This carrot cake recipe delivers a moist cake with lots of shredded carrots, crushed pineapple, and raisins and a tangy lemon cream cheese frosting.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
20
Yield:
20 servings
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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Beat 1 cup butter and sugars until light and fluffy in large bowl. Beat in eggs. Beat in crushed pineapple, carrots, raisins and vanilla.

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  • Stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt in medium bowl. Gradually add to pineapple mixture and beat until well blended. Pour into 2 9-inch greased and floured cake pans.

  • Bake at 350 degrees F 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool in pans 15 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire racks.

  • Beat cream cheese with remaining 1/2 cup butter until smooth. Beat in powdered sugar, lemon peel and juice until smooth. Spread frosting over cakes. Garnish with additional crushed pineapple and grated carrots, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

403 calories; protein 4.4g; carbohydrates 55g; fat 18.8g; cholesterol 81.7mg; sodium 342.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
04/04/2014
If you haven't tried this cake.. it you should!!! This IS fantastic. The best homemade carrot cake I've ever had. I didn't change the cake recipe at all! I did grate my own carrots but that's it. Moist and flavorful! Loved it! I doubled the frosting recipe as suggested. If you're going to make 9 in cake I think that's a good idea. Probably not necessary if you make a 9x13. I didn't add the lemon peel just the juice and a tsp of vanilla. The frosting was great as well. Not too sweet just enough. Going forward this will be my only carrot cake recipe!!!! YUMMY Read More
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19 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2014
LOVED IT!!! Only thing I changed was I needed more icing so I doubled that part. I have people asking for the recipe all the time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/04/2014
If you haven't tried this cake.. it you should!!! This IS fantastic. The best homemade carrot cake I've ever had. I didn't change the cake recipe at all! I did grate my own carrots but that's it. Moist and flavorful! Loved it! I doubled the frosting recipe as suggested. If you're going to make 9 in cake I think that's a good idea. Probably not necessary if you make a 9x13. I didn't add the lemon peel just the juice and a tsp of vanilla. The frosting was great as well. Not too sweet just enough. Going forward this will be my only carrot cake recipe!!!! YUMMY Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2014
This was a moist carrot cake. I cooked it according to the recipe and it turned out delicious. The lemon cream cheese frosting was a perfect compliment. Everyone raved about it even the young girl that doesn't like fruit! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/18/2014
I had to run around to gather all the ingredients but it was worth it. Amazing!! It's dense delicious and moist. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/15/2013
This recipe was not only simple but it tasted delicious! Moist and the Best Carrot Cake I ever ate. My 11 year old made the cake! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/26/2017
I don't like it when someone rates a recipe 5 stars and then makes changes so with my changes this is 5 stars!!! I did everything the same except here are the changes I made: I poured the pineapple juice over the raisins microwaved 60 seconds and set aside once ready to add I drained them first. I shredded my carrots VERY fine (smallest whole on grater) so I put aprox 3 cups (it's a lot). I added "2" tsp cinnamon omitted ginger and instead I added 1/2 tsp allspice and 1/2 tsp nutmeg. I also added 1 cup walnuts (what's carrot cake without them) and 1/2 cup flaked coconut. I baked it in a 9x13 air bake pan for 40 min exactly and it came out perfect! This is a VERY moist dense and flavorful carrot cake (just the way I like it)! Both my son and fiance really liked it too! In fact my fiance (who's usually not a big fan of carrot cake) said "I know what cake I want for my birthday" (he couldn't stop eating it)! I used the Cream Cheese Frosting 11 by: Janni (on all recipes). Only change I made there was I put a total of 2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar. Again both my son and fiance said "I really like that frosting"! Both are a WINNER! I now have my own recipe for whenever I want a great carrot cake! Wish I knew how to add a picture. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/06/2018
Left out the coconut and increased the amount of raisins by 1/4 cup added 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts and a small can of pumpkin pie mix.....lasted just two days..will make again Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/14/2015
This cake is delicious. I made the cake as is...added walnuts my preference. It was dense but moist. Just the right amount of spice. I will definitely make it again. I made it as a sheet cake and the icing was enough to frost it. I used the recipe but substituted Nufatchel cheese instead of cream cheese. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/27/2018
Made amazing cupcakes! Baked for 20 minutes. I used unsalted butter so will double the salt next time. Super moist and delicious! Read More
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