Fourteen Carat Cake


This carrot cake is worth its weight in gold! It always gets compliments!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 40 mins
1 9-inch layer cake



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 1 ½ cups vegetable oil

  • 4 eggs

  • 2 cups finely grated carrots

  • 1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained

  • ½ cup chopped walnuts

  • 1 cup flaked coconut

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 4 tablespoons butter, room temperature

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 (16 ounce) package confectioners' sugar, sifted


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 9-inch pans.

  2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda , salt and cinnamon. Add the sugar, oil and eggs; mix well for 1 minute. Stir in the carrots, pineapple, walnuts, and coconut. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center of each cake layer comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes (one layer may be done sooner than the other). Cool in pans for 10 minutes before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely.

  4. To make the frosting, beat butter and cream cheese until smooth. Mix in confectioners' sugar at low speed until combined; beat until fluffy. Stir in vanilla.

Cook's Note:

For an extra touch, sometimes I add a little lemon juice to the frosting, about 1 teaspoon or to taste.
I have been told that this tastes like cheesecake on top of the carrot cake--the best of both worlds!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

862 Calories
51g Fat
97g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 862
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 51g 66%
Saturated Fat 17g 84%
Cholesterol 113mg 38%
Sodium 701mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 97g 35%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 76g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 118mg 9%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 219mg 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.