The Best Carrot Cake

Our family-favorite Carrot Cake doesn't get any more moist and delicious than this recipe! We've added in crushed pineapple and coconut to take this carrot cake over the top.

How to make carrot cake with pineapple and cream cheese frosting

We can’t resist a good carrot cake that is topped with delicious cream cheese frosting! This cake is so moist and flavorful – everyone will ask you for the recipe.

Ingredients in Our Carrot Cake

Obviously the carrots are the star of the show in this cake!

We kick this cake up a notch by loading it with crushed pineapple, shredded coconut, raisins, and walnuts.

Don’t let all of the ingredients scare you – they add so much flavor and make the cake so moist that you will never go back to your old carrot cake recipe again!

How to grate carrots

No one likes crunchy carrots in their carrot cake, so you want to make sure you grate your carrots very finely! Here’s how:

  • Scrub the outside of the carrots
  • Use a vegetable peeler to remove the outer layer of the carrot
  • Cut off the tops of the carrots
  • Using the finest holes on a cheese grater, carefully shred the carrots

For this recipe, you will need 2 cups of shredded (grated) carrots, which is about 2 large carrots.

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.

How to Make The Perfect Cream Cheese Frosting

After tweaking this recipe many times, we think we have perfected our frosting! It’s smooth and creamy and pairs perfectly with this cake!

To make this frosting:

  1. Using an electric mixer, cream room temperature cream cheese and butter together.
  2. Add in vanilla extract and mix for a few seconds.
  3. Slowly add in powdered sugar, about 1/2 cup at a time and mixing between each time you add more.

Other carrot cake recipes

If you love carrot cake, check out our Frosted Carrot Cake Cookies, Bite-Sized Carrot Cakes, or our White Chocolate Carrot Cake Bars.

Can you make this cake into cupcakes?

Yes! You can really convert any cake into cupcakes.

When it comes to temperature, the larger the cake the lower the temperature. To make these into cupcakes, increase your temperature about 25 degrees higher than what the recipe says.

When baking these as cupcakes, bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. This will allow your cupcakes to get a nice crust on the top, and a moist center.

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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 cake 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.



8945 cal


523 g


1093 g


74 g
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15 Responses to “The Best 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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