Carrot Nut Cake Recipe

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Mark and I planned to be wed on a mountain on a friend's ranch, but a snowstorm sent us to our alternate plan— a local country museum. Our friend Sandy Howe made a sheet cake using this recipe. Chock-full of nuts, pineapple and coconut, it's our favorite.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES:12-16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12-16 servings


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups finely shredded carrots
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, divided
  • Cream Cheese Frosting


  1. In a bowl, beat sugar, oil and vanilla. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt; add to the sugar mixture alternately with eggs. Mix well. Stir in carrots, coconut, pineapple and 1/2 cup pecans. Pour into a greased and floured 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Frost with Cream Cheese Frosting. Garnish with remaining nuts. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Originally published as Carrot Cake in Down the Aisle Country-Style 2000, p52

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dgjere 36035
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2011

"Everyone loved this cake at work."

gma cansalot 78204
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2011

"I took this to work for a treat and it received a 5 star rating from everyone. Super moist"

okredhead 85995
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2010

"this is an awesome carrot cake, I get great reviews and many request for every holiday. We used this as a grooms cake at our wedding was awesome Beth"

lucyriccardo 36022
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2010

"the amount of oil and sugar were too much... next time i do it i will reduce these... otherwise cake was very good."

Julie20fan 94445
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2010

"I forgot to rate this. It is deserving of five stars."

Julie20fan 53449
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2010

"This recipe was truly amazing. I made it for a friends birthday and it came out better than I thought. Absolutely perfect. I will definitely make this cake again. Thanks so much for sharing this with us."

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