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easy carrot cake

(4 ratings)
Recipe by
Jeanne Benavidez
Odessa, TX

I love carrot cake but sometimes I don't have time to make it from scratch. I found this recipes many years ago and it has been a great stand-in for the "from scratch" version.

(4 ratings)
prep time 15 Min
cook time 35 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For easy carrot cake

  • 1
    (18.5 oz) box carrot cake mix
  • 1/2 c
    liquid (reserved pineapple juice plus enough water to make 1/2 cup)
  • 1/3 c
    canola oil
  • 3
  • 2 c
    finely shredded carrots
  • 1 sm
    can crushed pineapple, drained (reserve the juice)
  • 1/2 c
  • 1/2 c
    chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 can
    (16-oz.size)ready made cream cheese frosting

How To Make easy carrot cake

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • 2
    Combine the cake mix, liquid, oil and eggs; beat 2 minutes at medium speed with an electric mixer.
  • 3
    Fold in carrots, pineapple, raisins, and pecans.
  • 4
    Pour batter into a greased and floured 9 x 13 cake pan. (You can use the non-stick cooking spray with flour here.)
  • 5
    Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick stuck in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
  • 6
    Cool the cake in the pan for 25 minutes; turn the cake out onto a wire rack and let it cool completely.
  • 7
    Place the cake on your desired serving platter and spread the icing evenly to cover the cake.