

"I have this in the oven now. But I forgot to add the vanilla. Will it still be ok or should I start over?"

zara2006 User ID: 7920692 222194
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2015

"My husband loves this cake but I add 1 cup raisen to it per hubbys request. He is in heaven when he eats it."

sjculver1 User ID: 7287079 219755
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2015

"Best carrot cake ever. I have a lot of extra friends because of this cake. :)"

megan.reasoner User ID: 7434201 219717
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2015

"This recipe is ok. It's probably not the "best" recipe out there. The frosting wasn't sweet enough to me. I don't like the frosting to be too sweet or anything but it just didn't seem like the right amount of sweetness. So, if you really don't like the frosting to be too sweet then you'll probably love this recipe. I've had a lot better so I couldn't rate it a 5 star."

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