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Carrot Cake With Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

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Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese and Coconut Frosting

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese and Coconut Frosting

Who doesn’t like carrot cake?

Carrot cake has always been one of the most popular dessert cakes in North America. If you've never tried carrot cake, I highly recommend it.

I've been making this recipe for many years now, and have never found a better one. It is moist, flavorful, and a definite crowd-pleaser. There are several ways you can make this cake, and decorate it for any occasion. Ideas or suggestions will be included below.

Whenever I bake I like to measure all the ingredients out before starting. This way I’m sure to have everything needed for the recipe. There’s nothing worse than being in the middle of making a recipe and realizing you’re short an ingredient, or missing something. It is also much easier to have all the ingredients in front of you while making the recipe.

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Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

35 min

40 min

1 hour 15 min

10-12 Servings

Ingredients needed to make carrot cake with coconut cream cheese frosting.

Ingredients needed to make carrot cake with coconut cream cheese frosting.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups of corn oil
  • 1 3/4 cups of granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. of baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. of salt
  • 3 tsp. of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. of ground cloves
  • 2 cups of grated carrots
  • 1/2 - 1 cup of walnuts, chopped (optional)
  • 8 ounces of pineapple, crushed and drained

Instructions

  1. Grease and flour two round cake pans. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Start to drain the pineapple by putting it into a sieve or strainer with bowl under to catch the pineapple juice.
  3. Peel and grate carrots until you have two cups grated.
  4. In a large bowl beat together 1 1/2 cups of corn oil with 1 3/4 cups of sugar and 3 eggs. Set aside.
  5. In a medium sized bowl sift together 2 cups of flour with 2 tsp. of baking soda, 1/2 tsp. of salt, 3 tsp. of cinnamon, and 1 tsp. of ground cloves. Add this to the large bowl with egg mixture. Stir and mix well.
  6. Add the 2 cups of grated carrots and mix well. Add walnuts and the strained crushed pineapple mixing well.
  7. Pour the batter into the two greased and floured cake pans.
  8. Bake at 350°F for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of each cake comes out clean.
  9. Cool both cakes for five minutes then transfer onto racks to cool.

Fluffiest Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

  • 2 - 8 ounce packages of cream cheese
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar or icing sugar
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla
  • 1 cup of flaked coconut
Cream Cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, coconut.

Cream Cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, coconut.

Instructions For Frosting

  1. Cream together in a medium sized bowl the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla.
  2. With an electric hand mixer beat all ingredients until fluffy.
  3. With one part of the cake on a cake plate frost the middle of the cake. Don't overdue the frosting or you'll run out.
  4. Place the second cake on top and frost.
  5. Sprinkle with shredded coconut. (optional)

Who's for cake?

Options and ideas

  • This carrot cake can be made in a bunt pan.
  • For the 4th of July you may want to add blueberries and cherries to the top of the cake rather than coconut.
  • For Canada Day, add cherries on top of the coconut.
  • Carrot candies go very nicely in the center of the cake.
  • I've made this cake for wedding and baby showers.
  • Cupcakes can be made with this exact recipe perhaps for a child's birthday party.
  • To transport the cake safely (if you do not already have a cake carrier) you can buy one at various dollar stores.


Cake for Everyone!

Cake for Everyone!

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© 2012 Susan Zutautas

Do you like carrot cake?

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 13, 2013:

Thank you Athlyn.

Athlyn Green from West Kootenays on April 13, 2013:

This sounds so good.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 13, 2013:

Long Time Mother, Thank you so much. I hope that you do get to make the carrot cake and enjoy it as much as we do.

LongTimeMother from Australia on April 12, 2013:

Oh, this looks delicious. I have so many carrots in my garden right now I am looking for creative new ways to use them. Sadly I live in the wrong part of Australia to grow my own pineapple. :(

I live off the grid and try to avoid supermarkets, but I've just started a shopping list with the ingredients needed for your cake. Yum. Can't wait!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 08, 2012:

acaetnna, Thanks :) Hope that you enjoy the cake!

acaetnna from Guildford on November 07, 2012:

I always love your recips ... will give this one a go too, because it sounds so scrummy!!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on July 05, 2012:

EuroCafeAuLait, Thank you for coming back to let me know you liked the cake :)

Anastasia Kingsley from Croatia, Europe on July 04, 2012:

Very tasty, even without the cream cheese frosting :) I had a guest who also ate it up and took home a piece or two for hubby! Easy and moist - yum!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on July 04, 2012:

EuroCafe, Please let me know how it turns out and if you like it.

Anastasia Kingsley from Croatia, Europe on July 04, 2012:

I'm fixing to make me one right about now, LOL...

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on July 01, 2012:

Thelma, Thank you.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on June 30, 2012:

Yummy! I want to try it later. It looks so gorgeous and delicious. Thanks for sharing.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 23, 2012:

viking, Thank you and enjoy :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 23, 2012:

vespawoolf, Thanks so much. I hope you enjoy the recipe.

L M Reid from Ireland on June 22, 2012:

Another great recipe. I too am very fond of carrot cake and the cream cheese frosting looks easy enough to make. Your step by step instructions are excellent and so are your photos.

Will be trying out this dessert recipe soon.

Shared with followers and on Twitter. 5 stars

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on June 22, 2012:

I have to admit, chocolate cake is my favorite but I do make carrot cake from time-to-time. Obviously, I enjoy it because this hub caught my eye! Yours sounds delicious, especially with the pineapple and walnut. I'll try your recipe next time I get a hankering for carrot cake. I love your photo of the individual-sized carrot cake. Voted up and shared.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 14, 2012:

Rusticliving, I've never had chocolate truffles but have always wanted to try them. Hope that you enjoy this recipe as much as I do.

Hyphenbird, I think I gain a few pounds a day just reading all the new recipes.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 14, 2012:

moonlake, Thank you.

Angela, :)

Audrey, Thanks and I hope you enjoy it.

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on June 13, 2012:

I love a good carrot cake and this recipe is beautiful. Your presentation is fabulous also. This recipe contest should come with new clothing because I want to make everything and am fat enough already. sigh

Liz Rayen from California on June 13, 2012:

When I saw this posted in FB.. I knew I had to come by and write down the recipe. This looks amazing! The only thing I love better than chocolate truffles is a really good carrot cake. Voted up and shared! Yummy yummy Susan!

Audrey Howitt from California on June 13, 2012:

This is one of my favorite desserts! I will have to give this a try--it looks yummy!

Angela Brummer from Lincoln, Nebraska on June 13, 2012:

Oh YUMMY!

moonlake from America on June 13, 2012:

Love carrot cake and cream cheese frosting. This sounds really good. Voted and so on.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 12, 2012:

acaetnna, Hope you enjoy the carrot cake.

acaetnna from Guildford on June 12, 2012:

Yum, carrot cake is one of mabsolute favourites. Definitely going to give this recipe a go tomorrow. Thank you, awesome!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 11, 2012:

Sue, Thanks. Hope that you're enjoying the nice weather we're having.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 11, 2012:

Rosemay, Please let me know how you like it, and thanks.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 11, 2012:

Made, I find the pineapple gives it bit more moisture. Hope you enjoy the recipe.

Sueswan on June 10, 2012:

Hi Susan

Thanks for sharing this recipe. I love carrot cake, especially the cream cheese icing.

Voted up and yummy!

Take care :)

Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on June 10, 2012:

I love carrot cake but never found a recipe I was totally happy with. So I will definitely be trying yours out.

Madeleine Salin from Finland on June 10, 2012:

I love carrot cake! I have never used walnuts and pineapple in a carrot cake, but I'm sure they make the cake more tasty. I should really try your recipe next time a bake a carrot cake. It looks yummy! :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 10, 2012:

Ruby

Theresa

unknown spy

Thank you all :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 10, 2012:

Daffy, I hear you :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 10, 2012:

ktrapp, The cake never lasts very long when I make it. Thanks for stopping by and for commenting.

Life Under Construction from Neverland on June 10, 2012:

Wow a very delicious Carrot Cake!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 10, 2012:

Gypsy, Thank you and I hope you enjoy the recipe.

EuroCafeAuLait, Thanks so much.

Dee, Thank you :)

Frank, Thanks so much.

Deborah, Thank you.

theresa22 from Derby, uk on June 10, 2012:

As a massive carrot cake lover I will be giving this recipe a go. Great article.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on June 09, 2012:

I love carrot cake. Yours looks delicious..

Daffy Duck from Cornelius, Oregon on June 09, 2012:

Just a sliver. Not possible. I have a bit of a sweet tooth. Once I start, forget about it. The only way I could have a small slice is if that's all there was. When I hear "high in calories" sometimes I hear "this is the most delicious food you'll ever taste". It's a love/hate thing. :)

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on June 09, 2012:

Yum. Carrot cake from scratch and homemade cream cheese frosting. This cake must be to die for. It looks so tempting to slice into.

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on June 09, 2012:

Great recipe.. I LOVE CARROT CAKE and cream cheese icing is my favorite.. voted way up

Debbie

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on June 09, 2012:

now you're speaking my language wish I could have rated this higher than a five :( Frank

Dee aka Nonna on June 09, 2012:

In one word....YUM, YUM, YUM.....ok so I used it 3 time... anyway I love Carrot Cake with cream cheese frosting.

Anastasia Kingsley from Croatia, Europe on June 09, 2012:

Mmm. Bookmarked, Up and useful. I am gathering up my ingredients as we speak!! Thanks, Susan..... inspirational recipe!

Gypsy48 on June 09, 2012:

I love carrot cake and will definitely use this recipe. Thanks for sharing, fantastic hub!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 09, 2012:

Daffy, It is pretty high in calories, but you could have just a sliver :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 09, 2012:

Mhatter, Nice to see you.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 09, 2012:

Rex, Cream cheese frosting is good on so many desserts. Thanks for reading and for commenting.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 09, 2012:

missolive, The coconut can be added to the sides of the cake as well, but I was a little pressed for time and frosted it in a hurry.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 09, 2012:

Kelley, Hope you enjoy the cake :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 09, 2012:

Vicki, Yes you did comment. But thanks for coming back and commenting again :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 09, 2012:

Kevin, Thanks. The stainless steel mixing bowls were on my wish list one year for Christmas, they're great.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 09, 2012:

Kaili, Thank you!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 09, 2012:

Jools, I hope you enjoy the carrot cake as much as we do.

Daffy Duck from Cornelius, Oregon on June 08, 2012:

I'm trying to watch my weight. Thanks to you and this "can't wait to try" recipe I'll be able to watch my weight.......increase exponentially. :)

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on June 08, 2012:

Love carrot cake. It may not see ice cream.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 08, 2012:

H.H. I hope that you don't mind me abbreviating your name. This recipe is quite easy to make, and I hope that you do try it.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 08, 2012:

RH, I hope that you, your mom and family all enjoy the recipe. There may not be any left for her to take home though :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 08, 2012:

Victoria, Thanks so much!

rex michaels on June 08, 2012:

I love cream cheese frosting on anything! I am not the best baker there is but I may attempt this one. Thanks for the great recipe!

Marisa Hammond Olivares from Texas on June 08, 2012:

Homemade carrot cake is the best! AND who can deny freshly made cream cheese frosting? I had never thought of adding coconut to a carrot cake/frosting but I bet it tastes great. Thanks for the great photos and instructions.

kelleyward on June 08, 2012:

Yum Susan! I've always loved carrot cake but haven't made one myself. I'm bookmarking this for future cake making days, LOL. Take care, Kelley

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on June 08, 2012:

I commented on this. Did I not hit "post comment?" LOL. Well, it looks great. Such a popular dessert. The frosting is to die for. You always take great photos and have attractive recipe hubs. Great job!

KevinMillican from Stilwell, OK on June 08, 2012:

Yummy! I want some stainless steel mixing bowls...

Kaili Bisson from Canada on June 08, 2012:

Who doesn't like cream cheese frosting? Susan, this is one of my favorites, and I like your idea for Canada Day. Rated awesome!

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on June 08, 2012:

This is my husband's favourite cake (other than chocolate of course :o)). I have been looking for a good recipe to have a go at making it myself so this hub is very timely, thanks!

Voted up etc n shared.

HawaiiHeart from Hawaii on June 08, 2012:

I absolutely love carrot cake but was always afraid to make it myself. This recipe looks doable for me!

Thanks for sharing =)

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on June 08, 2012:

This is my moms favorite cake! I'll have to try it and invite her over and let her take the rest home:) sounds delicious - I love it too. It's hard to believe it but this cake is so sweet and yummy!

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on June 08, 2012:

Susan, you always have great photos! This is such an attractive hub. Carrot cake sure is popular. The frosting is to die for! Love this hub!

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