Old-Fashioned Carrot Cake


Here's an old-fashioned carrot cake that's got more carrots than spice. Pecans can be substituted for walnuts.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Additional Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
15 to 18 servings


  • 2 cups white sugar

  • ¾ cup vegetable oil

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ¾ cup buttermilk

  • 2 cups grated carrots

  • 1 cup flaked coconut

  • 1 (15 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

  • ½ cup butter

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan. Set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, mix together sugar, oil, eggs, vanilla, and buttermilk. Stir in carrots, coconut, vanilla, and pineapple. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; gently stir into carrot mixture. Stir in chopped nuts. Spread batter into prepared pan.

  3. Bake for 55 minutes or until toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean. Remove from oven, and set aside to cool.

  4. In a medium mixing bowl, combine butter or margarine, cream cheese, vanilla, and confectioners sugar. Blend until creamy. Frost cake while still in the pan.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

616 Calories
30g Fat
84g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 15
Calories 616
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g 39%
Saturated Fat 11g 54%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 540mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 84g 30%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 67g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 4mg 19%
Calcium 57mg 4%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 206mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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