To-Die-For Carrot Cake

An amazingly delicious carrot cake recipe made with applesauce!

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I can’t believe I’ve waited this long to share this recipe with you!  This is my Nana’s recipe {slightly modified} and it is sooo amazing!  I get requests several times a year for this To-Die-For Carrot Cake and made it just last week for my sister’s birthday.  I love this recipe because it’s a one-two-three recipe and that makes it so easy!  The pineapple makes this cakes so moist and the addition of coconut adds a sweet, delicate flavor that you’re going to love!

My Nana’s recipe is super simple and tastes incredible but what’s a carrot cake without cream cheese frosting??

In the interest of full disclosure, I ALWAYS double this recipe.  We love our cream cheese frosting and although I never use it all, it’s amazing on top of graham crackers.  That’s how my Nana would serve it to us for snacks ;)

Invert the cake onto a cake plate or stand.

Apply a generous dollop of frosting and spread…

Gently place the second cake on top…

and continue frosting.

Sometimes if the cake is crumbly, I’ll do a crumb coat.  If I’m in a hurry or don’t think it’s going to be an issue, I’ll skip this step.

You can decorate the cake however you want {of course!} and I do it differently every time.  I left out the nuts in this recipe and opted to decorate with them instead.  I chopped up some pecans…

…and then inverted a bowl onto the cake.  I spread the pecans around the bowl…

and ended up with a nice clean circle on the center of the cake.

I could have left it like this but my family loves coconut so I filled in the center with shredded coconut.  Turned out really pretty!

Now all we needed was some candles…

And a birthday girl to blow them out…

What a cake!!

I’d love for you to give this recipe a try – it really will blow your mind!  I like to use light cream cheese frosting and then subbing the applesauce for the oil, well, obviously you can now have two pieces of cake ;)

To-Die-For Carrot Cake {Recipe}

To-Die-For Carrot Cake {Recipe}

Ingredients

    Cake:
    One
  • 1 1/4 c unsweetened applesauce (or oil, this is what my Nana used)
  • 2 c sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • Two
  • 2 c flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Three
  • 2 c grated carrots
  • 1 c coconut
  • 1 c chopped nuts (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup Dole crushed pineapple (not drained!) {use the pineapple in JUICE not syrup}
  • Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 1/2 c butter (softened)
  • 8 oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 lb powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine #1 ingredients. Add #2 ingredients. Stir in #3 ingredients.
  3. Pour into a lightly greased 9 x 13 or two 8 or 9-inch pans.
  4. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cakes cool completely!
  5. For the frosting:
  6. Beat the butter and cream cheese until nice and fluffy. Add in the vanilla and powdered sugar and beat until nice and smooth. In the interest of full disclosure, I ALWAYS double this recipe. We love our cream cheese frosting and although I never use it all, it's amazing on top of graham crackers. That's how my Nana would serve it to us for snacks ;)
  7. Invert the cake onto a cake plate or stand.
  8. Apply a generous dollop of frosting and spread...
  9. Gently place the second cake on top and continue frosting.
  10. Sometimes if the cake is crumbly, I'll do a crumb coat. If I'm in a hurry or don't think it's going to be an issue, I'll skip this step.
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Do you have family recipes that the whole family just LOVES??  I’m so thankful that I was able to get so many fabulous recipes from my Nana.  Every time we eat this cake, I think of her and all the yummy times we had together.  Here are some more of my favorites:

Turtle Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

Turtle Thumbprint Cookies

Overnight Caramel Pecan Cinnamon Rolls

Overnight Caramel Pecan Cinnamon Rolls

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Mini Cheesecakes

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Comments

  1. Oh wow! This look fantastic! I haven’t had carrot cake in ages.

    • Mayet Doria says:

      Thanks for the recipe! I made it today for our wedding anniversary and it was so delicious! I just reduce the apple sauce to 1/2 cup oil and 1/2 cup applesauce and still taste delicious!

    • I just made this but my results were not so good. It was for my dad’s birthday but one of the layers ending up sticking really bad to the cake pan even though it was sprayed with cooking spray. The oil makes is very heavy and I had no applesauce. Wonder if it should be tweaked better to balance out the weight? Guess I will only be icing one later instead of 2. The results would be better if left in a 9×13.

  2. I love carrot cake and yours looks heavenly! Love how you did a circle of pecans around the edge.

  3. This cake looks fabulous!
    Love your recipe. It seems to be a really rich and delicious cake.
    I’m pinning this

  4. That looks delicious …..pinned it for later : )

  5. Looks divine! Great pics!

  6. Looks absolutely delicious!!

  7. Mmmm … carrot cake is my absolute favorite cake!

  8. Yum! That looks delicious! Thanks for sharing! XO

  9. Hello.
    Visiting from Serenity Saturday.

    My wife and I love carrot cake and the ingredients you use are regular staples in our pantry. I hope you won’t mind if I print it out and give to my wife to try. I’m having a couple of virtual slices with my favorite coffee right now (LOL). Nice instructions and presentation. Thanks for sharing.

    Trembling With Desire

  10. We love carrot cake in this household and your recipe sounds amazing!

    Thanks for sharing!

  11. Pinned it and can’t wait to try it! Kathy Penney @ Pinner Takes All

  12. Tri-fold show board for a fun {and cheap!} backdrop. put out the TCBY Orange & Vanilla Bars, the Orange Creamsicle Lollipops, crazy straws and set up a Creamsicle Float tasting station with three different orange sodas and Classic Vanilla Bean Frozen Yogurt.

  13. OH MY GOODNESS!!! This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it! Your pictures of it are gorgeous as well. :)

  14. This looks so Amazing – I Love carrot cake! My latest post was a recipe for carrot cake ice cream – we should put the two together for carrot cake extravaganza! Pinning! Have a wonderful week :)

  15. it look fabulous and sounds fantastic!!!

  16. This looks terrific!! I would love for you to link up to Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch. http://mandatorymooch.blogspot.com/2012/08/tasty-thursdays-5.html

    Thanks,
    Nichi

  17. Oh,my! That looks heavenly, Trish! I will give it a try. New follower for you! Hoping you will stop by my place for a visit~Angie
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  18. This looks so HEAVENLY!! Thank you so much for sharing! I just pinned it and can’t wait to make it soon! I love that the cake has applesauce instead of oil and pineapple too, what a nice surprise! Thanks again for sharing your Nana’s delicious recipe!

    ~Jen @ YummyHealthyEasy.blogspot.com

  19. Carrot cake is my favorite! I’m pinning this to try later! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

  20. It definitely is to die for cake. :) A friend of mine once made a carrot cake and since then I have been dying to make one at home! Thanks for the recipe. Have a nice weekend!
    Pinning it.

  21. This looks so delicious!! I love the carrot cake but I love the frosting even more! Thanks for sharing this at The Creative Spark. I’ll be featuring it today. Enjoy your Sunday!
    Jenn :)

  22. sounds yummy!

  23. Wow! I am a HUGE carrot cake fan, have been my entire life. This looks amazing!

  24. I am not a sweet eater, but I do love carrot cake. This looks beyond yummy, and the frosting sounds so darn good. Thanks for sharing all your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  25. That does look to die for!

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  26. My husband is allergic to coconut, have you ever made this recipe without?

  27. Mmmm, I love a good carrot cake. This looks fantastic!

  28. This is almost identical to my carrot cake recipe, so I can vouch for the fact that it is over the top delicious!

  29. This does seem very easy! But – lazy me – would definitely opt for the pre-made cream cheese frosting! Pinning…

  30. Yum!! My mouth is watering looking at it. I have a ‘thing’ for carrot cake…could you drop a small piece over??

  31. This was good but did not taste like carrot cake at all. The pineapple is the most dominant flavor. I made it for my Mom’s birthday and was a little disappointed.

    • I’m so sorry you were disappointed! I hardly notice the pineapple flavor myself – it just adds a lot of moistness. You could always omit the pineapple or use less if you would like to try again :)

  32. That is a stunning cake Trish!

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  34. Hi Trish,

    You were the spotlight feature from last week’s party. :) I can’t wait to try your recipe.
    Have a nice weekend!
    http://www.craftionary.net/2012/08/best-carrot-cake-family-recipe.html

  35. Thank you for sharing your recipe! It looks wonderful, and your cake is very pretty. Looking forward to trying it. :)

  36. Thank you for sharing your recipe. It was fantastic. I made one for my family and one for a gathering we have to go to. Not sure the second one will make it to the gathering! It’s such a wonderful cake. Great recipe and thanks again!

  37. I want to make this for my moms birthday this friday, she LOVES carrot cake but I’ve never made it before. Will one batch of the frosting cover the whole cake and inbetween the layers? Or do I need to double it?

  38. What kind of chopped nuts do you use inside the cake?

  39. Gotta pin this one because carrot cake is my hubby’s favorite.. This does look to die for!!!

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
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  40. I’ve never been a huge fan of carrot cake, but you might have convinced me to try your recipe:) came over from thenymelrosefamily and can’t wait to get more recipes!

  41. I bought a little piece of carrot cake at the grocery store today but I know it won’t be as good as this. I think I will make this for our Halloween party and top with little orange candy pumpkins. Do you think this would work as mini cupcakes?

  42. That looks very very good! I made a carrot cake for myself last year for my birthday – it’s one of my very favorite cakes!! :)

    Stopping by from Chef in Training

  43. Ohhh wow!! Carrot cake is my favorite, and the addition of pineapple AND coconut… pretty sure this will be a little slice of heaven! I’m pinning it now :) New follower via Tatertots & Jello. I’m loving your blog and {only because I bring my boys to the zoo ALL THE TIME} I recognize your picture on the extinct American Lion and I think we’re both in America’s Finest City! :))
    xo,
    Laurie @ Gallamore West

  44. Really tasty looking carrot cake.I think i will try this receipe to my sons birthday:)

  45. Looks yummy, and wonderful pictures! I’ve had fun looking around your blog. I would love to have you stop by and share ‘Your Great Idea’ in my link party! You’ll find it every Saturday, and it usually runs until Tuesday. I hope to see you there…and, I know my readers would love you! http://www.oneshetwoshe.com

  46. I made this today…it was fabulous!!!!!!!

  47. In your opinion is the apple sauce or oil better? Which version did your gran use? Looks so yummy, defiantly going to try yours :) Thanks so much for sharing :)

  48. Thanks so much. I actually like your option of using rather apple sauce, as it makes it healthier and often found carrot cake has that oil taste. I’ll let you know how it comes out :)

  49. This looks almost too beautiful to eat! Visiting from B&N…Sarah @ Dwellonjoy.com

  50. this looks amazing!!!

  51. Anonymous says:

    Im making this now…will let you know how it turns out tomorrow with the fam.-Carly

  52. I’m thinking that crushed pineapple in juice would be best…that pineapple in heavy syrup might be too much. I bet that’s what happened to Siennajunie. This cake will be added to my Thanksgiving menu. I’d like to suggest toasting the nuts in the oven at 350* for about 8 minutes…it really brings out the flavor.

    • Yes! Yes! Yes! Definitely in 100% juice – that syrup stuff is not good at all! I just clarified that in the ingredients list so thank you for pointing that out :) Toasting the nuts is a fantastic idea! I’m so glad that you will be serving this on Thanksgiving :)

  53. as a huge fan of carrot cake, i was so excited to try this, but true to my character i completely went my own way. I used 1 c honey + 1/4 c sugar – I went half/half on the oil/applesauce option and used whole wheat flour. i’m pretty sure i did everything else right but WOW it was so moist and delightful! and as much as i love cream cheese frosting, it wasn’t for any occasion so I opted for sifted powdered sugar with nutmeg… it was quick and easy. Thank you for sharing your Nana’s cake recipe!

    • I’m so glad you liked it Sherry! I love all your tweaks :) That’s how I am too! Thank you so much for letting me know!

      • Kristin Dittrich says:

        Mine was a little overly sweet (used 1 cup coconut sugar and 1 cup agave) so good to know less sugar still comes out good!

        Did you mean to write 1LB powdered sugar for the frosting? I used a half cup and it was still too sweet…isn’t a pound a few cups?

        Thanks!

  54. Hi Trish,
    I found this blog and yummy looking cake from pinterest. You have me as a new follower for sure :)

  55. Great recipe. Definetly my favorit carrot cake.

  56. I’m late in telling you, but I wanted you to know that I made an adapted version of this for the 2012 State Fair and won a blue ribbon for it! Not only that, but I also won Sweepstakes, meaning it was judged best of all the cakes submitted for judging, not just carrot cake. So you have some bragging rights about the cake for sure! I won’t be blogging my own version for a year or more as I’m offering it to those willing to make a donation for a friend who needs surgery, and I want to keep it more special for them, but I will be linking to you when I do blog it! I also have a link to this post at the bottom of my own version so everyone knows who was my inspiration. Thank you so much for this fabulous recipe!

  57. Ja, what a cake!

  58. My mom makes THE BEST carrot cake! :-) So I never try another recipe, but I love how you added nuts to the top. That’s a change I could get behind.

  59. Hi! Sounds like a great recipe but I’m not a huge coconut fan. Will it turn out ok if I don’t add the coconut?

  60. This recipe looks so yummy, I have never made carrot cake before but I love it and this looks easy! I am going to do it without nuts and put a thin layer of cheesecake in the middle then frost with your frosting. Planning on bringing it to Thanksgiving, can’t wait to try it!

  61. I baked your carrot cake with its cream cheese frosting for Thanksgiving. It was a big hit with my husband and family. I even used your technique inverting a small bowl on top of the frosted cake and spreading crushed walnuts around it. Thank you for this delicious recipe.

  62. Thank you for sharing this AMAZING recipe. I made it for Thanksgiving and my family thought it was the best dessert. They are now requesting it for Christmas and for it to be our special dessert for ALL special occasions. The cake itself was SO good. I loved that it had no oil and all the ingredients felt so healthy for an indulgence. The frosting was really the only “bad” part but it was so delicious. Thanks for the tip to double the frosting recipe, I was pretty popular for the next few days as the kids had extra frosting to put on all sorts of things. I will make this recipe for many years to come. Thank you again!

  63. I did the recipe with the cheesecake in the middle for Thanksgiving and it was a big hit! It turned out really well I did the cheesecake about half the thickness of a normal cheesecake so that it wasn’t too much! Next time I will probably reduce the amount of carrots since my husband doesn’t like carrots but likes carrot cake, so the full amount was too much for him. Thanks again for this yummy recipe :)

  64. THIS is seriously the best carrot cake ever. I’ve shared it on facebook, and probably will be sharing it on my blog too (fully giving credit to you) it’s just so good!

    I added just a bit more cinnamon and I also added some dried fruit (because we had it in the fridge still) and it was really lovely. I could have done without the dried fruit, but I needed to get rid of it somehow.

    My husband was a lover of this cake too, thank you so much! :)

  65. Fantastic cake Trish,
    I made it with the oil, used only one recipe of the icing, followed the photos to the T,
    And I am ready to make another for my next party which is on Saturday. I wanted to ask you if I could
    freeze the cakes for about six days? This would allow me to be able to do other cooking that has to be done last minute. I would of course make the icing the day of the party and assemble the cake.
    I like to make the cake with applesauce, but I am a worried it might be a bit heavier.
    So I will do this when it is just imediate family.
    Thank you so much for sharing this delicious recipe.
    Marsha

  66. Trish, the flash freezing method worked out really well.
    Again the cake was beautiful in presentation, and soooo delicious.
    My guests thought I bought the cake.
    Do you have any hints about baking with gas?
    I recently switched to gas from electric. I am having a hard time with the transition.
    I am not sure if I should lower the temperature at the start, and by how much, or bake it at a shorter time?
    Thank you for all your help and kindness
    Marsha

  67. Absolutely Delicious and beautiful. Will most definitely make again and again! Thanks for sharing!

  68. I made this carrot cake to take to a friend’s house for dinner last night and it was a hit~ My usual “go to” recipe uses oil and always falls in the center but this cake was moist, delicious, and perfectly shaped! It is healthier by replacing the oil with fruit. It is now my new “go to” recipe.

  69. Hi I’m from Jordan I made this recipe today for my family in law, it is soo nice and yummy but it is too sweet for me actually I felt that two cups of sugar is too much but I liked to follow the steps. Next time Ill use 1 1/2 cup of sugar.
    I didn’t use the pinable too bcz I don’t have it
    Thank u for the recipe.
    I’d like to ask if there z another dressing bcz I’m not a cheese lover?
    Thank u again

  70. Trish, this cake is just gorgeous!!! I’ll have to make this for our next special occasion. :)

  71. Oh Carrot Cake is one of my faves…I will have to try this for sure.

  72. Hey Trish:)
    I’m making this for my daughter’s birthday tomorrow cuz it looks sooooo yummy, and I have a stupid question, is it 1 CUP or 1 CAN of pineapple? I know that I’ll pick one way or the other and I’ll have messed the whole thing up:)

  73. I have the same question. Is it 1 can or 1 cup pineapple? And applesauce is an unsweetened or sweetened one?
    Thank you

  74. Wow! This cake looks AMAZING! My day’s birthday is on the 28th and he loves carrot cake. I’m meeting him for dinner so want to bring him something to take home….I thought cupcakes would be easier. Do you happen to know about how many cupcakes this would make or how I should adjust the baking time if I make cupcakes? I’m looking forward to use this recipe!! :)

  75. Zuena Odhiambo says:

    Thanks for sharing this lovely cake recipe Trish. I made the cake a while back and the middle was not baked. I removed that and we ate the rest of it which was well baked. I figured out that the cake tin I had used was small. I really liked the mixture so today I baked again using the same ingredients although I did not put in the carrots and bicarbonate of soda because I react to it. The cake came out beautifully!!!!!!! As I type this, I’m having a huge piece with a cup of green tea…..Thanks a lot.

  76. hi
    when you say 2 c of sugar is that a cup ??
    thank you

  77. I am gonna try this one out looks great.

  78. Love carrot cakes i am going to try this one.

  79. I tried this recipe (with applesauce and 1c pecans) for my fathers bday it was AMAZING! I never made carrot cake and my dad who is a total dessert king raved about it! Def a keeper recipe!!!

  80. Made this cake today. It was wonderfull! Finally I have a great carrot cake recipe! thnx

  81. I found the icing nowhere near thick enough, causing major problems when trying to ice the cake. I had to try and thicken it up with even more icing sugar and shortening. I may suggest a different cream cheese icing in the future.

    • I’m wondering if your measurements might have been off? I’ve made this no less than 100 times and it really is fool-proof. If ever you have icing or frosting that isn’t thick enough – just add some more powdered sugar until it gets to your desired thickness. Hope that helps!

    • Jan Carmichael says:

      I would hope she did not use shortening in this frosting….yik! I bake and decorate cakes and my go-to buttercream is actually cream cheese based. It makes enough to frost a two layer cake nicely and is very similar to your recipe but it’s not as “loose” as a regular cream cheese frosting. My recipe is 1-8 ounce box of cream cheese, 2-sticks of real butter (8-ounces), and two pounds of powdered sugar. You don’t even need the vanilla. Beat softened cream cheese and butter until smooth and creamy and well combined, then slowly add the powdered sugar. That’s it. Add liquid only if you need it. This frosting pipes well and crusts nicely and goes wonderfully well with carrot cake. It might be a good alternative for those who want a “sturdier” frosting. I can’t wait to try your recipe…it looks just like the one the bakery I used to work for used and I’ve been looking for one like it since!

  82. Believe it or not, I’m 28 years old and has never had carrot cake in the past. I was feeling adventurist and wanted to try something different, so i Pinterest carrot cake. Your recipe caught my eyes, so I pinned it. Today, I had time to bake so I gave this cake a go and omg…….this carrot cake is soo yummy, moist, and flavorful. I didn’t have applesauce, so i used oil….still, sooooooooo out of this world delicious!

    • Ahhh! I am SO glad that you enjoyed the recipe! My Nana used to make it with oil so I know how good it is like that :) This is definitely my favorite carrot cake recipe and I’m happy you gave it a try. Thank you for your sweet comment!

  83. This carrot cake was delicious! I followed the recipe but added some ginger, subbed some honey for some of the sugar and used cool whip frosting in the tub instead of making my own, it turned out so good and my mom loved it for her 60th birthday! I blogged it and linked back to you for the recipe, thanks for sharing!

  84. this looks delicious, but I don’t like pineapple in my carrot cake – can you substitute? (if so, any recommendations on what to subs?)

  85. Have you ever done this recipe in cupcakes instead of cake? Your recipe was delicious but I would like to try cupcakes next time. This cake was super moist so I’m a little worried how it will turn out. Do you need to cut any ingredients or change bake times? Do you know how many it makes?

    • It is VERY moist. Hmm, I’ve never tried it a cupcakes but you could check the back of a cake box and see roughly what the difference in bake times are and also how many cupcakes it would yield approximately. Let me know if you give it a go and how it turns out!

  86. Charlotte Moore says:

    This is beautiful and looks so tasty.

  87. Jeannette Shields says:

    This sounds so very good! I’m going to make it as soon as I get all the ingredients. Thank you! I’ve been craving carrot cake! I found your recipe on Li’l Luna.

  88. Found this on Pinterest and will be making it for Easter. Is the coconut unsweetened or sweetened? Thank you.

  89. Made this for Easter and everybody LOVED it! It was so simple to make and so very moist- love the idea of using applesauce instead of all that oil! I ended up having enough batter to make 3 layers and just 1 batch of the frosting was enough to cover it all.

  90. Your carrot cake looks amazing! I nearly licked the screen. I can’t wait to make it. Thank you

  91. Meggan says:

    I made this today and it’s so delicious and very moist! I’ve been craving carrot cake and this recipe popped up on my Pinterest feed, so I decided to try it out! Thank you for sharing!

  92. So my mom is begging me to make this for Mother’s Day, since I shared it on my FB. The guys are in charge of putting the food together for the holiday, but no one bakes and quite frankly, we’re a little nervous lol. So I may come in and save the day with your cake. YUM!

  93. Hannah Johnston says:

    With the exception of the applesauce instead of oil, I cooked this cake last Christmas and it is out of this
    world great!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will try the applesauce next time. Thanks for your recipe. I could not wait for another
    occasion to cook this cake. I craved it after Christmas and when an occasion arose I thought of this first.

    • Definitely give the applesauce a try – I think you are going to be pleasantly surprised :) My Dad who has been eating this cake his entire life thinks it’s better with the applesauce! Thank you so much for the sweet comment Hannah!

  94. Michelle says:

    This looks amazing must get some ice person to make it for me

  95. Krystle says:

    I’m making this cake for my daughters second birthday this weekend, but I just thought I’d ask a question.
    That being, do you do anything to get these to bake up so nice and flat (meaning level.) They look perfect!

    • They typically just bake up that pretty Krystle :) This is one recipe that I never have finagle – thank goodness! If, for some reason, they don’t bake up perfectly, you can always use a long, serrated knife to trim the tops so they are nice and even. I don’t like doing that because then you for sure will have to do a crumb coat with the frosting, but if it’s necessary, then that’s an option. Happy Birthday to your daughter! Second birthdays are SO much fun!

  96. hi when u mix in the wet ingredients do u just mix it with a spoon like for muffins or do u beat the eggs and sugar ?

  97. Hi, this recipe looks delicious and I have just made it. We will see how it tasted but it may be excellent. From the Patagonia, Chile

  98. I made your cake today for my boyfriends b-day… it came out so moist and so delicious. THank you, you are a lifesaver.

  99. My mother used to make me a carrot cake every year for my birthday after she found a recipe just like this one and I said it was the best cake I had ever tasted, which it was. It is still my favorite. It has been many years since I have tasted a really good carrot cake. I have looked up recipes til I just about came to the conclusion there wasn’t one out there until today. My grandson has asked me to make him a carrot cake or his b’day (23rd) Aug. 30th, so I have been really frantic. Thank you, thank you, thank you for rescuing me. Carrot cake is also his favorite. I will be making this today, calling it a trial run, so I can have once again a great piece of carrot cake with the yummy cream cheese frosting.

    • Oh Mary! You just made my day :) We are celebrating my sister’s birthday today and guess what we’re having? Yep! My brother is making it for her and I am SO excited to have a slice :) Have a wonderful, wonderful weekend Mary!

  100. Rachel Weinblatt says:

    Thank you so much for the carrot cake recipe. This is the best one I’ve ever tried!!

    • Oh I am SO thrilled that you enjoyed the recipe Rachel!! I will actually be eating it today too :) My brother is making it for my sister’s birthday! I’m definitely looking forward to that :) Have a great weekend!

  101. What other garnish could be used besides anything with nuts? My son is highly allergic but I want to try this cake and your bowl tip!
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  102. Hello .. I am a chef an this has to be the best Carrot Cake that I have made , I hope you don’t mind that i made it an served it to everyone at the Res.. that I work for , an everyone so ENJOYED it to the Fullest .. I will be making it again ..

  103. rose in Toronto Canada says:

    Ciao Trish, I have just discovered your blog and I LOVE IT….LOVE IT….LOVE IT…..
    I will be making the carrot cake, it’s a favorite of mine, but I have never seen a recipe as delicious as this one
    Your boys are adorable….
    God bless
    ciao

  104. Karen Halliburton says:

    Hi and thanks for the post. Today is my hubby’s birthday and carrot cake is his fav so I will be making this for him. Love your site!

  105. Hi Trish, I wanted to stop by and thank you for the recipe. I made your cake and it was amazing! When I read the ingredients list and did not see any butter or oil I was skeptical, but decided to trust you, and the cake turned out very nice. I also reduced the sugar a bit, and used more shredded carrots instead of the nuts. So it ended up a really low-calorie version, but still absolutely delicious! And it’s so easy to make! Thank you!
    p.s. I posted it on my blog and linked back to you.
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  106. Thank you soooo much for this recipe! We were invited to a dinner party at school and everyone had to bring a dish so I decided to bake this carrot cake. I got so many compliments on this cake, even from the teachers! Some of my classmates told me that my cake was the best out of all the cakes, and they even had two pieces!

    This is indeed a cake to die for ;D

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  108. Sounds divine. Love carrot cake and this seems like it would be very moist and delicious.
    Was wondering if I used oil but substituted the applesauce for the eggs it would still turn out? I might just have to try and see.
    Need some good eggless cake recipes for a vegetarian family member and thought this could be adapted.

  109. Hi! Iam going to make this for my birthday as soon as I have made it in to gram and dl . Thank you so much for thees great recipes :D

  110. Hello Trish,

    I am a huge fan of your recipes. I’ve made 4 of them so far & haven’t been disappointed.. ever! I going to make this cake later. (Soo excited!!) I wanted to know if I can swap 1c of granulated sugar with 1c of dark brown sugar?

  111. Great, easy recipe!

    I tried it out today and wrote a review on my blog! My family really liked it and I am sure I will be making it again. :)

  112. Hi!
    I have a question, my sister doesn’t like the pineapple,¿what do you suggest me for replace that ingredient?
    Thank you… It’s a great recipe

  113. I just made this for my Dad’s birthday. He loves carrot cake. It was so moist and delicious and I like knowing it is not full of oil because the taste is decadant. I omitted the coconut and nuts and just used 1/2 lb of sugar in the frosting. It was amazing. A new family favorite recipe for sure!

  114. I made this cake today for my dad’s birthday. The cake was sooooo moist that it wouldn’t bake. I had it in the oven for over an hour and it was still raw and the outside was starting to burn. With the apple sauce and the pineapple/juice it was just to much. The cream cheese frosting came out good tho! Now I just need to bake a new cake. Lol

    • Hi Amanda! I’ve never had this cake not bake up beautifully so I’m trying to think of what might have happened with yours. Did you use just one cup of the pineapple? There’s not really that much liquid in the recipe so I’m not sure where else to look :) Glad you enjoyed the frosting though!

  115. My husband always requests carrot cake for his birthday so I decided to bake your recipe this year. I used the apple sauce which is a first for me, usually I use oil and I have to say it baked and tasted wonderful! Another Good Job!

  116. Although healthier with applesauce instead of oil I am sure it’s not as tasty. Oil is the most often used fat for carrot cake so why not use coconut oil to extend and compliment the coconut used on the icing?

    • I’m sure that would be find Lorraina. I personally don’t think oil tastes good and it is really used to keep the cake moist. The applesauce does the same thing and lends some sweetness. Let me know how the coconut oil goes!

  117. Hi, the cake looks SO tasty – I can’t wait to try it. Have you ever made the cake without the pineapple? My husband hates pineapple… Thank you!

  118. Leah Arthur says:

    Does it make a difference if the coconut is sweetened or unsweetened?

  119. So after weeks of admiring this recipe I finally made it today, with some adaptation. . I substituted coconut oil for the applesauce and cut it down to 1 cup. I was low on white sugar so I used 1 cup white granulated and 1 cup brown sugar. I added a little maple syrup, nutmeg, ground clove and ground ginger too. But the biggest change was I substituted goat cheese for cream cheese. When you don’t have on hand what recipe calls for you have improvise and it turned out great, especially the frosting, Thanks for sharing I have posted it several times already or others to enjoy.

  120. Trish, This cake looks very good. i tried to make it but it came out very dense, I mean not cooked dense.

    I have to admit I did change few things. I made my own apple sauce. Also I had a pineapple at home so used that. Not sure if that id why. Is there anyway I can make this with homemade applesauce and fresh pineapple and not canned? Any help would be appreciated.

    • Hi Mina! Yeah those changes would definitely make a difference and would be a brand new recipe. You could try playing around with it some more on your own but I wouldn’t really know where to start :) Good luck!

  121. Rachel Garcia says:

    Have you ever made cupcakes out of this recipe?

  122. Amy Janis says:

    This cake is absolutely delish. Thank you for sharing.

  123. I love, love, love this cake! I made this cake for my Birthday 3 weeks ago and everyone just at it up! Today I am making it for a second time and am so excited for it to be done! Today I did a variation, as large muffins, and also used my brownie magic pan which divides the cake into 12 pieces. Thanks for this recipe!

  124. I’m thinking about making this for a bday party for my daughter. How many people do you think it would serve?

  125. Carolyn Williams says:

    Could you please tell me how much is a cup in ounces/mls? Thankyou

  126. Hi could u please tell me what does people use baking soda in cookies and cake. Thank you

  127. I love how beautiful and enticing this cake is! Surprisingly have never made a carrot cake for my family. They love banana bread, I figured why not try this with the littles. Thank you! I’ll definitely be checking out the rest of your recipes.

  128. Best carrot cake I’ve ever made. Incredibly moist. I didn’t have quite enough applesauce so topped it up with 1/4 cup of oil and it worked just fine. When I make it again, I think I’ll double the cinnamon and add a pinch of nutmeg. But recipe is fabulous – and my cream cheese icing addicted teens agree that this is the best one I’ve made. (And one recipe was enough to more than generously cover a 9 x 13″ pan.) Thanks!

  129. I’m allergic to pineapples is there something else i can use?

  130. i have been making carrot cake for years .. but would love to try this recipe..thing is..i dont care for applesauce and detest pineapple..any good substitutes?thanks!

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  132. Made this over the weekend for a party and everyone gave it RAVE reviews! It was so delicious and I will be sure to make this again and again :)

  133. I’m so happy to have found this beautiful recipe. I used to have a very similar one that I’ve been searching the internet for since I lost mine in the 2013 Queensland floods.
    My question is regarding the flour used. I’m from Australia and we use either Self Raising or Plain flour. Could you tell me what type this recipe uses?

  134. I made it and my son said it was really good. It was really good. Thank you.

  135. This sounds fantastic. Would it work as cupcakes? How would I adjust the baking time? Thank you.

    • I haven’t tried Donna (although I’ve been meaning to for years) but I’m sure it would. Just spray the muffin tin well and I’m thinking somewhere between 18-25 minutes for cupcakes – just keep your eye on them.

  136. definetely going to try it!!!

  137. Going to make this for my bunco ladies. Looks absolutely delicious. I am also going to add some raisins as well. maybe 1/2 cup?

  138. Your recipe is Great!!! Thank you so much! Its delicious n moist, i use 1/2 cup oil and 3/4cup applesauce. I reduced the amount of sugar to 1 1/2 cup , but it was still too sweet for my taste, especially because this cake also has frosting, n gets additional sugar from pinapple. Next time ill try to reduce the sugar to 1 1/4 or probably 1 cup sugar is enough. walnuts in cake make the cake taste even better, n i think to make the cake taste more like carrot, i suggest to reduce the amount of coconut and add more carrot. Thanks again for the recipe.. I definitely will make this cake again! :)

  139. I tried this. Ingredience are simple followed it step by step. How ever the cake came out more of a bread pudding consistancy and tough. I didnt over mix it at all and stirred in the carrots and all at the end.. Baked cakes they toothpick came out clean cooled it, put the frosting and all cut it and it was tough like.. Taste was awesome though.. Can u give me some tips please on what may have gone wrong?

  140. This recipe did not work for us. We tried to make cupcakes for Halloween and as someone else said, without the oil, it stuck horribly to the cupcake liners. It was also WAY too sweet. With applesauce, coconut and pineapple, you do NOT need sugar. I have a sweet tooth and this was too much. I even cut it down to 1 1/2 cups of sugar, but should have made it zero. Sadly, it they ended up in the garbage :-( At least my 3 year old enjoyed helping.

    • Sorry you had a bad experience :( This recipe is for a cake not cupcakes and is very moist so it I can see how it would stick the liners. If I was going to make cupcakes from this recipe I would just spray the cupcake pan and maybe even reduce some of the liquids.

  141. christine says:

    hi, i have a question though, if i don’t drain the juice does it make the cake heavy are super moist or soggy? but yours looks amazing and delicious! looking forward on your response thanks for the recipe too.(:

  142. Wonder how this will come out when the baker (who shall remain nameless) gets in too big a hurry and dumps 1 CAN of pineapple into the batter instead of 1 cup. Carrot cake soup? I am notorious for rushing and trying to do too many things at once so I goof up a lot of recipes. Thought someone might get a chuckle out of this so I decided to share. One of these days I’ll learn to slow down… Maybe

  143. This cake is AMAZING! I made it a couple months and everyone loved it so much that it was requested for thanksgiving so I’m making it again. No changes needed to this great cake.

  144. Hi Trish i made this recipe and the taste was fab..!
    My only question is i baked in a heart shape pan..
    And the centre portion was sunk..
    I used a 8″ pan..
    Any idea what could go wrong..?

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