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Best Homemade Carrot Cake Recipe

Best Homemade Carrot Cake

This is the Best Homemade Carrot Cake recipe because it is a sweet, moist, and dense Carrot Cake made from scratch with pineapple, coconut and pecans. When you want a dessert that everyone will love, make this cake!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword best homemade carrot cake, carrot cake, homemade carrot cake
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 655kcal


Carrot Cake

  • 2-1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 8 oz can crushed pineapple drained

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 3 8 oz packages cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup butter softened (2 sticks butter)
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla
  • 6 cups powdered sugar sifted


Carrot Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease and flour either two 9-inch round cake pans or three 8" cake pans. 
  • In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
  • In a stand mixer or large mixing bowl, mix together on medium speed the sugar, eggs, oil, and vanilla.
  • Add the dry ingredients (flour mixture) into the mixing bowl with the wet ingredients (eggs, sugar, etc.) and mix until combined. (Don't overmix)
  • Fold in the carrots, pecans, and coconut and pineapple into the mixture and stir.
  • Divide the batter evenly and pour into the prepared cake pans.
  • Bake in a preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of each cake comes out clean.
  • Let the cake cool in the pans for about 10 minutes. After that let the cakes cool on wire racks. Let them cool completely before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Add the softened butter and softened cream cheese into a mixing bowl or stand mixer. Beat on medium speed until smooth.
  • Add the powdered sugar and vanilla and mix or 2 or 3 minutes until the frosting is smooth.
  • Either frost the cake immediately or refrigerate the frosting until you are ready to frost the cake.


Calories: 655kcal | Carbohydrates: 106g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 318mg | Potassium: 160mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 94g | Vitamin A: 4116IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg