Ultimate Carrot Cake

Ultimate Carrot Cake

Carrot cake is a traditional dessert that I suppose we have all savored at some point or another. I have experimented and sampled several recipes over the years, and I think it is safe to say that this carrot cake tops them all!

This simple carrot cake recipe crafts a rich cake that is crammed full of delicious surprises. It is utterly overloaded with coconut, raisins; pineapple and of course walnuts. 

Carrot cakes are traditionally stacked in layers but those cakes are prone to a lighter texture and can easily become lop-sided. I prefer to bake such moist cakes in a single layered pan. No fuss – no muss!

Recipes like these are all about the flavor rather than grandiose presentation!

This cake is a delectably rich cake and is incredibly moist so I suggest storing it in the refrigerator.  

In fact, this cake is so delightful and so moist that you really don’t require frosting of any kind but I personally adore a good old homemade cream cheese frosting on my carrot cake. Regardless of how you dish it up, this is one dessert that is constantly a crowd favorite so don’t count on having any leftovers!

Ultimate Carrot Cake
Serves 12
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
  1. 3 Large Eggs
  2. 3/4 Cup Buttermilk
  3. 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Apple Sauce
  4. 1/4 Cup Canola Oil
  5. 1 1/2 Cups Granulated Sugar
  6. 2 Teaspoons Vanilla
  7. 2 Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
  8. 1/8 Teaspoon Salt
  9. 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  10. 2 Teaspoons Baking Soda
  11. 2 Cups Carrots, Grated
  12. 1 Cup Raisins
  13. 1 Cup Unsweetened Coconut, Flaked
  14. 1 Cup Walnuts, Chopped
  15. 1 Can Crushed Pineapple, Drained
  16. Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour a 9×13 pan.
  3. Sift together flour, baking soda; salt and cinnamon.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk; applesauce, oil; sugar and vanilla.
  5. Mix in flour mixture until just combined.
  6. Add carrots, coconut; walnuts, pineapple and raisins and mix.
  7. Pour into prepared pan.
  8. Bake 60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Cool completely and frost with cream cheese frosting.

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