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 moist 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 Teeter-Casey, Enterprise, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES:12-16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12-16 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 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 McCormick® Pure 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
  • FROSTING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 4 to 4-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure 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.

Directions

  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

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.

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Reviewed Jul. 2, 2013

"This is the only carrot cake I make - it's a hit every time. Serves many hungry people and is actually good for you."

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Reviewed Mar. 8, 2013

"One of the best cakes I've ever had!! (although I used store-bought icing, so I can't comment on that part) It was deliciously moist, sweet, and addictive!"

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Reviewed Apr. 22, 2012

"I just found this recipe and from now on this is the only one I will make. Even a friend who is an excellent carrot cake maker said this was better than hers."

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Reviewed Nov. 12, 2011

"Moist and chock full of goodies, this cake is delicious. It's easy to make too, especially if you are serving it directly from the pan."

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Reviewed Oct. 4, 2011

"After making this recipe I never ever made a boxed cake again. Back in 2003 I added a twist to the recipe and added jalepeno's to the mix and a lil tabasco sauce. And jazzed up the frosting with a dash of tequila and some lime and orange zest for a friends bridal shower and it was a hit."

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