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Tropical Carrot Cake Recipe

Tropical Carrot Cake Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 552 calories, 23g fat (7g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 320mg sodium, 83g carbohydrate (64g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.

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2124arizona User ID: 845443 264472
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2017

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

pidibidikin User ID: 8272515 252071
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2016

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

LeslieH User ID: 191346 249020
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2016


alphiemom User ID: 7613112 244236
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2016

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

KarenSueMcKeehan User ID: 7409520 243128
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2016

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

Only one I make now."

bernerlover User ID: 2342652 233959
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2015

"excellent cake! love, love loved it"

Sitzler User ID: 8453743 233873
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."

whoknew? User ID: 3643851 233163
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!!"

sandra_bakes_a_party User ID: 7121479 233099
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2015

"I was a disaster. Ended up in a bin."

JudyVarnamCox User ID: 8481470 232311
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2015

"Judy from PA

I have made carrot cake with pineapple for a long time, but this one takes the prize."

chrissz User ID: 8434147 232230
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2015

"This cake was very simple and tasted great with the coconut."

Sicania User ID: 5671405 231585
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2015

"Great for an easy carrot cake. I did substitute applesauce for the oil and it worked fine. I'll make this one again."

KittieCatt User ID: 6154720 231439
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2015

"I've been searching for a good (scratch) Carrot cake recipe, and this one looks as though I've finally found it! I have most of the ingredients on hand, so I'll give it a 'dry run' this weekend for my family. I was asked to bring a dessert to our friend's Labor Day cookout, so I'll most likely bring this delicious sounding cake. It sounds SOOO yummy!!"

MissArlene User ID: 7057140 231409
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2015

"Made for a church gathering & it was a big hit. Didn't change a thing."

bessiebell User ID: 6390314 231397
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2015

"Love this recipe. I make this ever Christmas, gotten so many compliments on it. enjoy baking and cooking, enjoy looking at all the recipes."

tsuop User ID: 6274346 231383
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2015

"This is exactly like the recipe I've been making for years. I got it from a Bed & breakfast cookbook. I eliminate the raisins ( I don't like rotten grapes : )) The cake is "To Die For" !!"

CherylKristant User ID: 3058198 7269
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."

spongebubbles86 User ID: 6682569 199776
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!"

meadmanor User ID: 5947688 7268
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."

deerpiks User ID: 82950 8459
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."

jif1965 User ID: 1661352 8456
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."

HoneybunchOnt User ID: 55485 12289
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2011

"I have been making this cake faithfully from the day I first saw the recipe way back in the mid-90's. My only change is I do not add raisins. I cannot say how many times I have been asked for the recipe or how many 'awesome' comments I have heard about it. Generally, I use a canned frosting in place of the real thing."

sharonrose2 User ID: 2215265 7267
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2011

"Took this to my sister's for Easter. Not only was it a big hit that day, but the next time the family came to my house they requested that I make it again. A sure sign of a winner. Moist and flavorful."

chocoloco User ID: 1876593 8455
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2011

"The best carrot cake I have ever tried. My husband hates carrot cake, and we got him to try this and liked it! Amazing does not describe this cake!"

jamielou5 User ID: 1718814 5674
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2011

"I have made this cake several times and it always is a hit. It is a very moist cake and keeps well so it can be made a day ahead if necessary."

goldray User ID: 1339465 199775
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2010

"Just love this recipe! I use to make it several times a year then lost the recipe. I just found it using this browser. Thank you so much!"

juli0509 User ID: 5002313 4025
Reviewed May. 4, 2010 Edited Feb. 21, 2017

"This cake is moist and delicious! My friends and family cannot get enough of this cake."

Tobojka User ID: 4415975 7300
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2010

"This cake is awesome. I made it the first time for staff at school and I had people calling me at home to rave about it. People ask for me to make it all the time. One recommendation is to use parchment in the cake pan because it is so moist. I have doubled the recipe to make a half sheet size, made it once as a 9x13, and several times as a three layer 8" cake. People cannot get enough of this cake. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe."

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