The Most Incredible Carrot Cake

With a cake this delicious, it's no surprise Nicole Miller took home first place with this blue ribbon winning cake at the NC State Fair in 2010!


Prep Time: 40 Mins

Cook Time: 40 Mins

Makes: 12



2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1  1/4 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 cups sugar

1  1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 1/4 cups vegetable oil

4 eggs, at room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups finely shredded carrots

1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, well-drained

3/4 cup flaked sweetened coconut


Ice Cake Layers with Decadent Carrot Cake Icing:

2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

1 cup butter, softened

6 cups confectioners’ sugar

3 cups flaked, sweetened coconut



Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour three 8-inch round cake pans or two 9-inch round cake pans. Set aside.

  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, sugar, and cinnamon. Stir well. Add vegetable oil and eggs. Blend well with an electric mixer at medium speed. Stir in vanilla, shredded carrots, pineapple, and coconut.
  2. Ladle batter into prepared pans, dividing equally. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the center of layers comes out clean. Let cake layers cool for 10 minutes in pans. Invert onto cooling racks and let cool completely.
Ice cake layers with Decadent Carrot Cake Icing:
  1. In a large bowl, cream together cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer at medium speed. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar, beating until smooth. Stir in coconut.

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