How to make it

  • About the flour. All-purpose is great, but cake flour will give you a more delicate cake (in any cake recipe, not just this one).
  • About the carrots. There is no reason to peel them, and you can use woody carrots in this recipe. Cut off the ends, then cut the carrots into lengths that will stand up in the chute of your food processor (standing up because then you get short shreds). Pack the chute so none of the carrot pieces will fall over, and shred.
  • About the walnuts. PLEASE don't substitute here, unless you can find (and like) black walnuts. I prefer to nearly powder them, because it spreads that walnut richness throughout the cake, but a large chop is more traditional.
  • Make the cake first.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a 13x9x2 pan.
  • Mix sugar, oil, and eggs. Beat in flour, baking powder, soda, salt, and cinnamon. Stir in shredded carrots, crushed pineapple, nuts and coconut, and pour into pan.
  • Bake 35 to 40 minutes, it passes the toothpick test. Do not overbake. Cool thoroughly before frosting.
  • Make the frosting:
  • Cream the butter and cream cheese until smooth and completely blended. Mix in 1 tablespoon of the milk and vanilla. Blend in the powdered sugar, and add the second tablespoon of milk if needed. Oh. Try not to eat it all out of the bowl before you get it onto the cake.

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  • cat2004 9 years ago
    The most delicious carrot cake I have ever tasted and very easy to make!!!
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    " It was excellent "
    harley7 ate it and said...
    I've been looking for a carrot cake recipe all day to make for my boss' July 4th cookout! This one sounds like the winner! Thanks!!
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  • sas 10 years ago
    Bondc: Can you point out the sour cream in the carrot cake recipe? jett2 brings attention to it but I can't find it.
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  • zeab 10 years ago
    already getting my taste buds working!
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  • zeab 10 years ago
    already getting my taste buds working!
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  • jett2whit 10 years ago
    My all time favorite cake. I wish you would've taken a picture anyway. I have never heard of sour cream added to cream cheese frosting....
    that does sound nasty!
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