Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Elaine Bovender


This recipe is based on a recipe that my MIL gave to me about 45 years ago when I was a new bride. It was my hubby's favorite and she wanted to make sure that I could make it. I've tweaked it over the years with a few additions. It's a deliciously moist cake with lots of flavor. Enjoy!


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12 to 15, depending on serving size
15 Min
1 Hr


  • 1 1/4 c
    cooking oil (i use canola)
  • 2 c
  • 4 large
  • 1 tsp
    pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp
    black walnut flavoring
  • 2 c
    self-rising flour
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    ground cinnamon
  • 3 c
    shredded carrots
  • 1 can(s)
    crushed pineapple, 20 ounce size, well drained (reserve about 1/2 cup of the juice and set aside)
  • 1 c
    black walnuts

  • 1 pkg
    cream cheese, softened (8 ounce size)
  • 1/2 c
    butter, softened
  • 1 tsp
    pure vanilla extract
  • 1 lb
    confectioners' sugar
  • ·
    reserved pineapple juice

How to Make Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour tube or bundt pan and set aside.
  2. Whisk together self-rising flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon and set aside.
  3. Beat together oil and sugar until well mixed. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flavorings and mix well.
  4. Add flour mixture a little at a time and mix until well incorporated (batter will be stiff). By hand, stir in carrots, pineapple and nuts.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes or until cake tests done (in my oven it takes only about an hour). Allow to cool and carefully remove from pan. Frost cooled cake with pineapple cream cheese frosting (recipe directions to follow). Optional: Garnish with more black walnuts, if desired.
  6. For the Frosting: Beat together cream cheese, butter, and vanilla. Add confectioner's sugar a little at a time. Add reserved pineapple juice a little at a time and beat until frosting reaches spreading consistency. If frosting is too thin, just beat in some more confectioner's sugar.

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About Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Southern
Other Tags: For Kids Heirloom

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