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Carrot Cake With Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

Updated on August 28, 2016
Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese and Coconut Frosting
Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese and Coconut Frosting | Source

Who doesn’t like carrot cake?

Carrot cake has always been one of the most popular dessert cakes in North America. If you've never tried carrot cake, I highly recommend it.

I've been making this recipe for many years now, and have never found a better one. It is moist, flavorful, and a definite crowd-pleaser. There are several ways you can make this cake, and decorate it for any occasion. Ideas or suggestions will be included below.

Whenever I bake I like to measure all the ingredients out before starting. This way I’m sure to have everything needed for the recipe. There’s nothing worse than being in the middle of making a recipe and realizing you’re short an ingredient, or missing something. It is also much easier to have all the ingredients in front of you while making the recipe.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 35 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
Yields: 10-12 Servings
Ingredients needed to make carrot cake with coconut cream cheese frosting.
Ingredients needed to make carrot cake with coconut cream cheese frosting. | Source

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups of corn oil
  • 1 3/4 cups of granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. of baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. of salt
  • 3 tsp. of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. of ground cloves
  • 2 cups of grated carrots
  • 1/2 - 1 cup of walnuts, chopped (optional)
  • 8 ounces of pineapple, crushed and drained
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Eggs, corn oil beaten together with sugarSifted flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and ground clovesEgg mixture and dry ingredients are added together and mixedGraded carrots along with walnut and pineapple have been added and mixed to the batter.Batter has been poured into the cake pans and is now ready to place into the oven.cakes are now ready to be transferred onto a rack to cool before frosting.
Eggs, corn oil beaten together with sugar
Eggs, corn oil beaten together with sugar | Source
Sifted flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and ground cloves
Sifted flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and ground cloves | Source
Egg mixture and dry ingredients are added together and mixed
Egg mixture and dry ingredients are added together and mixed | Source
Graded carrots along with walnut and pineapple have been added and mixed to the batter.
Graded carrots along with walnut and pineapple have been added and mixed to the batter. | Source
Batter has been poured into the cake pans and is now ready to place into the oven.
Batter has been poured into the cake pans and is now ready to place into the oven. | Source
cakes are now ready to be transferred onto a rack to cool before frosting.
cakes are now ready to be transferred onto a rack to cool before frosting. | Source

Instructions

  1. Grease and flour two round cake pans. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Start to drain the pineapple by putting it into a sieve or strainer with bowl under to catch the pineapple juice.
  3. Peel and grate carrots until you have two cups grated.
  4. In a large bowl beat together 1 1/2 cups of corn oil with 1 3/4 cups of sugar and 3 eggs. Set aside.
  5. In a medium sized bowl sift together 2 cups of flour with 2 tsp. of baking soda, 1/2 tsp. of salt, 3 tsp. of cinnamon, and 1 tsp. of ground cloves. Add this to the large bowl with egg mixture. Stir and mix well.
  6. Add the 2 cups of grated carrots and mix well. Add walnuts and the strained crushed pineapple mixing well.
  7. Pour the batter into the two greased and floured cake pans.
  8. Bake at 350°F for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of each cake comes out clean.
  9. Cool both cakes for five minutes then transfer onto racks to cool.
Cream Cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, coconut.
Cream Cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, coconut. | Source

Fluffiest Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

  • 2 - 8 ounce packages of cream cheese
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar or icing sugar
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla
  • 1 cup of flaked coconut

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Cream all ingredients together and beat with electric hand mixer.Spread cream cheese frosting on first cake. You may want to add a sprinkling of coconut to the center as well.
Cream all ingredients together and beat with electric hand mixer.
Cream all ingredients together and beat with electric hand mixer. | Source
Spread cream cheese frosting on first cake. You may want to add a sprinkling of coconut to the center as well.
Spread cream cheese frosting on first cake. You may want to add a sprinkling of coconut to the center as well. | Source

Instructions For Frosting

  1. Cream together in a medium sized bowl the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla.
  2. With an electric hand mixer beat all ingredients until fluffy.
  3. With one part of the cake on a cake plate frost the middle of the cake. Don't overdue the frosting or you'll run out.
  4. Place the second cake on top and frost.
  5. Sprinkle with shredded coconut. (optional)

Carrot Cake with cream cheese frosting and coconut

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/8th of cake
Calories 875
Calories from Fat540
% Daily Value *
Fat 60 g92%
Carbohydrates 77 g26%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Who's for cake?

5 stars from 7 ratings of Carrot Cake

Options and ideas

  • This carrot cake can be made in a bunt pan.
  • For the 4th of July you may want to add blueberries and cherries to the top of the cake rather than coconut.
  • For Canada Day, add cherries on top of the coconut.
  • Carrot candies go very nicely in the center of the cake.
  • I've made this cake for wedding and baby showers.
  • Cupcakes can be made with this exact recipe perhaps for a child's birthday party.
  • To transport the cake safely (if you do not already have a cake carrier) you can buy one at various dollar stores.


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    • Just Ask Susan profile image
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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you Athlyn.

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      Athlyn Green 4 years ago from West Kootenays

      This sounds so good.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Long Time Mother, Thank you so much. I hope that you do get to make the carrot cake and enjoy it as much as we do.

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      LongTimeMother 4 years ago from Australia

      Oh, this looks delicious. I have so many carrots in my garden right now I am looking for creative new ways to use them. Sadly I live in the wrong part of Australia to grow my own pineapple. :(

      I live off the grid and try to avoid supermarkets, but I've just started a shopping list with the ingredients needed for your cake. Yum. Can't wait!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      acaetnna, Thanks :) Hope that you enjoy the cake!

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      acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

      I always love your recips ... will give this one a go too, because it sounds so scrummy!!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      EuroCafeAuLait, Thank you for coming back to let me know you liked the cake :)

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      Anastasia Kingsley 5 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      Very tasty, even without the cream cheese frosting :) I had a guest who also ate it up and took home a piece or two for hubby! Easy and moist - yum!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      EuroCafe, Please let me know how it turns out and if you like it.

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      Anastasia Kingsley 5 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      I'm fixing to make me one right about now, LOL...

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thelma, Thank you.

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Yummy! I want to try it later. It looks so gorgeous and delicious. Thanks for sharing.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      viking, Thank you and enjoy :)

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      vespawoolf, Thanks so much. I hope you enjoy the recipe.

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      L M Reid 5 years ago from Ireland

      Another great recipe. I too am very fond of carrot cake and the cream cheese frosting looks easy enough to make. Your step by step instructions are excellent and so are your photos.

      Will be trying out this dessert recipe soon.

      Shared with followers and on Twitter. 5 stars

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I have to admit, chocolate cake is my favorite but I do make carrot cake from time-to-time. Obviously, I enjoy it because this hub caught my eye! Yours sounds delicious, especially with the pineapple and walnut. I'll try your recipe next time I get a hankering for carrot cake. I love your photo of the individual-sized carrot cake. Voted up and shared.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Rusticliving, I've never had chocolate truffles but have always wanted to try them. Hope that you enjoy this recipe as much as I do.

      Hyphenbird, I think I gain a few pounds a day just reading all the new recipes.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      moonlake, Thank you.

      Angela, :)

      Audrey, Thanks and I hope you enjoy it.

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I love a good carrot cake and this recipe is beautiful. Your presentation is fabulous also. This recipe contest should come with new clothing because I want to make everything and am fat enough already. sigh

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      When I saw this posted in FB.. I knew I had to come by and write down the recipe. This looks amazing! The only thing I love better than chocolate truffles is a really good carrot cake. Voted up and shared! Yummy yummy Susan!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      This is one of my favorite desserts! I will have to give this a try--it looks yummy!

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Oh YUMMY!

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Love carrot cake and cream cheese frosting. This sounds really good. Voted and so on.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      acaetnna, Hope you enjoy the carrot cake.

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      acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

      Yum, carrot cake is one of mabsolute favourites. Definitely going to give this recipe a go tomorrow. Thank you, awesome!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Sue, Thanks. Hope that you're enjoying the nice weather we're having.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Rosemay, Please let me know how you like it, and thanks.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Made, I find the pineapple gives it bit more moisture. Hope you enjoy the recipe.

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Susan

      Thanks for sharing this recipe. I love carrot cake, especially the cream cheese icing.

      Voted up and yummy!

      Take care :)

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      I love carrot cake but never found a recipe I was totally happy with. So I will definitely be trying yours out.

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      Madeleine Salin 5 years ago from Finland

      I love carrot cake! I have never used walnuts and pineapple in a carrot cake, but I'm sure they make the cake more tasty. I should really try your recipe next time a bake a carrot cake. It looks yummy! :)

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Ruby

      Theresa

      unknown spy

      Thank you all :)

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Daffy, I hear you :)

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      ktrapp, The cake never lasts very long when I make it. Thanks for stopping by and for commenting.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Wow a very delicious Carrot Cake!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Gypsy, Thank you and I hope you enjoy the recipe.

      EuroCafeAuLait, Thanks so much.

      Dee, Thank you :)

      Frank, Thanks so much.

      Deborah, Thank you.

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      theresa22 5 years ago from Derby, uk

      As a massive carrot cake lover I will be giving this recipe a go. Great article.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I love carrot cake. Yours looks delicious..

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      Daffy Duck 5 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

      Just a sliver. Not possible. I have a bit of a sweet tooth. Once I start, forget about it. The only way I could have a small slice is if that's all there was. When I hear "high in calories" sometimes I hear "this is the most delicious food you'll ever taste". It's a love/hate thing. :)

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      Kristin Trapp 5 years ago from Illinois

      Yum. Carrot cake from scratch and homemade cream cheese frosting. This cake must be to die for. It looks so tempting to slice into.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Great recipe.. I LOVE CARROT CAKE and cream cheese icing is my favorite.. voted way up

      Debbie

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      now you're speaking my language wish I could have rated this higher than a five :( Frank

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      Dee aka Nonna 5 years ago

      In one word....YUM, YUM, YUM.....ok so I used it 3 time... anyway I love Carrot Cake with cream cheese frosting.

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      Anastasia Kingsley 5 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      Mmm. Bookmarked, Up and useful. I am gathering up my ingredients as we speak!! Thanks, Susan..... inspirational recipe!

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      Gypsy48 5 years ago

      I love carrot cake and will definitely use this recipe. Thanks for sharing, fantastic hub!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Daffy, It is pretty high in calories, but you could have just a sliver :)

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Mhatter, Nice to see you.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Rex, Cream cheese frosting is good on so many desserts. Thanks for reading and for commenting.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      missolive, The coconut can be added to the sides of the cake as well, but I was a little pressed for time and frosted it in a hurry.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Kelley, Hope you enjoy the cake :)

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Vicki, Yes you did comment. But thanks for coming back and commenting again :)

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Kevin, Thanks. The stainless steel mixing bowls were on my wish list one year for Christmas, they're great.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Kaili, Thank you!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Jools, I hope you enjoy the carrot cake as much as we do.

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      Daffy Duck 5 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

      I'm trying to watch my weight. Thanks to you and this "can't wait to try" recipe I'll be able to watch my weight.......increase exponentially. :)

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Love carrot cake. It may not see ice cream.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      H.H. I hope that you don't mind me abbreviating your name. This recipe is quite easy to make, and I hope that you do try it.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      RH, I hope that you, your mom and family all enjoy the recipe. There may not be any left for her to take home though :)

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Victoria, Thanks so much!

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      rex michaels 5 years ago

      I love cream cheese frosting on anything! I am not the best baker there is but I may attempt this one. Thanks for the great recipe!

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      Homemade carrot cake is the best! AND who can deny freshly made cream cheese frosting? I had never thought of adding coconut to a carrot cake/frosting but I bet it tastes great. Thanks for the great photos and instructions.

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Yum Susan! I've always loved carrot cake but haven't made one myself. I'm bookmarking this for future cake making days, LOL. Take care, Kelley

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I commented on this. Did I not hit "post comment?" LOL. Well, it looks great. Such a popular dessert. The frosting is to die for. You always take great photos and have attractive recipe hubs. Great job!

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      KevinMillican 5 years ago from Stilwell, OK

      Yummy! I want some stainless steel mixing bowls...

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      Kaili Bisson 5 years ago from Canada

      Who doesn't like cream cheese frosting? Susan, this is one of my favorites, and I like your idea for Canada Day. Rated awesome!

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      This is my husband's favourite cake (other than chocolate of course :o)). I have been looking for a good recipe to have a go at making it myself so this hub is very timely, thanks!

      Voted up etc n shared.

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      HawaiiHeart 5 years ago from Hawaii

      I absolutely love carrot cake but was always afraid to make it myself. This recipe looks doable for me!

      Thanks for sharing =)

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      This is my moms favorite cake! I'll have to try it and invite her over and let her take the rest home:) sounds delicious - I love it too. It's hard to believe it but this cake is so sweet and yummy!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Susan, you always have great photos! This is such an attractive hub. Carrot cake sure is popular. The frosting is to die for! Love this hub!

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