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Tropical Carrot Cake

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


  • 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 sweetened shredded 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


  • 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.
  • For frosting, beat all ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Frost cake.

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  • Christine
    Feb 8, 2020

    This cake is soooo d. elicious !!! It is so moist !! The only change I made was I used 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce instead of the 3/4 cup canola oil. I will definitely make this again !

  • annoliveri
    Apr 7, 2019

    Great recipe. I’ve made this a number of times and it’s very moist and flavorful.

  • sandy444
    Jan 14, 2019

    I followed the recipe except didn't use coconut as we don't like it. Came out really good!

  • debpenns
    Dec 15, 2018

    I love carrot cake ever since i was a little girl grandma would make me one when i seen this recipe i had to try it! wow!! its amazing!!

  • savannagalee
    Jun 18, 2018

    My favorite carrot cake recipe. Been making it since it was introduced to TH in '93/'94.

  • keajay
    Aug 31, 2017

    Wonderful cake but very sweet. Will definitely make again but will cut the sugar back to 1 1/2 cups.

  • 2124arizona
    Apr 8, 2017

    Took this to a friend for dessert and everyone loved it!!

  • pidibidikin
    Jul 31, 2016

    I only have non fat milk in my house, will it be that much different?

  • LeslieH
    Jun 3, 2016


  • alphiemom
    Feb 21, 2016

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