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Carrot Cake

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min.

Makes

12 servings

My family's best carrot cake recipe dates back to my great-grandmother! We bake up a few of these carrot cakes for special occasions to make sure there's enough to go around. You'll love the texture this pretty, moist treat gets from pineapple, coconut and, of course, carrots! —Debbie Terenzini-Wilkerson, Lusby, Maryland
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1-1/2 cups canola oil
  • 2 cups finely grated carrots
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup well-drained crushed pineapple
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Additional chopped nuts

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Add the eggs, oil, carrots and vanilla; beat until combined. Stir in pineapple, coconut and nuts.
  2. Pour into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. For frosting, beat cream cheese and butter in a small bowl until fluffy. Add the confectioners' sugar and vanilla; beat until smooth. Frost cake. Sprinkle with additional nuts. Store in the refrigerator.
Test Kitchen Tips
  • Get more depth of flavor when you toast the nuts. Learn how to here.
  • Grate your carrots fast with a food processor!
  • Using room temperature eggs helps the cake mix more evenly and achieve a higher volume.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 piece: 819 calories, 49g fat (12g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 346mg sodium, 91g carbohydrate (72g sugars, 3g fiber), 8g protein.