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Tropical Carrot Cake Recipe with Coconut Cream Cheese Icing

User Rating 4 Star Rating (6 Reviews)


You'll find all of the food groups in this cake.

The addition of pineapple is what makes this cake so special.

Photo © 2006 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.
I grew-up eating this cake. It's so sinful, and yet, filled with good things for you. I've had house guests request Tropical Carrot Cake for breakfast. I think this carrot cake recipe is by far the best you'll ever have.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes


  • The Cake Recipe:
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 1-1/3 cups vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs, slighly beaten
  • 1 cup chopped and toasted walnuts or pecans
  • 1 - 20 ounce can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • The Frosting Recipe:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 - 8 ounce cream cheese, softened
  • 1 - 16 ounce box powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped and toasted walnuts or pecans
  • 1 cup flaked coconut


The Cake Recipe:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two bread loaf pans. Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add carrots, oil and eggs. Beat well, until mixed. Add other ingredients and stir. Put into baking pans. Bake for 1 hour or until done. Completely cool cakes before frosting.

The Frosting:
Combine butter and cream cheese; cream until light and fluffy. Add sugar and vanilla, mixing well. Stir in pecans and coconut. Spread on each cake. Store cakes in the refrigerator.

Note: This cake freezes beautifully. Place on foil covered baking sheet. Freeze until hard. Remove from freezer and wrap in plastic wrap and then in foil. Return to freezer. Unwrap totally and then defrost cake.

User Reviews

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 5 out of 5
Not Normal Boring Carrot Cake, Member lorilu8

It's really heavy - but - packed full of good things to eat. Family couldn't get enough.

10 out of 10 people found this helpful.

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