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The Best-Ever Carrot Cake Recipe

Brenda is an Ottawa native with a small eBay store. As Treasures by Brenda she sells a variety of new, used and vintage merchandise.


My Carrot Cake Recipe Counts As A Serving of Vegetables...

Carrot Cake. Home made carrot cake. WOW.

Why should you eat carrot cake? How about because it is a great source of fiber, vitamins, nuts and other nutrients? How about just because it is delicious!!!

I didn't know I loved carrot cake until I made this delicious recipe from Fulton's Pancake House in Ottawa, Ontario. I am not a professional baker, so mine is not always as pretty as the one shown in this picture but it is always delicious, nutritious and devoured by my family.

Does carrot cake really count as a serving of vegetables? I have no idea; let's just agree to think that it does!

Fulton's Best-Ever Carrot Cake Recipe - You're going to love this one!

Fulton's Pancake House & Sugar Bush is a maple syrup farm located just outside of Ottawa, Ontario in Canada. Every year they have activities available during the spring running of the sap. The sap harvested from the Maple tree, in case you do not know it, is what they use to make maple syrup.

They also have a pancake house where you can buy pancakes and other related items. The pancakes are always delicious so I was thrilled to find this recipe printed in the Ottawa Citizen one year. Since then, it has become 'my' carrot cake recipe. We love it!

This cake serves 10 to 12 people.

Cake Ingredients:

  • Oil and flour to grease a 10-inch tube or angel food cake pan
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, unbleached if possible
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated maple sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sour milk
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed, well-drained pineapple
  • 1 cup grated coconut (optional)

Ingredients for the maple icing:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 8 ounces or 225 grams of cream cheese
  • 2 teaspoons of maple syrup
  • 3 cups of icing sugar

For The Garnish:

  • Granulated maple sugar.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly brush oil on tube pan; sprinkle with flour, knocking out excess.
  2. In a bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cloves, baking soda and salt.
  3. In another large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, maple sugar, oil and sour milk. With a rubber scraper, stir in carrots, pineapple and coconut; fold in dry ingredients until well combined.
  4. Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake 1 hour. Test for doneness using a toothpick inserted into the centre, which should come out clean. Remove from oven and leave cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes Use a table knife to separate cake from pan; invert onto a plate. Cool completely before spreading maple icing on the cake.
  5. For the icing, in the bowl of an electric mixer combine icing ingredients and beat until smooth and thick enough to spread on the cake. To garnish, sprinkle iced cake with maple sugar.

Maple Products are a Healthy Sugar Option

Pure Canadian maple syrup is good for 3 years, if unopened and 1 year in the refrigerator once it is opened. Maple products can be used in cooking or baking, in coffee or tea, with hot or cold cereal, on pancakes, waffles and French toast. You can substitute it anywhere you would use sugar.

Maple products, in Canada, are available at health food stores, at the sugar bush and sometimes at stalls at farmers' markets. If you do not have access locally to maple products, you can order them directly from Amazon.

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While enjoying a playdate at a friend's house, my son Ian was served up a muffin. He enjoyed it thoroughly and politely asked for another and loved it, too. When the Mom of the house asked, "Would you like another CARROT muffin?" he almost fell off his chair.

Carrot cake is a great opportunity to feed your children this bright-orange, nutrition-packed vegetable. The idea of carrot cake is off putting to some children but once they have tasted it, they often love it.

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Enjoying Your Carrot Cake?

Elizabeth on July 13, 2018:

Also, could I use a different kind of Cale pan or does it have to be a bundt pan?

Elizabeth on July 13, 2018:

Could I use applesauce instead of oil? Or if I absolutely need oil could I use coconut oil?

Rachel L Alba from Every Day Cooking and Baking on March 18, 2018:

Hi Brenda, I came across your recipe for carrot cake and love it. I love the maple frosting also. I will be pinning it for the next time I want to make carrot cake. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Blessings to you.

mahdi jafarian from newcastle on March 24, 2016:


Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on February 24, 2014:

@ismeedee: Maple syrup is a real treat, even here where they produce maple syrup. I guess if I'm going to be making this cake for my husband's birthday, I should start looking for my maple sugar now.

ismeedee on December 07, 2013:

Making this for my grown up son for his birthday! Only sad thing- can't get the maple sugar here. I love that granulated maple sugar, my mother sent me some from America one Christmas and it was so yummy on toast!

anonymous on April 01, 2013:

I like your nutrition boosting tips.

Fox Music on January 28, 2013:

Thank you for sharing this delicious lens "The Best-Ever Carrot Cake Recipe"

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on December 30, 2012:

Wishing you a year of many new blessings starting with this one! Happy New Year!

Judith Nazarewicz from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on November 14, 2012:

Carrot cake has been a favorite for us for as long as I can remember! Love your lens! Thanks

Cara on August 24, 2012:

I have a very sweet tooth, and love carrot cake.

ahlaj77 on August 15, 2012:

This lens makes me want cake! LOL Yummy lens! No i don't want to eat the lens but the lens makes me want to eat cake! :) Great lens of course!

dsdmiller on August 14, 2012:

Carrot cake with maple icing? Awesome!

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on August 05, 2012:

In celebration of Friendship Day 2012, I am returning to some of my favorite lenses for fun, sharing and renewed blessings :) Friends Still Make it All Worthwhile!

xriotdotbiz lm on July 28, 2012:

Looking for a recipe to use the remainder of my carrots from juicing.

Mamaboo LM on July 09, 2012:

I love carrot cake. I can't believe I missed out on it for so many years! Thanks for the great lens and be blessed!

whats4dinner on June 05, 2012:

Thank you for sharing. I love carrot cake.

mrsclaus411 on May 22, 2012:

I have made carrot cakes before although I haven't tried putting grated coconuts in it. I also made one where I placed chopped walnuts. Carrot cakes are delicious.

anonymous on May 09, 2012:

I love Carrot Cake, but I am not sure if I like Baking or Eating it more?!? Carrot Cake is So Awesome!

biminibahamas on May 03, 2012:

I love your lens, so much thought and detail ... not to mention the delicious recipe!

miaponzo on April 11, 2012:

Back for a yummy blessing!

queenofduvetcover on April 05, 2012:

Honestly, I haven't had a piece of carrot cake in years. But, I will today! Where's my apron! Thanks for sharing this great lens. =)