5 from 3 votes
Carrot Cake made with carrots, pecans, coconut and pineapple!
Carrot Cake
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

Homemade Carrot Cake with cooked carrots, shredded coconut, chopped pecans and crushed pineapple. 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: carrot cake, carrot cake recipe, carrot cake with pineapple recipe
Servings: 16 people
Calories: 519 kcal
Author: Kathy
Ingredients
Cake
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 1/2 cup carrots cooked and mashed
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple drained
Frosting
  • 8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  • 8 ounces butter at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice freshly squeezed
Instructions
Cake
  1. Prepare two 8 inch cake pans by lining bottom with parchment paper and lightly greasing. Set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg.

  3. In another bowl combine eggs, oil and vanilla.

  4. Add egg mixture to dry mixture. Stir together.

  5. Add pecans, carrots, coconut and pineapple. Mix until incorporated.

  6. Divide mixture into prepared cake pans. 

  7. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes. 

  8. Cool on a baking rack for 15 minutes.  Remove from cake pans and continue cooling until completely cooled. 

Frosting
  1. In a mixing bowl add cream cheese and butter. Mix with an electric mixer until smooth.

  2. Add vanilla and powdered sugar. Mix on low speed until combined.

  3. Mix in lemon juice. 

Assemble Cake
  1. Place one cake on a dish. Place frosting on top. Place second cake on top. Frost top and sides. 

  2. Sprinkle with additional chopped pecans (optional) 

Recipe Notes

For carrots: Peel and chop fresh carrots. Place in a sauce pan and boil until soft. Drain and mash with a fork, potato masher or food processor. Allow carrots to cool before using.

For crushed pineapple: Use a can of crushed pineapple. Drain prior to using. 

Nutrition Facts
Carrot Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 519 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 38%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 76mg 25%
Sodium 354mg 15%
Potassium 184mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 71g 24%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 52g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 52.3%
Vitamin C 5.9%
Calcium 4.2%
Iron 8.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.