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Sam's Famous Carrot Cake

Rated as 4.78 out of 5 Stars

"My Grandfather (Sam) was famous for this cake. 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! Enjoy!"
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1 h 40 m servings 374 cals
Original recipe yields 15 servings (1 - 8x12 inch pan)


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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8x12 inch pan. Watch Now
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside. Watch Now
  3. In a large bowl, combine eggs, buttermilk, oil, sugar and vanilla. Mix well. Add flour mixture and mix well. Watch Now
  4. In a medium bowl, combine shredded carrots, coconut, walnuts, pineapple and raisins. Watch Now
  5. Using a large wooden spoon or a very heavy whisk, add carrot mixture to batter and fold in well. Watch Now
  6. Pour into prepared 8x12 inch pan, and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 1 hour. Check with toothpick. Watch Now
  7. Allow to cool for at least 20 minutes before serving. Watch Now

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 374 calories; 18.8 g fat; 48.7 g carbohydrates; 5.2 g protein; 38 mg cholesterol; 259 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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This really is the best carrot cake in the world. I changed 3 things: reg. milk + 1 teaspooon lemon juice in place of buttermilk as I was out of it. 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg was added and also I c...

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I have to say that I was very disappointed with this recipe. After reading all the great reviews I thought this would be great, but then nearly everyone who gave 4+ stars modified the recipe in ...

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This really is the best carrot cake in the world. I changed 3 things: reg. milk + 1 teaspooon lemon juice in place of buttermilk as I was out of it. 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg was added and also I c...

My daughter and I tried 5 different carrot cake recipes to find one suitably delicious for a wedding cake and settled on this one. Even though this site says that the 'Best Carrot Cake Ever' is ...

Bravo,this is a wonderful recipie...I took a hint from a Gourmet magazine recipie and added grated rind of a lemon. In addition, I made the cream cheese icing with grated lemon rind and lemon ju...

Modestly, I must rate this the best carrot cake ever since Sam was my grandfather. I wanted to post a public message thanking all those who have reviewed this recipe and gave it such high marks...

I made this carrot cake because it had everything (coconut, walnuts, pineapple, and raisins) plus buttermilk. The only change I made was to put it into two round cake pans. If you do this reduce...

This is AMAZING! So Moist and filling and the flavour even develops more beatifully over the days. I First made this for mothers day and my mother claims this IS the BEST carrot cake ever tasted...

This cake is FANTASTIC!! Omitted the raisins, baked it in a 13X9 pan for 45 minutes, and topped it off with a thick layer of cream cheese frosting. This is the only carrot cake recipe I'll use ...

Oh my goodness !!!! This was the ultimate best carrot cake I have ever had...and my guests agreed. As others recommended, I used Cream Cheese Frosting II. It was equally delicious. I used two...

Okay, I've baked this cake over 20 times and so I consider myself an expert on this recipe. (I always mentally thank "Grampa Sam" every time I bake it.) First of all, to "clwguy," who gave this...