Sam's Famous Carrot Cake


This is Sam's (my grandfather) famous carrot cake recipe. Everyone who knew him knows of his famous carrot cake. He would always have some available for anyone who wanted it. We'll miss him, but his carrot cake legacy will always live on!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins
1 8x12-inch pan


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ cups white sugar

  • 3 large eggs

  • ¾ cup buttermilk

  • ¾ cup vegetable oil

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 2 cups shredded carrots

  • 1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple with juice

  • 1 cup flaked coconut

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

  • 1 cup raisins


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8x12-inch pan.

  2. Sift flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt together in a medium bowl; set aside.

  3. Mix sugar, eggs, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla together in a large bowl; gradually add flour mixture until just combined.

  4. Combine shredded carrots, pineapple, coconut, walnuts, and raisins in a separate bowl; stir into cake batter using a large wooden spoon until combined. Pour batter into the prepared pan.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 1 hour. Allow cake to cool for at least 20 minutes before serving.

    a two-layer carrot cake with cream cheese frosting with a wedge cut out showing the raisins and nuts inside
    Cynthia Ross

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

374 Calories
19g Fat
49g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 15
Calories 374
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 38mg 13%
Sodium 259mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 31g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 3mg 14%
Calcium 45mg 3%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 242mg 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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