Anytime Easter gets closer I start thinking and thinking about the best carrot cake recipe! It is just so good I start dreaming about it. Haha.
You can make the best carrot cake with pineapple, isn’t that kind of surprising?! The flavors of the carrot cake mix perfectly with pineapple and it actually enhances the flavor.
Another thing I love about this recipe is that it is a homemade carrot cake in a 9×13 inch pan! No need to have fancy frosting skills, just keep it in the dish and frost it, and enjoy it!
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Ingredients You’ll Need For The Best Carrot Cake Recipe:
- Canola oil
- Grated carrots
- Crushed pineapple
- Shredded coconut
- Chopped walnuts
- Baking soda
- Baking powder
- Powdered sugar
- Cream cheese
How To Make The Best Carrot Cake Recipe:
To make the cake part for this carrot cake begin by preheating the oven to 325 degrees and creaming together the oil, sugar, and eggs in a large mixing bowl.
Then add in the grated carrots, drained crushed pineapple, flour, shredded coconut, raisins, chopped walnuts, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla and mix it all together until it is well combined.
Once it’s blended together, pour it into a greased 9×13 inch baking dish and place it in the oven and let it bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
While the cake cools down, mix together the powdered sugar, softened butter, softened cream cheese, and vanilla extract until it is nice and creamy.
After the cake is completely cooled down, spread the frosting evenly over top of the cake.
To Make The Best Carrot Cake Recipe You Will Need:
- 9×13 inch pan (just like THIS one!)
- Mixing bowls (2)
- Hand mixer
- Rubber spatula
Can You Make Your Own Crushed Pineapple?
Out of the list of ingredients for this carrot cake, crushed pineapple might be one of the things you might not have or could have a little hard time finding. But don’t fret you can indeed make your own crushed pineapple.
With the Foodie Affair’s blog about how to make your own crushed pineapple from fresh pineapple, you will be able to make this recipe no matter what! I promise you don’t want to skip the pineapple because it adds so much flavor.
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The Best Carrot Cake Recipe
- 1¼ cup canola oil
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 eggs
- 2 cups grated carrots
- 1 cup crushed pineapple drained
- 2½ cups flour
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 1 cup raisins
- ¾ cups chopped walnuts optional
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- ½ cup butter (softened to room temperature, do not melt)
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- In a large bowl cream together oil, sugar, and eggs.
- Then add remaining cake ingredients and mix until well blended.
- Pour into a greased 9 x 13 inch baking dish. (I used a glass pan)
- Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes.
- Cool completely on a cooling rack before frosting the cake.
- After the cake has cooled, mix the powdered sugar, butter, cream cheese and vanilla in a separate bowl until smooth and creamy. Spread evenly over cake.
- You can substitute butter or shortening for the margarine in the cream cheese frosting.
- 9×13-inch Baking Pan
- 2 Mixing bowls
- Hand mixer
This homemade carrot cake recipe is bound to become a staple in your kitchen. Its moist texture will leave you and your loved ones craving for more. The combination of key ingredients such as grated carrots, ground cinnamon, crushed pineapple and shredded coconut contribute to the moist crumb, resulting in a delightful burst of carrot flavor.
Our easy carrot cake recipe stands out not only for its simplicity but also for its extraordinary taste. The secret ingredient is obviously the crushed pineapple. It’s what makes our moist carrot cake so unique. The rich cream cheese frosting adds a touch of deliciousness, but the real star of the recipe is the crushed pineapple.
Pairing this scrumptious cake with our favorite cream cheese frosting elevates it to a whole new level. The creamy, fluffy frosting perfectly complements the crushed pineapple, creating flavors that are sure to earn compliments from anyone who indulges in a slice.
If you’re baking this for the first time, don’t worry! Follow the recipe card closely for best results. You’re welcome to modify the recipe and make it your own, if you feel a little adventurous. Whether you decide to make carrot cake cupcakes, carrot cake bars, or the classic layer cake, the moistness and flavor profile remain consistently exceptional.
The use of a food processor or box grater to shred the carrots adds to the ease of preparation, creating a perfect base for the best carrot cake. After the cake is baked to perfection, allow it to cool on a wire rack before frosting. Take the extra step of leveling the cake for a polished finish, remembering to generously frost the top while ensuring that the sides of the cake are adequately covered.
Storing any leftovers in an airtight container or plastic wrap maintains the cake’s moisture, allowing you to enjoy more of this delicious treat next time you need to indulge your sweet tooth.
For those in love with the idea of carrot cake but are yet to find the perfect recipe, let this be your only recipe—your ultimate go-to for creating the most luscious, moist, and downright delicious carrot cake that you and your loved ones will crave year-round. The best thing about our unique recipe is its uncanny ability to turn even the pickiest of eaters into a fan of carrot cake.
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