Friday, July 22, 2011

Carrot Cake Recipe

Last weekend was my husband's birthday.  While we don't have birthday parties for the adults, we do try to make birthdays special by getting a nice cake and going out for dinner.  My husband's favorite cake is carrot cake, which I prefer to bake from scratch.  For years I had a cake that we liked but was very dense and difficult to cook perfectly. 

A friend of mine at work has major stomach problems.  Trying to find a solution, she found a program called Great Taste No Pain that spoke to certain food combinations to ease the stomach pains.  The program contains a cookbook with awesome recipes as well as a book that talks about the science behind the program and what changes you can make to your diet to alleviate pain without taking medication.

As I looked through the cookbook I found a recipe for Carrot Cake that I decided to try.  The cake turned out delicious and we've been using this carrot cake ever since.  Here's the recipe as well as some pictures of the cake I decorated :)

World's Best Carrot Cake
1 1/2 cups canola oil
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 cups unbleached flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 - 7oz bag of shredded coconut
1 - 8oz can crushed pineapple packed in juice, undrained
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups shredded carrots
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350, grease and flour a 13x9x2 baking pan

Mix oil and sugar in large bowl.  Add eggs, beating well.  In a separate bowl, sift flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt.  Add to beaten mixture.  Fold in remaining ingredients.  Pour into prepared pan and bake for 45 - 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cream Cheese Frosting
4 tablespoons butter
8 oz cream cheese, softened
2 teaspoons vannila
1 - 1lb box confectioner's sugar

Beat all ingredients until smoth  Spread over cooled carrot cake.

I choose to use round bake pains when I bake cakes instead of the 13 x 9.  My favorite cake pans are three thinner ones that I got from Granny when she moved into a nursing home.  I especially like using them when I do my husband's cake because I feel like it adds a little bit of love from his grandma who is no longer with us.

I found these Spider Man decorations at the grocery store and I decided I would use those to decorate the cake.  I did the flowers using the Pampered Chef cake decorating tools.

Note:  The link above is my affiliate link.  If you go to the website you can download for free a 17 page informational document regarding the program

Does your family like carrot cake?

You might also like:
Water Park Cake
Strawberry Short Cake


  1. I love carrot cake and this recipe sound yummy. Thanks for sharing and I can't wait to read more about this program.

  2. Carrot Cake has got to be one of the best cakes ever!!!

  3. It's one of our favorite cakes. You'll really want to try this one out, it's delicious!

  4. Ooh I love carrot cake with cream cheese icining

  5. I'm so honored that you chose to join the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. Thank you for adding this special masterpiece to rock my party :)

  6. Thank you for letting me know about your party! It was an honor to join :)

  7. I loooove carrot cake! This looks delicious! Thank you for linking up this week. I hope to see you again next Saturday!


  8. We looooooooove carrot cake, and this one looks gorgeous!

    1. Let me tell you, I have tried A LOT of different recipes and this is absolutely the best one I've ever made. You'll have to let me know if you make it how you like it.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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