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
Total Time:
1 hr 25 mins
1 (9x13-inch) cake


  • 2 cups white sugar

  • ¾ cup vegetable oil

  • ¾ cup buttermilk

  • 3 large eggs

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided

  • 2 cups grated carrots

  • 1 (15 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained

  • 1 cup flaked coconut

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese

  • ½ cup butter


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish; set aside.

  2. Mix together sugar, oil, buttermilk, eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla in a large bowl until well combined. Stir in carrots, pineapple, and coconut. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl; gently stir into carrot mixture. Mix in nuts until incorporated. Spread batter into the prepared dish.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.

  4. Beat together confectioners' sugar, cream cheese, butter, and remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla in a large bowl with an electric mixer until creamy. Frost cooled cake while still in the dish.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

604 Calories
30g Fat
80g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 15
Calories 604
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g 39%
Saturated Fat 10g 51%
Cholesterol 69mg 23%
Sodium 541mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 80g 29%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 64g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 4mg 19%
Calcium 60mg 5%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 213mg 5%

* 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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