Moist Homemade Carrot Cake from Scratch with Cream Cheese Icing

Homemade Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Homemade Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting | Source
4.2 stars from 9 ratings of Carrot Cake

What is your favorite cake?

When I asked my Mom what kind of cake she wanted for her 88th birthday, she quickly told me that whatever cake I made would be just fine. Secretly, I knew that her favorite of all cakes is carrot cake with cream cheese icing. The occasion of her birthday reminded me of the many cakes she made for me over the years. Now that our roles are reversed, I find myself looking back fondly to those times whenever birthdays roll around.

It's easy to jazz up a basic spice cake mix with a can of pineapple and some fresh grated carrots. For a change, since it's my turn to try to slip a few vegetables into Mom's diet, I decided to make this cake from scratch. My sister is an inspiration with her business in South Carolina called Carolina Bakers. When she comes for a visit, she always puts together something special for the ladies, too.

Searching for just the right recipe for this birthday, I ended up combining two old favorite recipes from different sources making subtle changes to create my own version. I used some of the ingredients shown in "The Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook" I've had since the early seventies and substituted some ingredients from "The Pantry Cookbook" that has such wonderful recipes. Their restaurant in downtown McKinney is famous for their amazing desserts.

Carrot cake made in two 9 inch round pans with fresh cream cheese frosting
Carrot cake made in two 9 inch round pans with fresh cream cheese frosting | Source

Valentine's Day Cake

Candy pearls placed on the top in the shape of a heart to decorate this cake makes it special for Valentine's Day.
Candy pearls placed on the top in the shape of a heart to decorate this cake makes it special for Valentine's Day. | Source
Carrot cake made in a 13 x 9 inch sheet pan
Carrot cake made in a 13 x 9 inch sheet pan | Source
Single layer sheet cake
Single layer sheet cake | Source

Preparation

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First I gathered all the ingredients to be sure I had everything I neededThen I greased the pan. This time I made it in a 13 x 9" pan instead of round pans.Then I peeled the carrotsThree medium carrots will doPeeled and ready to grateGrated the carrotsStill gratingThree carrots, done!A pile of shredded carrotsNow set this aside
First I gathered all the ingredients to be sure I had everything I needed
First I gathered all the ingredients to be sure I had everything I needed | Source
Then I greased the pan. This time I made it in a 13 x 9" pan instead of round pans.
Then I greased the pan. This time I made it in a 13 x 9" pan instead of round pans.
Then I peeled the carrots
Then I peeled the carrots | Source
Three medium carrots will do
Three medium carrots will do | Source
Peeled and ready to grate
Peeled and ready to grate | Source
Grated the carrots
Grated the carrots | Source
Still grating
Still grating | Source
Three carrots, done!
Three carrots, done! | Source
A pile of shredded carrots
A pile of shredded carrots | Source
Now set this aside
Now set this aside | Source

Ingredients

2 cups granulated sugar

3 cups all purpose flour

2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. salt

3 medium carrots - grated

1 can crushed pineapple (15 oz.)

1 1/2 cups liquid shortening

1 tsp. vanilla extract

3 eggs

1/4 cup coconut

1/2 cup pecans (chopped)

Instructions

  1. First I gather all the ingredients into one area of the kitchen. This ensures that I have everything I need to make the recipe.
  2. Using Crisco or solid vegetable shortening, grease the 13 x 9" pan with about a tablespoon of shortening on a paper towel. Wipe out excess.
  3. Sprinkle about a tablespoon of flour into the pan and dust it around, shaking out the excess flour from the pan. Set the pan aside.
  4. Use Three medium carrots, washed, peeled and grated
  5. Set the carrots to the side
  6. Mix together the dry ingredients: sugar, flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt together in a large mixing bowl

Mix the dry ingredients

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2 cups of granulated sugarWhen measuring flour use a scoop to fill the cup to avoid over packing3 cups flour leveled with a table knifeAdd to the mixing bowl over the sugarI like to use Gold Medal All Purpose flourAdd 2 teaspoons of baking soda1 teaspoon of baking powder1 teaspoon of ground cinnamonAdd 1/4 teaspoon salt then mix dry ingredients together with a wisk This looks like the dry mix from a boxed cake mix
2 cups of granulated sugar
2 cups of granulated sugar | Source
When measuring flour use a scoop to fill the cup to avoid over packing
When measuring flour use a scoop to fill the cup to avoid over packing | Source
3 cups flour leveled with a table knife
3 cups flour leveled with a table knife | Source
Add to the mixing bowl over the sugar
Add to the mixing bowl over the sugar | Source
I like to use Gold Medal All Purpose flour
I like to use Gold Medal All Purpose flour
Add 2 teaspoons of baking soda
Add 2 teaspoons of baking soda | Source
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon | Source
Add 1/4 teaspoon salt then mix dry ingredients together with a wisk
Add 1/4 teaspoon salt then mix dry ingredients together with a wisk | Source
This looks like the dry mix from a boxed cake mix
This looks like the dry mix from a boxed cake mix | Source
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Continue adding these ingredients

Add 3 eggs

One and 1/2 cup of liquid shortening

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Mix until blended.

Then add one cup of canned pineapple (slightly drained) and

the shredded carrots

one quarter cup of shredded coconut (optional)

Then blend these ingredients together thoroughly.

Question from Lyn.Stewart

This hub is in response to the question asked by Lyn.Stewart. Thanks for asking!

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Add the three eggsAdd one and one half cup of liquid oil. I use Crisco Vegetable Oil.One teaspoon of vanilla extractCanned crushed pineappleI drained most of the juice and added a bit more than just one cup to make the cake moistThen the shredded carrotsI used Baker's coconut flakesAdd the coconut to the bowlThen mix together until blendedThe batter is ready for the pecans
Add the three eggs
Add the three eggs | Source
Add one and one half cup of liquid oil. I use Crisco Vegetable Oil.
Add one and one half cup of liquid oil. I use Crisco Vegetable Oil. | Source
One teaspoon of vanilla extract
One teaspoon of vanilla extract
Canned crushed pineapple
Canned crushed pineapple | Source
I drained most of the juice and added a bit more than just one cup to make the cake moist
I drained most of the juice and added a bit more than just one cup to make the cake moist | Source
Then the shredded carrots
Then the shredded carrots
I used Baker's coconut flakes
I used Baker's coconut flakes | Source
Add the coconut to the bowl
Add the coconut to the bowl
Then mix together until blended
Then mix together until blended
The batter is ready for the pecans
The batter is ready for the pecans | Source
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Add the pecans

Add the chopped pecans and stir in by hand.

Pour the batter into the preferred greased and floured pan.

Sometimes I use 2 - 9 inch round pans if I want to make a layer cake.

The recipe also comes out nice in a 13 x 9 inch sheet pan.

Cook Time for 13 by 9 inch pan

Prep time: 25 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 25 min
Yields: Cake serves sixteen slices in either type of pan

Baking and icing the Cake

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Pour the batter into the greased and floured panBake at 400 degrees until the top springs back when touched. Don't open the oven for 1 hour.Allow the cake to cool for at least 10 minutes before taking it out of the panInvert the pan onto a piece of waxed paper and then turn it onto a tray to coolWhen completely cooled, begin icing the edgesCut into serving sized pieces
Pour the batter into the greased and floured pan
Pour the batter into the greased and floured pan | Source
Bake at 400 degrees until the top springs back when touched. Don't open the oven for 1 hour.
Bake at 400 degrees until the top springs back when touched. Don't open the oven for 1 hour. | Source
Allow the cake to cool for at least 10 minutes before taking it out of the pan
Allow the cake to cool for at least 10 minutes before taking it out of the pan | Source
Invert the pan onto a piece of waxed paper and then turn it onto a tray to cool
Invert the pan onto a piece of waxed paper and then turn it onto a tray to cool | Source
When completely cooled, begin icing the edges
When completely cooled, begin icing the edges | Source
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Cut into serving sized pieces
Cut into serving sized pieces
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Fresh made frosting tastes so much better than the canned frosting with preservatives added.
Fresh made frosting tastes so much better than the canned frosting with preservatives added. | Source

Cream Cheese Icing Recipe

4 oz softened cream cheese

1 stick of margarine (or butter) softened

1 box of Confectioner's sugar - about 4 cups

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Blend the cream cheese and butter together until light and fluffy. Add the sugar a little at a time until it forms slight peaks when removing the beaters. Add the vanilla extract last and blend until it is a good consistency for spreading on the cooled cake.

If the icing seems too firm or dry add a teaspoon of milk.

If it's too moist or soupy add a little more powdered sugar.

© 2013 Peg Cole

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WillStarr 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Printed and book marked in case I lose it!


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

there is one thing wrong with this cake..I am not eating it. I love carrot cake with double frosting...and yes I eat all the frosting along with a little cake...Very yummy....GOing into my fave recipes on pinterest.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello WillStarr. So nice to see you. Come take a seat and have a piece of cake, won't you?


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hi Carol, There's plenty left so come on over and we'll make some coffee and have some carrot cake together! Thanks for the visit and for pinning the recipe.


Vickiw 3 years ago

Wow, that is a beautiful cake, and your instructions are great. Your pictures add very much to the whole experience of making it. Super Hub!!


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hi Vickiw, Thank you so much. I love baking and thankfully, I have a place to share these creations since the hubby doesn't care for this cake. Mom and her sister love the sweets and that is good news for me! Nice of you to stop in and please, sit a while and share some of this cake.


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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

This looks terrific, and what wonderful step-by-step instructions and photos. Yum! Voted up and more!


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Thank you FlourishAnyway. So nice of you to come by and take a look at this recipe. Thanks for the votes and the visit. Please, have a large slice.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Those photos of the carrot cakes baked by you and your sister, Peg, are so realistic, I swear I could smell the delightful aroma. Thanks for sharing this very explicit recipe.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Doctor. My sister lives in SC. When she visits, she bakes, too! She has a business called Carolina Bakers. But this one is my own creation. Thank you for smelling the aroma virtually and for the sweet visit. So nice to see you. Care for a piece of cake?


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

This is my all time favorite cake, Sista!! I am with your Momma on this...great taste in cakes (LOL)!

I agree that your photography makes my mouth water...I am gonna have to try a slice with some tea...hey wait, is that OK?!

Voted UP and UABI. Happy Birthday wishes to Mom. Love, Maria


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Hi Peg this is a recipe I will be trying. I can almost taste it looking at all those photo instructions. Love carrot cake but never put pineapple in before.


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ

This looks so good. I am going to have to try it. My great-aunt made a wonderfully moist and tasty carrot cake. Unfortunately my sister got her recipe box and I cannot get her to send me the recipe. I wanted to bring it home and enter them all on cards and put them in my box. She would not let me, so I guess I am out of luck. Most of the recipes that I have tried are terribly dry, so I will try yours hoping for moist enough. Beautifully photographed instructions.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hi Maria, Well of course it is OK! Please come sit here by me and enjoy some of this cake. I saved you a huge end piece with lots of icing. And here is a mug with some tea. Want lemon? So glad you could come by and visit. Catch me up on the latest? Love, Peg


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Rosemay, So great to see you. I love your new picture! Mmmm. Pineapple makes the cake really moist. Be sure you let the cake cook thoroughly until the top springs back when pressed or it will fall in the middle. It makes a really heavy cake, but good and hearty.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hi Becky, I hope you do try this recipe and let me know how it turns out. I made your Grandpa's Moist Zucchini cake and boy, was it good! I will probably do a different hub on that one since I took a bunch of pictures of the preparation. We ought to have a category for hubs called "I did this".

It seems a shame that your sister won't share that wonderful recipe. My sister makes a delicious lemon pound cake and when I asked her the recipe she sort of hesitated and said a bit of this and a bit of that without giving away the specifics. Maybe I can pin her down on the exact measurements on her next visit.


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Thanks, Peg...I will start calling you " Rose" with all these delicious morsels you are mentioning! Lemon pound, zucchini, and this carrot cake.....I will need a sampling fork for sure! This icing is divine...

Happy Monday and hope you are keeping cool. Hugs, Maria


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean

Seems I could just touch the slices in the second picture. Wish I could! Thanks for sharing the recipe and the illustrations.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Another wonderful recipe for me to share.

Voted up and here's wishing you a great day.

Eddy.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Darling Maria, I truly appreciate the reference to "Rose" of the Emerald Wells Cafe and Bakery. Wow. I wish! What a dream job to bake goodies that people can eat, displayed under a glass dome for all to see. Mmmm.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

MsDora, won't you drop over and share a piece of this cake with me? We can make a fresh pot of coffee and sit for a while. The hubby gets frustrated when I stop and take pictures of our food before we eat! It's almost as good to look at them afterward as it is eating the food. Nice of you to come by and thank you.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hi Eddy! Thanks for your kind words and visit. Nice of you to share this recipe, too. Have fun today.


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AliciaC 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Thank you for this recipe and for all the very helpful photos, Peg. I love carrot cake with cream cheese. Your recipe sounds like a delicious version. The cake is a great gift for an 88th birthday!


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DeborahNeyens 3 years ago from Iowa

This cake looks absolutely delicious. Excellent hub with the detailed instructions and photos! Happy 88th birthday to your mother.


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stephhicks68 3 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Oh wow - YUM!! I am a huge carrot cake fan and going to bookmark and share this right away. Happy Birthday to your Mom!


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

I see I arrived after Will, Vicki, Marcoujor, Rosemay and Becky. Even Deborah, Alicia, Florish, Carol and Eddy beat me here. So I am guesing I am late for a slice of this wonderful looking carrot cake. It looks like an All American Recipe. Happy belated birthday wishes to your Mom. Is there any coffee? I brought this over to Facebook. 1K Hub followers should not get all the treats.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

Carrot cake is my favorite and this one looks great. Your recipe is a bit different from mine and I am going to try yours. I gave it 5 well deserved stars! Thanks.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hi AliciaC. Thank you for the birthday wishes for Mom. Her special day was in June but I just got around to writing this hub. Smiles.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

DeborahNeyens, thank you for stopping in to check this out and for the birthday wishes for Mom. I'll pass along your kind regards. Cake for you?


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Stephhicks68, hello and welcome to the party. There is plenty of cake to go around. I didn't put candles on the cake this year although I was tempted. Please stay and enjoy a large slice with the rest of us! Coffee anyone?


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Mckbirdbks! Was hoping you'd find your way over here. You knew this one would be on the horizon after I posted a pic on the fB in June. It took a while to get it written but voila! Please take a large slice and pour yourself a cup of fresh coffee. How are things? Thank you for posting the hub on the big screen of life Facebook! Plenty of virtual cake to go around.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hi Pamela. Well I need to get over there and check out your recipe to see how it differs. Sometimes I do put some softened raisins in it but not on this one. For the two layer cake it takes between 40-45 minutes to bake and is much easier to get out of the pans. This sheet cake nearly tore in half when I tried to invert it. Nice to see you and please have a large piece of cake and stay for a visit.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

Peg, I would love to come for a visit and have a piece of cake with you. :)


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hi Peg, thanks for saving me a slice of Carrot Cake. I usually feel like I met up with Clubber Lang. But it is Monday and the week has started out well.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

I love Carrot Cake Peg and this ones seems to be a rare treat.

Will have to try out.

Have a great day.

Eddy.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

If this isn't a "best seller" nothing will be! Not only is the recipe great but your perfect pictures sure do make the mouth water. You can see how moist and scrumptious this cake is and topped with that lovely cream cheese icing, what more could you ask for?

Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and pinned.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Well, Mike, you gave me a reason to Google "Clubber" Lang. Ah ha! Mister "T"! I'm glad you're feeling a bit better. Chin up, shoulders back, ten hut! I'm off to Big Lots this am to pick up a table for Mom's dining room. Hers is wobbly and they use it to hold on to. Anyhow. Hope to see ya' later.


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ladydeonne 3 years ago from Florence, SC

Gee, I feel like a fish out of water as I am not a baker. I just love Carrot Cake and it looked so good I thought I'd give it a read. Your instructions and photos are so well written I believed for a moment I could make it. I plan to give it to my neighbor to make for me as she loves and is great at baking. She made me a Coconut Cake for my birthday on July 12. Thanks for sharing and I can't wait to taste it!


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

Peg, This looks delicious. I used to make carrot cakes often, then i had to quit because of celiac disease, now i can bake again, Betty Crocker has a new Bisquick baking mix that's gluten free and it's really good. I baked a pineapple cake yesterday and it was yummy,so i will try your carrot cake. Thank you for sharing.....


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Eddy! Thanks for coming by and be sure to grab a piece of cake and have some fruit punch, too. Hope to see you over at your place soon.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Ms. Tillsontitan! Mary, thank you for the sweet remarks and for dropping in to check out this recipe. So nice of you to vote this up and pin it as well. Thank you. Hope you'll grab yourself a nice slice of cake and stay a while to visit.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Ladydeonne, You are funny! Fish out of water, indeed. Not everyone is into baking and yet I feel sure you could bake this cake. The really tricky part is making sure it is done before taking it out of the oven. Since it is such a heavy batter it is difficult to use the old "toothpick comes out clean" method. I just wait the full hour (on the 13 x 9 pan) and then press lightly on the top of the cake. If it springs back when touched then it should be done. Hope your neighbor will give it a try and thank you for sharing the recipe. Happy belated birthday, too! Here, please take a piece of this cake for yourself and your friend.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Always, Well I am glad that your were able to start baking again. There is nothing so scrumptious as smelling home made goods baking in the oven! Wow, that pineapple cake sounds good. Perhaps a hub to share the recipe? Yummo!


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aviannovice 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

These are the things, Peg, that make life so wonderful. Thanks for the great addition!


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Thank you Deb, for stopping in and for the insightful comment.


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Carb Diva 3 years ago

Your cake looks and sounds wonderful, and even more special that it was made with love for your Mom. Thank you for sharing your story and your recipe with all of us.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Carb Diva, Thank you for stopping here to take a look and for the very nice comment. I look forward to seeing your work, too.


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LLambie 3 years ago from UK

You've just made me want to quit my diet tomorrow...that cake looks delicious!


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Thank you very much. Here is hoping that I don't ruin your diet and all your hard work. But after all, it's carrot cake. That's a veggie isn't it?


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

Love carrot cake and this recipe sounds delicious. My husband's favorite is cream cheese frosting. Voted up, shared and pinned.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hi Moonlake, I love carrot cake too. The frosting is probably the best part. Thank you for the votes and shares and pins.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

What a loving thing you did for your mother's 88th birthday. This looks like a delicious recipe. Going to pin it so that I can find it whenever I wish to look at the recipe again. Thanks!


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Thanks so much Peggy. Thank goodness I have her nearby so I can bake and have someone else eat it! Hahahah. She keeps saying I'm trying to fatten her up. At 100 pounds, she can eat a few slices of this stuff everyday. Thank you for the pin, too.


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epbooks 2 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

First, I just wanted to say what a beautiful cake you made! It made my mouth water. I love this kind of cake too. Printing this receipe and sharing. Awesome hub!


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Thank you, Epbooks. This is one of my favorite cakes as well. I hope yours comes out really delicious. Thank you for sharing and for stopping by to take a look.


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Kathryn Stratford 2 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

Carrot cake is one of my favorite cakes, possibly tied with German Chocolate. This is a great recipe hub! I like the story behind it, the great way of telling and showing us through each step (with so many photos), and your suggestion for adding cocoa powder to a bit of frosting to make the icing to write on the cake. Clever!

I actually saw this on my smartphone during my trip home, but by the time I was ready to comment, the train went in a subway, which results in no phone service/internet. So I had to wait until I got home. And ever since, I have been in the mood for this! Mmmm.

Have a wonderful weekend, and thanks for sharing this with us.

~ Kathryn


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Kathryn, That you remembered to come back and leave a comment on this recipe is really thoughtful. I'm glad you liked the story behind the cake and the tip on turning some of the icing into a different color for writing on the top. I think I picked that up from watching the Food Network. I was out of food coloring so the cocoa worked just fine.

I'm becoming quite a maniac about taking photos of just about anything I cook, just in case I write a hub about it. My hubby asks me often, "Are we going to eat this or just take pictures?" LOL


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Kathryn Stratford 2 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

Haha, I do the same thing! I have tons of food photos, as well as other things, just in case!

~ Kathryn


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Schoolmom24 2 years ago from Oregon

Carrot cake is one of my favorites, yet I have yet to try and make it from scratch. I think I'm really going to have to finally do this! This sounds delicious! Could I substitute raisins for the pecans, I wonder?

Also, I could relate about the roles being reversed...my mom is 86 and I have to help care for her just a bit (she lives 5 min. away). How sweet that you made this favorite cake for her!

Great recipe hub! :)


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hi Schoolmom24, It was a long time before I made it from scratch, too. Usually I make it from a box mix. This is just as easy with minimal ingredients. Thanks for sharing abou your mom. Mine is only 3 minutes away and 88 now. She is getting really forgetful and it is worrisome.


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wabash annie 2 years ago from Colorado Front Range

This cake sounds fantastic ... cannot wait to make it. Your pictures were just wonderful. Thanks for sharing the recipe; I also prefer cakes made from scratch.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Me too, Annie. I hope it comes out great for you. You are such a good baker.


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vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

What a beautiful cake to make for your mother! I've always preferred carrot cake with pineapple, pecans and coconut like yours. I'm sure it was wonderful and your mother loved it. : )


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Vespawoolf. This is also one of my favorites. The funny part is that whenever I bring a cake to the ladies across the street Mom says, "Oohh, that's my favorite kind of cake." Me too. Sweets are my favorite. Like Mother, like daughter.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Schoolmom24, I just noticed your question about the raisins and yes, the cake is really great with raisins added, with or without the pecans. I like to soak the raisins in hot water for a few minutes, then drain them before adding into the mix.


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Scribenet 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

That is an awesome cake you made for your mother. It looks great with your lettering. I bet she totally enjoyed it and LOL on the veggies! Ain't life funny!


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Scribenet. Please sit and have a large slice of carrot cake and a fresh cup of coffee to go along with it. Hope your holiday shopping is nearly done and that you and yours have a blessed season of joy.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

I love carrot cake! I bake from scratch but have never attempted a carrot cake. Can I substitute either coconut oil or grape seed oil for the vegetable oil? I'd love to try this recipe.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Bravewarrior, I've never used either coconut oil or grape seed oil in the recipe, but I believe either would be a good substitute for the vegetable oil and perhaps, lend a new subtle taste. Hope you'll let me know how it comes out.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

It'll be a while before I bake a cake, Peg, but I'll try the substitution and let you know.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Looking forward to hearing of your results. Oh how I love Carrot Cake.


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Wanderings 2 years ago from Hong Kong, Canada and beyond

Great! I really need to break out of the cake-mix routine!


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hi Wanderings, Glad to hear you're ready to venture out. This cake turns out real heavy and moist. All the best in your baking.


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Mayabird218 2 years ago from Long Island, NY

I've always wanted to make carrot cake from scratch. You make it look easy! Thanks for the recipe.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Mayabird218. I wish you lots of luck in baking this cake. It is easy. All the best to you.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

This does look delicious and I'm sure it was extra special to your mother since you not only made if from scratch, but created the recipe as well! I love carrot cake too, and this one looks outstanding!


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Thank you Au fait. I hope that you will try this recipe when you are inclined. Mom did love the cake and it turned out nicely. Thanks for the positive comment and visit.


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janshares 22 months ago from Washington, DC

Wow! This is a very detailed and chockfull recipe for carrot cake, PegCole17. I love carrot cake, one of my favorites. But it's so hard to find a good one. I'm not a baker and too afraid to try and make this myself. But I will think about it because I want a piece of carrot cake that badly! This hub looks excellent, too. Voted up, useful, and awesome.


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PegCole17 22 months ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Thanks Janshares. It does help to have a little experience before making cakes that involve a lot of preparation. I started off using the box carrot cake mixes and ready made frosting. After baking a few of those, I wanted to add my own fresh ingredients. Wish I could send you a piece of this one to taste. I made this cake again recently at the request of a lady who turned seventy-nine this year. We had such fun at her party.

Thanks for the votes and for taking time to drop by.


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pstraubie48 21 months ago from sunny Florida

Of course my mouth is watering just thinking about a bite of this and seeing those photos. I have not had homemade carrot cake in forever.

I am bookmarking this to try soon.

Thanks for sharing.

Pinning

Angels are on the way to you this evening ps


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PegCole17 21 months ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Pstraubie48, Thanks for stopping in and I do hope you try this recipe. I've made it for a couple of birthdays at the place where Mom lives and it seems to be a favorite. Here's wishing you a happy new year and many blessings in your life.


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peachpurple 21 months ago from Home Sweet Home

awesome cake, but cream cheese are expensive here


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PegCole17 21 months ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Peachpurple, Thanks for the awesome comment. Sorry to hear of the pricey cream cheese where you are. Here it runs about two dollars per sixteen ounce block. The pecans are rather expensive, too, but worth it for the taste.


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amazmerizing 20 months ago from PACIFIC NORTHWEST, USA

had me drooling at the title... LOL We love cream cheese frosting... and carrot cake is a great one... that batter of yours looks just like mine... love that you put the coconut and nuts in there... and I gotta say its so hard to find that exact recipe sometimes you just have to merge a few... i do anyway! Lovely cake, and Im sure your Mama loved it! Ciao!


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PegCole17 20 months ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Amazmerizing, All the ingredients in this cake rank among my favorites. I grew up where you could find natural coconuts and crack them open for the fresh coconut inside. You know, I like to combine recipes also to add the special touches that make them your own. Thanks so much for dropping in today.


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fpherj48 19 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Carrot cake...just happens to be my #1 favorite cake. I am drooling right now. Although I'm not much of a baker, this cake would definitely be worth my time and effort! Glad I found this recipe.Thanks Peg!!UP+++


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PegCole17 19 months ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Fpherj48, Just the other day someone asked me for the recipe for this cake. She really liked having a piece of it during our birthday celebration for my auntie. I wish I could send you a piece to give it a try. Thanks so much for the encouraging words.


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pstraubie48 16 months ago from sunny Florida

Yes, yes, and yes...this look soooo good. I could go for a slice with a steaming hot cup of coffee right about now.

Thanks for the great recipe.

Angels are on the way to you this evening ps Voted up++++


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PegCole17 16 months ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Pstraubie48, I saved you an enormous slice and have a pot of fresh coffee brewing. Thank you for stopping in. I just made a big batch of chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, too.


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ChitrangadaSharan 10 months ago from New Delhi, India

This sounds really delicious and the pictures are visually delightful. I do make carrot cake with cinnamon flavour and my family loves it. But the addition of pineapple must be making it all the more richer and tastier. I have to try this as suggested by you.

Thank you for sharing all the details with your lovely presentation of the hub.


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PegCole17 10 months ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Thank you, ChitrangadaSharan, for the kind words about this recipe. I love baking and things that include cinnamon really give the house a delightful aroma. The pineapple does make the cake really moist and tasty. I hope you enjoy making it.


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MayberryHomemaker 8 months ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

Just came across this while looking for a recipe for a cake to take to my American Legion Auxiliary meeting. Wow! What a wonderful job you did on this article with your step by step instructions and great pictures. You sure put a lot of work into making this a wonderful hub. I look forward to following you!


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PegCole17 7 months ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Thank you, Mayberry Homemaker. I certainly hope this turns out delicious for your gathering. I've made it a number of times for birthdays and other special occasions with great results. Thank you for stopping by to tell me you liked it.

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