Carrot cake to kill for.

On my anniversary dinner post earlier this week, I promised I would share the recipe for carrot cake. I hope you appreciate this gem–it is honestly the best recipe in my collection!

Carrot cake made with my Aunt Steph for my birthday a few years back--love the marzipan carrots! They are so fun to make with kids or cousins.

Aunt Gladys Ulvestad’s Carrot Cake by way of Natasha’s Aunt Amy

Cooking time: 45 min. Preheat oven to: 350 degrees Serves: 20


  • 1.5 cup oil, canola
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 7 oz. shredded coconut
  • 8 or 9 oz. crushed pineapple in can, with juice (if you can’t find this you can use sliced pineapple and dice it up, saving the juice)
  • 2 cups shredded carrots (I simply peel it down with my vegetable peeler and then give the slices a quick chop)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tsp. vanilla

The Mr.'s birthday cake two years ago.

Instructions: In large mixing bowl – mix oil, sugar, and eggs and beat well with mixer. Sift flour, cinnamon, soda and salt. Add to oil and egg mixture mixing with spoon. Fold in remaining ingredients.

Carrot cake I made for my mom's birthday a few years ago.

Pan: This recipe fits well is a 13 x 10″ pan. You can also do two 8 or 9″ rounds, but to be honest, given all the veggies tucked into this cake and all of the crumbs it produces, it can be hard to do the double circular layer cake and have it look good. But sometimes one has to sacrifice looks for taste!

Bake: For 40 minutes or more, until a toothpick comes out clean.

Cream Cheese Frosting (Let’s be honest, isn’t this why we all love carrot cake? What better frosting is there I ask you?)


  • 8 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 8 oz. powdered sugar
  • 1/2 stick butter softened
  • A bit of vanilla

Instructions: Blend well.

Note: Both the cake and the frosting freeze well.

The carrot cake my Aunt Amy made for our wedding. I love the pansies! This is a cake that begs for creative decoration, whether it be marzipan carrots or teacup toppers!

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8 responses to “Carrot cake to kill for.

  1. I love cream cheese frosting, especially when accompanied by carrot cake. I can’t wait to try this recipe! I’m really enjoying all your updates!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I can’t wake to try it … I love carrot cake, especially with lots of delicious things in it!

  3. YUMYUMYUMYUM. I love that it has appeared (and been photographed) at so many points in your life. 🙂

  4. Thanks for the recipe, carrot cake is pretty awesome. I love all the pictures with the different spins on it. You can tell it was made with lots of love each time. 🙂

  5. This recipe is the absolute best. It is what made carrot cake become my favorite cake when the hk housewife made it for me at an undisclosed birthday 11 years ago! The world needs to know about this recipe.

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  8. How would the recipe go if I halved it, I wonder?

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