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Classic Carrot Cake Recipe

Classic Carrot Cake Recipe

I entered this yummy, moist carrot cake in a Colorado Outfitters Association dessert contest, and it took first place! —Cheri Eby, Gunnison, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling YIELD:15 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 can (8 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups shredded carrots (about 4 medium)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • FROSTING:
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 13x9-in. baking dish.
  • 2. Drain pineapple, reserving 2 tablespoons juice (discard remaining juice or save for another use). In a large bowl, beat eggs, carrots, sugars, oil, drained pineapple and reserved juice until well blended. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; gradually beat into carrot mixture until blended. Stir in walnuts. Transfer to prepared dish.
  • 3. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 35-40 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • 4. For frosting, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Beat in vanilla. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar. Spread over cake. Yield: 15 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 555 calories, 34g fat (10g saturated fat), 88mg cholesterol, 361mg sodium, 59g carbohydrate (44g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.

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KimApodaca User ID: 8961496 256158
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2016

"I tried this recipe last night, and it fell apart. Again, I tried it today and made three cakes. They all fell apart as well. The taste is wonderful, but this recipe needs to be tweeked a little bit before you have it showing on google so close to the top."

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akersandacres User ID: 7917420 247205
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2016

"I am making this cake the second time in two weeks! I've got out of town guest coming and I can't think of a dessert they would like more. This is the best carrot cake ever! With a few more folks in the house, I don't have to worry about eating the whole thing all by myself."

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DyannaW User ID: 8834145 247061
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2016

"Made this today. SO delicious! Could eat the whole pan. Discovered I had less than a tsp of cinnamon. Substituted pumpkin pie spice. Otherwise followed the recipe"

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chocolatecookies User ID: 1014884 246202
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2016

"Made this cake for Easter. It is very good, moist and dense, and the frosting is just sweet enough and a little tangy. It only needed to bake 30 minutes in my oven. I used pecans vs. walnuts (we have a pecan tree) and changed the 2 tsp of cinnamon to 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon plus 1/2 tsp mace; otherwise, made per the recipe."

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jcquintana User ID: 7562833 245191
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2016

"Just made this and if I could give it more stars I would. This is delicious. I could have eaten the entire cake. Followed the recipe exactly and can't find a thing bad about it."

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lemarie User ID: 8798009 245142
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2016

"Excellent recipe moist and not too sweet. Highly recommended"

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cookiesdolly User ID: 6465499 244994
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2016

"BEST CARROT cake RECIPE EVER!!!! EXCELLENT!!!! Made exactly the way recipe is written."

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Blarney1 User ID: 1971265 240942
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2016

"Excellent recipe! I added some raisons and it came out great!"

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Bahati User ID: 8580314 236168
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2015

"It was fantastic and delicious taste"

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Abby_21 User ID: 1024283 233966
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2015

"This is my "go to" recipe for carrot cake. It is delicious. I add raisins but otherwise follow the recipe exactly. There is, however, absolutely NO WAY this bakes in 35-40 minutes. It is now in my oven in a ceramic pan and has been there for 60 minutes. I am giving it ten more minutes... And no, there is nothing wrong with my oven. It always takes at least an hour to bake!"

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chrissz User ID: 8434147 232231
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2015

"This carrot cake was very simple. I made it for a friends birthday and they thought it was great. I had made the cream cheese frosting between 2 layers and decorated the cake using buttercream. I did use vegetable oil rather than the canola and it was fine."

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syakizan User ID: 8405784 227587
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2015

"good"

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shellbabbie@yahoo.com User ID: 1160184 227392
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2015

"Excellent excellent excellent!"

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KittieCatt User ID: 6154720 226181
Reviewed May. 11, 2015

"We love carrot cake, so even though I have not yet made this cake.... it sounds delicious. I'll definitely try this recipe. Why canola oil, can vegetable oil be used instead? Also, can the equivalent of Egg Beaters be used, instead of whole eggs?"

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alexis518 User ID: 7130573 225471
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2015

"Made this for a bake sale as a two layer cake and included recipe and this was the first cake sold! Used the extra pineapple juice in the frosting and topped with extra chopped walnuts. Smelled heavenly while it was cooking. Will make it again for me and hubby."

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NikoleMarie11 User ID: 8269668 221228
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2015

"Awesome carrot cake. This was my first time making this and everyone loved it! I actually made them cupcakes :)"

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lmjohnsen User ID: 8264290 220803
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2015

"The recipe was very good and I will make this again. The only small change was the amount of sugar in the cake. I used 3/4 cup of white and brown instead of the 1 cup of each. It worked out very well."

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dianewhaley User ID: 8098924 220473
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2015

"I've tried other carrot cake recipes with varying degrees of success. But now I've found my KEEPER! This is good, moist and easy! The only thing I did differently is that I added about 1/4 cup of sweetened, shredded coconut to the wet mixture. And from some of the other reviews I gathered that the full recipe of icing was way too much so I only made a half recipe. It was just right."

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angela32 User ID: 3084463 217751
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2015

"Very good! I liked the brown sugar, over white sugar in the this recipe."

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kturner057 User ID: 1740686 217747
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2015

"Excellent!!! Dense and moist and so easy! The frosting was great too! It barely lasted 3 days!"

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eaglecrazy User ID: 8064068 217324
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2015

"This cake is just like a recipe I got from a friend 30 years ago. My frosting is a little different, but very good. 1 (8 oz.) cream cheese, 1/4 c. butter, 2 tsp. vanilla, 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice and a 16 oz. box of powdered sugar. The frosting makes more than you need (but it freezes beautifully.) Delicious cake!!!"

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TiffHardy User ID: 7992912 164431
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2014

"First ever homemade carrot cake & it was amazing!! Great recipe!!"

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skipperstrucking User ID: 4577232 122821
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2014

"Great recipe. very moist. I baked this in a fluted bundt cake pan and it took 55 minutes to cook it through. Will definitely save and make many more times."

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rivergulch User ID: 6817712 67690
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2014

"It was a great hit for a dish to pass at a family get together. A lot of comments on how moist it was"

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Carol Bishop User ID: 660921 164014
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2014

"Very tastey and moist we all lved it"

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vjhaines User ID: 5415809 95314
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2014

"I made this recipe exactly as it called for but I baked two 9" round pans @ 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes instead of a 13"X 9"baking dish . It was the best. After icing it with one layer between the 2 cakes and all around the outside, I patted chopped walnuts all around the outside. Great presentation!"

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jackie19432 User ID: 2634262 164429
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2013

"I am just an ok cook, this cake is the best, perfect every time,makes me look like a pro."

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deathtosmurfs User ID: 7459293 149728
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2013

"Great recipe! The blood from your knuckles just adds flavor."

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Jenni85 User ID: 7089829 67688
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2013

"cookersa: here is a recipe with coconut. 1 1/2C oil, 2c. sugar, 3 eggs, 2c. flour, 2 tsp. cinnamon, 2 tsp. baking soda, 2 tsp., vanilla, 1 tsp. salt, 1 c. coconut, 1c. chopped walnuts, 1 (8oz.) can crushed pineapple, 2c. grated carrots. Beat oil, sugar and eggs. Add and mix the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, vanilla and salt. Add coconut, nuts, undrained pineapple and carrots. Bake in a 9x13 inch greased and floured pan at 350 degrees for 60-70 minutes. Frosting: 8 oz. cream cheese, 2c. powdered sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla, 3/4 stick oleo, softened. Cream the cream cheese and oleo. Add sugar and vanilla. Beat for 2 minutes."

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cookersa User ID: 6508000 166103
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2013

"This sounds like a recipe I lost, except mine had coconut in it. If you find one like that please post. Thanks . Will definitely give this a try"

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pooky37 User ID: 5918017 122819
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2013

"5 stars ! Fantastic recipe. Lots of compliments, didn't change the recipe at all. I entered this in the 2013 county fair, got first place and a silver platter for best cake of the year. Awesome all the way. Thank you :)"

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BeaDaNurse User ID: 7209331 95431
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2013

"I tried this recipe for Easter. It's a great place to start -- but not quite there yet. It was over-the-top too sweet for my taste (and I love sweet stuff). And the carrot flavor got lost in the shuffle. I will be tweaking this recipe and test driving it again in the future by decreasing the sugar to a total of 1 1/2 cups (3/4 c. white and 3/4 c. brown), and increasing the shredded carrots to 3 cups.

As for the frosting, I was very skeptical of using only 1 1/2 c. powdered sugar -- but I gave it the benefit of the doubt and stuck with the original recipe. And I loved it. Using the smaller amount of powdered sugar let the cream cheese flavor shine through. Of course, you could never use it to pipe. (But that is true of all cream cheese frostings.)
I did make this cake in two 9-inch cake pans as written and tested the cake after 30 minutes. It was spot on. I was afraid the cream cheese frosting would melt down the sides of the cake, but it held up fine with keeping it in the refrigerator. My husband can't stay out of it!"

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jenvaz User ID: 4645321 76632
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2013

"best carrot cake ever!!"

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jackstrat User ID: 7140557 151123
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2013

"The cake part was very good--rave reviews at our Church potluck. However, the frosting, IMHO is off a bit. I used the better part of 5 cups of confectioner's sugar and 3 tsp of vanilla to get it "right". I figure the reviewer who went with 1 pkg cream cheese and 2 cups sugar is probably close to perfect."

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danalbell User ID: 3817192 208806
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2013

"This is now my go-to recipe for carrot cake. It is unbelievably good!"

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delowenstein User ID: 3766053 164427
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2012

"I definitely am going to try this recipe and then I'll post the results! It sounds delicious! Dawn E. Lowenstein"

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trevenna User ID: 6651003 164734
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2012

"NO FLAVOR..AN FELL IN THE MIDDLE WHEN I TOOK OUT OF THE OVEN...

FROSTING WASN'T VERY SWEET..COULD OF USED LESS CREAM CHEESE AN MORE 10XX SURGAR..."

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nat.maillet User ID: 5596789 149888
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2012

"amazing recipe! everyone loves it! do you think you can make it as cupcakes?"

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tinker99 User ID: 5874983 164733
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2012

"This was excellent! Very moist and delicious. I will definitely make this again. Best recipe I've ever had for carrot cake."

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Briadona User ID: 5500759 96500
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2012

"Sorry but can't agree with most reviewers here. Definitely have much better recipes for carrot cake. Think the dark brown sugar made it too dark and gave it a crumbly texture. Also by the time the cake was done the edges and some of the bottom were slightly burnt. Also too much icing for the cake pan size. Had planned to wow company but had to store buy another dessert in this case."

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acashen33 User ID: 5946472 95428
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2012

"I made this for my daughter's birthday party and everyone loved it!!

I made a couple changes just to make it a bit healthier. I didn't drain the pineapple. i used only egg whites. 1/2 cup applesauce in place of all the oil. I split the flour 50/50 with whole wheat flour and all purpose flour and I used 1 fat free cream cheese and 1 reduced fat cream cheese. I was fantastic!"

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Colorado_Cookie User ID: 6400788 67687
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2012

"How long do you bake it as a 3-layer cake and please let me know if you use 8" or 9" pans."

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jkrausz17 User ID: 4318603 76628
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2011

"This recipe is amazing.....nothing but rave reviews from my family. I added raisins to the cake for a little more flavor!"

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carolynstowers User ID: 4001197 164420
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2011

"I have made 1/2 of this recipe since frist view. It has alway came out delicious except the last time I bake this carrot cake. What I did incorrectly was to beat the ingredients too much and turned the first ingredients to slush. Please, don't over beat. Because, this is a very good recipe."

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carollm User ID: 256994 151122
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2011

"This is the best carrot cake recipe I've ever tried. It's fast, easy and best of all, it always turns out. You can make it a day or two ahead and it's even better then."

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army_wife User ID: 6160053 151121
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2011

"I must admit I made an account on here just to rate this recipe. This is by far the best carrot cake I have ever tasted. The frosting and the cake are both delicious. The only thing I did differently was I did heaping tsps of the cinnamon. but other than that I just stuck directly to the recipe. I highly recommend making this cake. I made it in a bundt pan which took about 10 min longer to cook in my oven. There was a ton of frosting but that was just fine with me because I like my frosting to go on a bit thick. YUM!"

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s_pants User ID: 174050 67686
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2011

"I made this for a birthday celebration at my sister's work. I personally did not eat any, but she told me that everyone thought this was the best carrot cake they had ever had and even people who don't like carrot cake liked it. I left out the nuts and made it a 3 layer round cake instead. If you want to remove from the pans to frost, make sure you grease well AND FLOUR the pans. The icing tasted really good, but it was difficult to frost between the layers and the entire cake, but my sister said it tasted fine with the amount there was. Just made it tricky to look pretty. Oh, and I added carrot curls in the middle on top for presentation."

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TeciaLittia User ID: 1379848 95313
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2011

"This is the only Carrot cake I bake & it stays moist & delicious even after a couple of days, if any leftover. Sometimes I add about 1/4 cup coconut flakes but it doesn't need it."

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DianeBrookbank User ID: 5989276 149887
Reviewed May. 15, 2011

"This is outstanding. We don't eat nuts - just left them out and it was WONDERFUL!"

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Janice24 User ID: 42024 208805
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2011

"This was a hit for our Easter dinner. I did substitute 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce for 1/2 the oil and it still was delicious."

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jenny73 User ID: 1172134 164419
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2011

"This cake is wonderful. My family loved it!"

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trujinx User ID: 3449265 103296
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2011

"Great recipe ! Everyone at work loved it and even took pieces home for their dinner dessert ! ( I cheated and used canned cream cheese frosting only because I ran out of time.. but still tasted FABULOUS !! )"

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jax4787 User ID: 5528762 151120
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2011

"The cake was pretty good. I do not know if I would make it again, I might try a different recipe. I did not like the frosting and it made way to much for the cake."

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RuthStew User ID: 231550 164008
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2011

"I am like a previous reviewer, weirich. I would like to know the nutrients.

Ruth"

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itsnanayall User ID: 5904236 95427
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2011

"I made this cake several times, but I make it in 3 layers. I even entered it in a company bake contest. I won 1st prize. Thanks for this easy cake recipe. I serve it with sliced assorted cheeses."

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weirich User ID: 4203270 151118
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2011

"I would like to know the nutrients for this receipt. I have changed some ingredients to make it more diabetic friendly, but am still worried about the total carbs."

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gk33061 User ID: 1621193 76626
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2011

"I made this cake for a co-worker's birthday. The entire staff loved it. The cake is very moist and the frosting is wonderful. The recipe is easy to make. I'll definitely make it again."

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Ubaldo User ID: 5412218 208804
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2011

"I love this recipe, very moist and delicious. I kept to the recipe as it was except for the frosting. For the frosting I used:

-1 package cream cheese
-1/2 cup of butter
-3 tsp of vanilla extract
-2 cups of confectioners sugar
I changed the frosting because my wife doesn't like it too cream cheesy. If you do, then keep it just the same, it was delicious."

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skm59 User ID: 5791252 67685
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2011

"This is a excellent recipe. very moist cake and frosting isgreat!. Everyone loved the cake. will be making again."

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jessiefl245 User ID: 1536526 95232
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2010

"This is absolutely the best carrot cake ever. I made it for a co-worker and everyone was eating it, even the ones that said they didn't like carrot cake. They said it was the best they have eaten also."

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Greta's Granny User ID: 5566689 164417
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2010

"Easy - moist - delicious. cake and frosting rock! Made it once and was thrilled. Made it several times since then and thrilled a lot of folks... Good choice!"

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lindadale User ID: 1882430 96472
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2010

"I give this recipe 5 stars! The best Carrot cake I have ever made. The icing is the best as well."

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Gypsy Rose User ID: 5237941 149886
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2010

"I Made this for my Mom for Mother's Day, She is picky about her Carrot cake, as her favorite was from a restraunt called Bakers Square, since the nearest one to us is out of business I had to find a recipe that might compare! This Was wonderful I added a Cup of Raisins to complete it, and some " Nut topping" on top and She and the Whole Family loved it! This is the First cake I have ever baked from scratch and it was soooo easy, and turned out nice and moist!!!! And the Recipe for the Cream Cheese Frosting was perfect!!!"

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carolynstowers User ID: 4001197 164416
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2010

"Every carrot cake I've made from scratch came out tasting like a spice cake except for this recipe. This cake taste like the ones you order in a 4 star restaurant. I'm making 1/2 of the recipe this time and baking in a loaf pan. My husband and I are the only ones left at home and the 12 serving cake is just too much. I am adding pecans instead of walnuts and raisins to the recipe. Anyone wanting to try this recipe you will not be disappointed. HAPPY COOKING"

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k_homola User ID: 5116559 151009
Reviewed May. 13, 2010

"I found this recipe while searching for a carrot cake I could make with ingredients I already had in my house. It was absolutely amazing! It is so moist and delicious. My family requests this for almost every party we have. Absolutely my favorite cake!"

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brenda.kho User ID: 5117398 67684
Reviewed May. 9, 2010

"this cake is fantastic...I add another 4 ounce of rasing...which it turns out very good & moist.I would suggest to reduce the sugar to 3/4 cup......love it very much!!!"

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Kdeluca88 User ID: 4932400 149872
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2010

"The cake came out so moist. It was easy to make. The only problem I had with baking it was that I had to cook it about 55 minutes. At 35 minutes the center of the cake was like jelly. Other than that this cake was a hit. I would definitely make it again! Love it! :)"

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Coupon_Queen User ID: 4384242 95229
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2010

"This carrot cake was amazing. The pineapple made it super moist and delicious. I used 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon and 1/2 tsp. nutmeg. This will be my permanent carrot cake recipe!!"

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Miss Mianna User ID: 4162629 95311
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2010

"A very good carrot cake, everyone enjoyed it and so easy to make."

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lindadale User ID: 1882430 67683
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2010

"This is the BEST Carrot cake recipe I have ever tried! Thanks for posting this."

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jodil User ID: 1622268 208803
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2010

"I really love this cake! It is not too heavy and has a bit less oil than some other carrot cake recipes. I may try adding little nutmeg or allspice next time."

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smfeldner User ID: 3400556 164414
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2009

"Hi JanisRobinson,

Try these two lighter versions of Carrot cake:
http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/Makeover-Moist-Carrot-cake
http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/Gluten-Free-Carrot-cake
Happy baking!"

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JanisRobinson User ID: 1920058 95310
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2009

"Do you have a light version of this recipie?"

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judy1957 User ID: 3341353 95228
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2009

"Has anyone cooked this cake in a bundt pan? If so,any special directions???"

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jodybaker User ID: 3820344 95225
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2009

"This is the first carrot cake i ever attempted to make, and it was awesome. It will be my go to dessert from now on."

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dryanre User ID: 2126347 76612
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2008

"WE ALWAYS LOVE COSTCO'S CARROT cake, BUT NEVER AGAIN!...

THIS cake GOT SCREAMING-RAVE REVIEWS EVEN FROM MY 8 GRANDCHILDREN!"

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llafontaine80 User ID: 1149697 164005
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2008

"The cake itself was good, but the cream cheese icing was AWESOME!"

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