Carrot Cake

We love a moist and delicious carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.  One sister is absolutely crazy about carrot cake, we won't mention any names....right, Kristen? :) This carrot cake recipe has been in our family for years. We know you will LOVE this one!

How to make carrot cake with pineapple and cream cheese frosting

We can’t resist a good carrot cake that is loaded with delicious cream cheese frosting. We have big cream cheese frosting lovers in our family, so the thicker the frosting-the BETTER. Growing up we would have chosen chocolate cake over carrot cake, but as our taste buds have matured,  we would never turn down a piece of carrot cake.

Don’t let all of the ingredients in carrot cake intimidate you. You can’t go wrong with this recipe. The extra ingredients like coconut, raisins, pineapple, nuts and of course carrots, make the cake super moist and bursting with flavor.  

Shortcuts for the cake

We found that the shredded carrots in the produce department at your grocery store work great in this carrot cake recipe. (Or you can shred your own.) We are all about shortcuts when they don’t affect the flavor.  And don’t forget the raisins. Regular or golden raisins can be used.

Carrot cake is delicious served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. But there is something to be said about a big cold glass of milk with your carrot cake. That’s how our dad loves to eat his carrot cake.

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Serves: 15

Carrot Cake

You will love this carrot cake recipe. It is loaded with so many ingredients bursting with flavor. Nothing better than super moist carrot cake and this recipe won't disappoint. It's been a family favorite for years.

1 hr, 15 Prep Time

45 minCook Time

2 hrTotal Time

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  • 1 1/4 cups canola oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple (drained)
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 3/4 cups chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Frosting
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (softened to room temperature, do not melt)
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. In a large mixing bowl cream together oil, sugar, and eggs.
  2. Then add remaining ingredients and mix until well blended.
  3. Pour into a greased 9 x 13 inch baking dish. (I used a glass pan)
  4. Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes.
  5. Cool completely before frosting the cake.
  6. Frosting
  7. After the cake has cooled, mix the powdered sugar, butter, cream cheese and vanilla until smooth and creamy. Spread evenly over cake.
Recipe Type: Cake


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15 Responses to “Carrot Cake”

    Hello, Hello, I'm a noob baker from Manila. I've aready baked this carrot cake recipe as well as your One Bowl Chocolate cake. I made them for my mom and aun'ts birthday. They turned out amazing! I'll be blogging about them soon and will of course create a link to this site. I will also be trying the other recipes you have. Your blog is now one of my go-to sites for baking. :) I was just wondering if I can substitute butter or shortening instead of margarine for the cream cheese frosting? Appreciate your help!
  2. Pattie
    I made this for my mom on mothers day and this is absolutely the best carrot cake recipe I have tried. I was afraid the pineapple and coconut may be overpowering however it was very subtle and in fact no one even knew the coconut was in the cake. The frosting is amazing as well. This will be a staple in my collection - thanks for sharing!

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