Tropical Carrot Cake Recipe
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Tropical Carrot Cake Recipe

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I look forward to August because our family reunion means fun and great food, like this classic cake with the special flair it gets from pineapple. My great-aunt gave me this recipe, and I always make it for the reunion. —Victoria Casey, Enterprise, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES:12-16 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12-16 servings


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

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 552 calories, 23 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 57 mg cholesterol, 320 mg sodium, 83 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 7 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, beat eggs, oil and buttermilk. Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; add to egg mixture and mix well. Stir in vanilla, carrots, raisins, pineapple, walnuts and coconut; mix well. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool.
  2. For frosting, beat all ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Frost cake. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Originally published as Tropical Carrot Cake in Taste of Home August/September 1994, p39

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Reviewed Feb. 21, 2016

"This exact recipe has been passed down in my family for 4 generations. It is an excellent cake."

Reviewed Feb. 3, 2016

"Made this several times. Best carrot cake recipe I have ever tried. Absolutely wonderful.

Only one I make now."

Reviewed Oct. 4, 2015

"excellent cake! love, love loved it"

Reviewed Oct. 2, 2015

"Made this carrot cake. Everyone loved it . Neighbors asked for more and asked if they could have some when I made it again."

Reviewed Sep. 19, 2015

"I made 2 of these for a golf cookout dessert. Everyone was blown away, and were WOWED by their taste buds. My picky husband said it was the best cake ever. Many came back for seconds. Thank you for a great recipe and for making me look good!!"

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