Carrot Cake

We love a moist and delicious carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.  We have one sister that is absolutely crazy about carrot cake, we won’t mention any names….right, Kristen? :) This recipe has been in our family for years.  It is loaded with so many ingredients that make it the perfect carrot cake.  We know you will LOVE this one!

Carrot Cake
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
3/4 cups chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla

In a large mixing bowl cream together oil, sugar, and eggs.  Then add remaining ingredients and mix until well blended. Pour into a greased 9 x 13 baking dish.  (I used a glass pan)  Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes.

Cream Cheese Frosting
3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup margarine (softened at room temperature, do not melt)
1 8 ounce cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla

After the cake has cooled, mix the above ingredients until smooth and creamy.  Spread evenly over cake.

Serves: 15

Here are more of our favorite cake recipes:
Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Cake
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  1. says

    Am definitely going to try this one — coconut? That’s a new one. I suppose you could make cupcakes with this, couldn’t you? I want to send some to my husband’s office. Let me know about baking time for cupcakes if it’s different – I’m such a goof!!!

  2. Laura Clark says

    I have this in the oven right now. Cant wait to taste it. Has anyone tried it in a bundt cake form or did the 2 layers turn out for you, Cheryl? I love the prettiness of a round cake in my glass dish. :)

  3. says


    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!

  4. Pattie says

    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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