Frosted Carrot Cake Recipe
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Frosted Carrot Cake Recipe

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We have enjoyed this cake for years. Whenever there's a gathering of family and friends, it seems my cake is always requested.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES:12-15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12-15 servings


  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 599 calories, 29g fat (11g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 378mg sodium, 81g carbohydrate (62g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, oil, buttermilk, sugar and vanilla until well blended. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into egg mixture until blended. Stir in the pineapple, carrots, raisins, nuts and coconut.
  2. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. In another large bowl, combine frosting ingredients; beat until creamy. Frost cake. Yield: 12-15 servings.
Originally published as Carrot Cake in Country April/May 1993, p49

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anna User ID: 9066069 264709
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2017

"really good recipe. halved the sugar and it was perfect!"

7833louis User ID: 1040763 254574
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2016

"I'm not a carrot cake fan but this was really good! I used half the sugar and left out the raisins and coconut and used sunflower oil instead of canola. I have a feeling my sweet, garden carrots made a difference. I made half the frosting, which was plenty. I'll be making this to take to work. Thanks for sharing!"

kblackbird User ID: 1427193 237339
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2015

"Excellent! I didn't use all of the icing, but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. Everyone loved it!"

forbiddendelight User ID: 5108393 229370
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2015

"Love Love this recipes. I've tried this recipe last year and fell in love with it. I just forgot to write a review. The only thing I don't do is put the crush pineapple and coconut in my cake. I give it a 10 star."

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 216123
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2014

"I tried this recipe for the first time! I used 1/2 packed brown sugar and 1/2 granulated sugar. I used 3/4 to 7/8 cup of evaporated milk, soured with 1 Tbsp. cider vinegar. I used 1 tsp. salt instead of 1/2 tsp. salt. I also crushed a 20-oz. can of pineapple slices in my food processor and measured out 1 cup of crushed pineapple for the cake. I also mixed 1/8 cup all-purpose flour with the raisins before adding to batter. I omitted the nuts as there are folks who can experience nut allergies. I used a greased and floured 12x8" baking pan, 6 lined muffin pans and a 5" mini loaf pan, greased and floured. I found that I just needed to bake the cake 40 to 45 minutes since I baked the loaf, cupcakes and 12x8" cake all together.

For the icing: I just used: 1/4 cup butter or margarine, 4 oz. cream cheese, 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar and 1 tsp. vanilla which I just used for the 12x8" size cake. I then iced the 12x8" cake when it cooled and chilled the cake to allow the icing to set. NOTE: I did keep the carrots and coconut the same-I HAD shredded the carrots in my food processor!
The eggs and oil, vanilla extract, flour, cinnamon and baking soda I also kept the same! This IS a really nice recipe! Thank you for sharing it! delowenstein"

snibbity User ID: 2585536 38463
Reviewed May. 25, 2014

"I made this and it is delicious. Moist and oh so full of flavor. I loved the frosting but this recipe makes way too much for this cake. I would cut the recipe in half next time. Also, I did not have any coconut in the house so I went without it. I didn't have any raisins in the house so used Craisins instead. One thing I really enjoyed about this recipe was how easy it was and how moist it was. I baked mine in a 9" round spring pan. It worked out beautifully..."

tp90jws User ID: 1035784 14071
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2014

"I have made this cake for years for my son's birthday. His birthday, Christmas, would not be complete without it. It's moist, dense, flavorful and simply the best! I don't even bother ordering carrot cake out anymore?.nothing measures up to this carrot cake."

LloydB User ID: 6403141 34226
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2013

"This is a very good cake, I made it for my church, and for my family Christmas get together, everybody raved about it as being a fantastic cake. It's the best"

maryaliceann User ID: 1375652 14034
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2013

"sounds wonderful!! could you put the cake mix in 2- 9" round pans to make a layered dessert? how long would you bake the rounds and would you need to make more frosting?"

leo1968 User ID: 7303248 14031
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2013

"must have to's just it.

thank you home of taste for sharing your experience and taste with us."

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