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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. =)

Dana Marie from St. Peters, MO on April 02, 2012:

Carrot Cake IS MY FAVORITE!!! Love when Mom cooks one and I get to take it home!! It's the best EVER!

Einar A on March 19, 2012:

Carrot cake is one of my favorites, and your maple icing sounds really tremendous. I may have to give this a try sometime soon, perhaps even for Easter.

anonymous on March 11, 2012:

Stopping by to sprinkle a little angel dust over your best ever carrot cake that even offers a serving of vegetables with every piece. Your intro picture had me reaching out for a taste.

joykennel on March 08, 2012:

love it! am pondering the carrot cake for our dinner. sounds soooooooooooo good!

JJNW from USA on March 04, 2012:

I love your series - brilliant! Thanks for tweeting! : ) *** Blessed by a SquidAngel *** for ultra-yumminess, originality, and great layout!

JeanJohnson LM on February 24, 2012:

Really makes me want a slice of cake!

Heather Bradford from Canada on February 13, 2012:

Yum! I haven't seen a carrot cake recipe before with pineapple and coconut in it and imagine it would be quite moist and delicious. This seems to be carrot crossed with hummingbird cake! Very delicious!

littletree1524 on January 25, 2012:

Sounds great Carrot Cake is my favorite!! I'll have to try this one.

halloweenprops on January 25, 2012:

I love carrot cake! Thanks! :)

prosepine lm on December 16, 2011:

Looks great, thanks for the recipe!

Mary Crowther from Havre de Grace on November 29, 2011:

So many good recipes and goodies here! The carrot cake sounds wonderful!

anonymous on November 14, 2011:

Came back to try your wonderful recipes.

Shari O'Leary from Minnesota on November 09, 2011:

What an awesome looking recipe. I think I'll have to try it.

mockingbird999 on November 05, 2011:

I've never seen a carrot cake recipe with pineapple in it. Sounds pretty good.

jenniferteacher1 on October 23, 2011:

I love carrot cake. The first time someone eats mine, they usually laugh because of the large carrot shavings, but they always ask for a piece to take home. LOL I've never heard of maple syrup on carrot cake-- I'll have to try it! Thanks!

InSearchOf LM on October 22, 2011:

I love carrot cake, thanks for the recipe and healthy tips.

anonymous on September 27, 2011:

Love your lens. You forgot Pound Cake.

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on September 25, 2011:

@anonymous: I am very glad that you enjoyed it. Now you've made me want to make it again soon...

anonymous on September 24, 2011:

Thank you! I just finished making this awesome carrot cake and wonderful icing. I will definitely make this again and put in my box of favorite recipes. The only thing that I changed or added was, I did not use the coconut and I added about a cup of crushed walnuts to the batter with the carrots and pineapple. This is the first time I attempted to make carrot cake and it turned out wonderful and moist and very easy. Thank you again for sharing this wonderful carrot cake with me and many others. I will share this recipe with my family and friends for parties and picnics.

godinhora on August 26, 2011:

Cake is not my area of expertise, but something attracted me to your lens and now I feel like baking. That's what makes Squidoo unique, loved the lens...

RecipePublishing on August 01, 2011:

Oh how yummy!

anonymous on July 21, 2011:

I make carrot cake at least once a week. my clients request it a lot. I like that it's a vegetable so I can away with saying it's good for you! but seriously, its so delicious with specially with cream cheese.

phoenix arizona f on July 01, 2011:

Cool lens.

ellagis on June 23, 2011:

Ill try your receipe, it sounds so good! Actually, carrot cake is the good way, for me, to keep my conscience in silence..... when I eat a cake! :)

Donnette Davis from South Africa on June 22, 2011:

The only type of cake i eat is carrot cake.. this is positively mouthwatering~!!

bikerchickie on June 18, 2011:

I vividly remember the first time I saw and had carrot cake (not a very common thing here in Belgium, certainly not back then). I was working as a waitress during my college years and an American customer came in with her 6-year old son and some of his friends for a small birthday party. She brought a huge chocolate cake and a carrot cake. The kids all went for the chocolate cake, obviously, and she had a small slice of carrot cake. When I brought her the check, she asked what would happen to the rest of the cakes if she left them. I assured them they wouldn't go to waste, the staff would devour them in minutes. After taking the cakes back to the kitchen, I had a small slice of the carrot cake. I think I fell in love right then and there. My colleagues ate the chocolate cake and I selfishly kept the carrot cake all to myself. I hid it in the fridge. LOLI'll definitely have to try your recipe.

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on May 24, 2011:

Your carrot cake recipe sound delicious! I have a favorite recipe too so will probably stick with it. I adore carrot cake so if you bring me a slice, I'll certainly give it a taste. ;o)

anonymous on May 04, 2011:

Now that maple icing of yours would be the perfect topping for a healthy and delicious carrot cake....and don't forget that orange mixer!

NYThroughTheLens on April 22, 2011:

Love this! Definitely going to try it out.

Wendy Leanne from Texas on March 28, 2011:

I love carrot cake.You are this week's featured Chefmasters lens! You will be featured on the Chefmasters lens all week and you can check out your featured blog post on the Chefmasters blog. =)

Chazz from New York on March 26, 2011:

I thought my brother-in-law made the best carrot cake ever but this one definitely looks like a contender! Guess we'll have to have a bake-off next time he visits.

HtCares on March 17, 2011:

I love carrot cake and have added this lens as a favorite so that I can try this recipe. Usually I use a carrot cake recipe that my sister gave me years ago, but I want to try this one and compare. Thanks for sharing.

thebaxterbunny on March 11, 2011:

Anyone who loves carrots as much as you do is a #1 in my book. Thanks for all this insight to my favorite food. I have read about this particular carrot cake recipe, but I everyone says "this is the best (fill in the blank) recipe" so you never know. I'll try it now. I also have the same Kitchenaide, in a lovely apple green. I love my mixer!

Tyla MacAllister on March 01, 2011:

I hardly ever meet a cake that I don't like but carrot cake is one of my favorites. This recipe looks moist and delicious. I think maple syrup would be a great sweetener for a carrot cake and zucchini bread,too.*Blessed by a Squid Angel.*

CruiseReady from East Central Florida on February 22, 2011:

I do love carrot cake- butmust admit that cheesecake is a close second. Nice lens!

Sheryl Polomka on February 20, 2011:

I love carrot cake and so does my 11 year old son - it's good to have him like something that's healthy :)

anonymous on February 17, 2011:

Yum! This looks wonderful! :)

kare2share on January 21, 2011:

I've never thought of adding coconut to carrot cake, but now I can't wait to try it! Thank you for the delicious recipe and helpful tips to boost the nutritional value. I agree with you that we can count it as a serving of vegetables. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

ChrisDay LM on January 11, 2011:

I'm faving this so I can come back and give it a whirl. Thanks!

Julianne Gentile from Cleveland, Ohio, US on January 11, 2011:

I love carrot cake! This looks fabulous!

KokoTravel on January 09, 2011:

Now you have gone and done it... I simply love a moist carrot cake and this sounds delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

miaponzo on December 29, 2010:

OH My GOD! Thanks for this lens! Super Yummy!!!!! I'm going to try these with brown flour and stevia!

TWOnline2 on December 08, 2010:

another mouth watering read

tandemonimom lm on November 10, 2010:

I do love carrot cake, but sorry, chocolate gets my "favorite" vote!

Gail47 on November 03, 2010:

Blessed by a passing Angel - great lens!

sousababy on October 29, 2010:

This is, by far, the most comprehensive collection of carrot cake know-how (with every conceivable tool required) to make the best carrot cake that I have ever seen. Love it, definitely going to try your recipes.

desilegend on October 26, 2010:

Love carrot cakes! Every time I see it in a shop, I need to buy one!

Vicki Green from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA on October 18, 2010:

Both my husband and I love carrot cake. Your recipe sounds yummy - I'm going to try it. Nicely done lens.

Amarant LM on October 18, 2010:

I just had some homemade carrot cake this morning... delicious!

WhiteOak50 on October 02, 2010:

I love, love carrot cake. Your recipe sounds so delicious, I will have to try it (smiles) yum! Fantastic lens Brenda!!

anonymous on October 01, 2010:

I adore carrot cake and it amazes me how many different versions of the recipe there are. I must confess I like the icing the best and, lucky for me, it never changes much

howtocurecancer on September 27, 2010:

I was thinking too to try the carrot cake receipt from ehre....

caketech on September 20, 2010:

I love carrot cake...I want to try this one.

squid-janices7 on September 15, 2010:

Yummy - carrot cake is one of my favorites. Love the orange mixer too:) Thanks for sharing the recipe with us.

Lloyd Pinto from Mumbai on September 15, 2010:

yummy yummy lens!

Tarra99 on September 12, 2010:

Even though carrot is not my #1 fav...I would try this recipe...I do like it occasionally...the spices, the creamy icing...yum!

Tom Fattes from Naperville, IL on September 10, 2010:

I hope I get carrot cake for my birthday.

Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on July 05, 2010:

Thanks for adding my postcard and card. I just love carrot cake.

myraggededge on April 28, 2010:

Haven't had a piece of carrot cake in years - it's about time I put that right. Yummy lens, delicious looking recipe. :-)

journey103 from USA on March 18, 2010:

OMG YUMMY and HEALTHY. I want carrot cake so bad right, I can taste it. I will use the olive oil and wheat flour...great idea. 5 Stars!

Carol Goss on March 18, 2010:

sounds yummy, loving the carrot cake

MartinPrestovic on March 16, 2010:

Carrot cake! My all-time favorite! If this is the best carrot cake ever then I'll make sure to try to make this one weekend and see if its just as great and as delish as it looks in the pics. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

hayleylou lm on March 15, 2010:

I love carrot cake. This recipe looks great. 5 stars and a fav so that I can easily return :)

momto4 lm on March 12, 2010:

I love carrot cake! I can't wait to try this one out!

lasertek lm on February 10, 2010:

In my favorite coffee shop, I usually order a slice of carrot cake because it really tastes good. Never really thought of baking one for myself but I could definitely give it try. 5*

AlinaWarner on January 21, 2010:

I have to try this one. Favorited and 5 ***** Loved this lens.

jakealoo on January 15, 2010:

Great Lense! Carrot Cake is such a delicious treat, this lense is making me hungry.

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on January 07, 2