Carrot Cake

Crystal ~


I have been making this carrot cake recipe for decades. This was my mother's favorite carrot cake because it does not have pineapples in it. I always made it for her on her birthday. It is a nice moist cake. You can add the pecans on top of the cake, decorate it a little, or leave it plain. It's all good!! :) If baking in a 9x13x2 pan, bake approx. for 45-55 minutes.

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30 Min
40 Min


2 cups granulated sugar
1 ½ cups vegetable oil or extra light tasting olive oil
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 cups freshly shredded carrots
½ cup coconut, chopped fine
1 cup pecans, chopped fine
cream cheese icing:
1 package (8 ounces) of philadelphia cream cheese
1 stick of unsalted butter, softened (1/2 cup)
1 pound confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
½ cup pecan pieces, optional

How to Make Carrot Cake


  • 1Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • 2Grease and flour two 9-inch round pans; set aside.
  • 3In a large mixer bowl, combine the sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla and mix for 2 minutes on medium speed.
  • 4Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt and mix for 1-2 minutes more.
  • 5Stir in the coconut, carrots, and pecans and mix until blended. Divide the batter into the two prepared pans.
  • 6Bake for 30- 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. (Bake 9x13x2 for 45-55 minutes).
  • 7Remove from oven and let the cake cool in pans on wire racks for 5 minutes then remove the cakes from pans and cool completely on wire racks.
  • 8Frost the carrot cake with cream cheese frosting:
  • 9In a mixer bowl, cream the butter and cream cheese until well blended.
  • 10Add the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla. Beat until very creamy.
  • 11Spread frosting between layers of cake and then the entire cake. Note: If you want to pipe some decoration onto the cake, save a little of the frosting and tint it the color you want.
  • 12Optional, Sprinkle pecans on top of cake.
  • 13Refrigerate the cake, but the flavor will be better if you bring it to room before serving.

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About Carrot Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: American