World’s Best Carrot Cake

I felt like I needed to add more veggies to my diet so I made my favorite carrot cake! Ummm…Heck yeah! I’m happy to report that about three more slices of this baby and my eye sight should be back to normal!

I’m obsessed with this carrot cake recipe! It truly is the “World’s Best”! That is no exaggeration. This recipe ALWAYS receives rave reviews! (It makes me look good!) It’s the perfect balance of everything I love! Crushed pineapple, carrots, coconut, walnuts, and all the right spices, brought together with a delicious cream cheese frosting! This cake is bursting with flavor and ultra moist, but not overly sweet like some carrot cakes.

I didn’t do a lot of step-by-step photo’s this time because it’s such simple recipe and y’all are so smart and can do this! First you are going to place your wet ingredients into the mixer and blend. Next add your dry ingredients and mix. Then add your carrots, pineapple, coconuts and lastly the nuts and mix again. (Nuts are optional)

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When you have blended all the ingredients together this is what your batter should look like. You’ll want to grease and flour three 8 inch cake pans, or you can do two 8-9  inch cake pans too. I wanted a three layer cake with thinner layers because I love how this cake looks with three layers. It’s a personal choice and totally up to you!

Tip: I only had two cake pans so I baked two, and then did the third after the first one had slightly cooled and I could invert it onto my cake plate.

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Once you have baked your cakes  in a 350 degree oven for about 30-40 minutes, place on a cooling rack and allow them to completely cool in the pans! The reason for this… remember how I said this cake is “moist”…it’s really moist! I placed mine face down on a cooling rack the first time, and had to carefully lift mine with two spatula’s. (It’s a nightmare you don’t wanna live through! Trust me!) Place your cake pan up against your cake plate and invert. Using your favorite cream cheese recipe (I’ll include mine…I promise) Frost the tops of each cake layer.

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I love that this cake is only frosted between the layers. You could go around the outside if you really want to, but Mars and I are not huge frosting fans so this method of just frosting in between the layers and on top is perfect for us. I don’t do a ton of frosting either, just a nice medium layer. Again this is a personal choice. You can do whatever floats your boat! (Don’t take all your baking advice from me! lol  I’m the lady eating cake to get her vegetable count in!) (wink, wink)

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Here is the final result. I didn’t go all fancy with piping frosting around the edges or adding any garnish. I really believe sometimes more is just that…more! Not necessarily better. This cake so beautiful on it’s own! It doesn’t need all that “Froufrou”! (I hate my kitchen table and am re-doing it soon!!! Just in case you were wondering.)

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I do think it deserves a moment of silence…. tick- tock…tick-tock….

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Okay… enough of that! Let’s get to the good part…the eatin’! Ooooh…so super moist and so yummy! Makes eatin’ your veggies a divine pleasure! One bite and you can feel yourself start to elevate to new heights! (I said “heights” not “weight”! This cake has fruit and veggies it cancels out all calories!… Your Welcome! lol)

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I made this for dessert the other night and my kids… who both told me they don’t usually like carrot cake…loved it! Mars who has always “Passed” on my carrot cake asked for a slice and then proceeded to “ewww and ahhhh” and ask me why he’s never tried it before? (Mmmmm…That’s a question only the other martians can answer! Us Venusians eat any carb covered in frosting!)

Now who wants the printable recipe for this World’s Best Carrot Cake? You do want it right? Alright… it’s right below for you to print out. I’d REALLY love to hear your feedback on this recipe! I want to know if you become as obsessed as I am with this version of the traditional carrot cake.  Have a GREAT day! Happy Veggie Eatin’!

This is the perfect dessert recipe for Easter so I’m going to share it on Meal Plan Monday this week! You can find it and other amazing recipes by clicking right HERE!

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World’s Best Carrot Cake
World’s Best Carrot Cake
Norine Rogers

This recipe makes a fabulous and moist carrot cake. Five stars all the way! I always get rave reviews whenever I serve this cake! It makes amazing cupcakes too!


  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple with juice
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two or three 8 inch pans, depending on if you are doing a two layer or three layer cake.
  2. In your mixer bowl, combine eggs, buttermilk, oil, sugar and vanilla. mix well.
  3. Add in your flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Mix till well blended.
  4. Next add your carrots, coconut, crushed pineapple with juice and chopped walnuts. Mix till just blended.
  5. Pour into prepared 8 inch cake rounds, bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Check to see if done. If finger lightly pressed in center bounces back it is done.
  6. Allow to cool in cake pans. Invert onto cake plate and frost each layer.
    Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  2. 8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
  3. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  4. 1 lb. powdered sugar
  5. Beat the butter and cream cheese until nice and fluffy. Add in the vanilla and sifted powdered sugar and beat until nice and smooth. Test the consistency of the frosting. Too thin? Add powdered sugar 2 Tablespoons at a time. Too thick? Add a teaspoon of milk at a time.

Prep Time: 20 minutes - Cook Time: 40 minutes ; Yield: 12-16 servings
Serving Size: 1 slice
http://www.norinesnest.com/worlds-best-carrot-cake/

*Recipe adapted from Allrecipes.com

175 COMMENTS

  1. Orpha Solis | 9th Nov 16

    Thank you for this recipe, over twenty years ago my sister gave me this recipe. I would bake this cake for all special occasions, and always got raves. The years went by and I moved a couple of times, rventually I misplaced the recipe. I have looked for this very recipe on the net for years, never finding the exact recipe, until now, thanks to you! Now I will treasure this recipe and safeguard it. I extend my graditude to you, once again, thank you.
    Sincerely, Orpha Solis

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 9th Nov 16

      Orpha, You are so very welcome! Thank YOU for sharing your story with me! I absolutely LOVE to hear that I have been able to help someone in some small way. I am SO happy you found this recipe! It is my very favorite carrot cake recipe. For those who have not tried it they just don’t understand the depth of flavors in this recipe. It truly is the BEST Carrot cake recipe on the planet! I hope you and your enjoy it for years to come! Please visit me again soon! ~ Norine

  2. Noreen | 26th Nov 16

    This recipe sounds so delicious!! I cannot wait to try it. I have an office Christmas party coming up and I plan on taking this cake. BTW… I LOVE your name 😉

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 26th Nov 16

      Hi Noreen! I love your name too! 😉 lol I know everyone will love this cake at your office party! Thanks for sharing and stopping by! You brought a smile to my face! 🙂 Let me know how it goes!

  3. jean wallace | 5th Dec 16

    Norine-how many cups is one pound of icing sugar

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 5th Dec 16

      Hi Jean! There is about 3.63 cups of powder sugar in a 16 oz. bag. Sorry for any confusion! Hope this helps! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Sheri | 21st Dec 16

    Hi! Do use unsweetened coconut flakes? Thanks!

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 21st Dec 16

      Hi Sheri! I use sweetened coconut flakes. I’m sure either would work well. I just usually have sweetened on hand. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the cake! It’s truly my very favorite carrot cake ever!!! 😉

  5. Sarah | 25th Dec 16

    OMG my husband’s favorite and I have a competitive dessert contest in February. Hope this wins, thanks!

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 27th Dec 16

      Hi Sarah! I hope it WINS too! Please keep me posted! I think your husband will absolutely LOVE this recipe! I can’t even tell you all the rave reviews this recipes receives every single time I make it! Good Luck! I’ll be rooting for ya! 😉

  6. Sheri | 25th Dec 16

    I made this for Christmas. It really was a moist and delicious carrot cake. Rave reviews from everyone who has a piece. Loved it! Thanks for sharing!

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 27th Dec 16

      Sheri you are SO welcome! Thank you for sharing! I love hearing from friends who have made this recipe and have loved it! It’s one of those recipes that is so hard to put into words just how delicious it is! By far my all time favorite Carrot Cake! Have a Wonderful New Years! Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Nan | 12th Feb 17

    This carrot cake is amazing! Moist, delicious, makes you want to eat a slice…or two! The frosting is also spot on!

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 13th Feb 17

      Thanks! I love a slice…or two too! 😉 lol I’m so glad you enjoyed this cake. It is one of my all time favorite cake recipes. I just love every delicious morsel every time I make it! Thanks for your awesome feedback! I love hearing from friends that enjoyed a recipe. Have a FANTASTIC day!

  8. Lizzir | 13th Feb 17

    This cake is amazing. Everyone I gave it to (in York, UK) loved it. I added orange zest to the icing and sultanas to the cake, and substituted buttermilk for regular milk. I’ve been asked for the recipe by three people; that’s good going!! Thank you 🙂

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 13th Feb 17

      WOW! Thank You Lizzie! (Love your name!) You are so welcome! I absolutely LOVE the idea of adding orange zest to the frosting. What a fabulous idea!!! I’m going to try that next time I make this cake…which may be sooner than I had planned! lol Sure appreciate your input and suggestions. So glad you like the cake and that your friends in York did too! Have a Wonderful Day! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  9. Renee | 21st Feb 17

    I think I am going to make this and reduce sugar. Do you think I could reduce it by half??

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 21st Feb 17

      Hi Renee! I’m going to be totally honest and tell you that I have never reduced the sugar by that much. I’m not sure how it will taste or turn out? My first instinct is to say I THINK it will be okay?! You have the sweetness of the pineapple, carrots, etc. However, never having prepared it the way you are suggesting…just not 100% sure. I think I would substitute maybe 1/4 cup of applesauce in addition to the 1/2 amount of sugar. I’ve never found the cake overly sweet by itself but I understand the desire to want to reduce the amount of sugar. I hope this helps in some small way and I’m really anxious to hear how it turns out so PLEASE let me know what you decide to do and how it works! Thanks for your question and stopping by my Nest! 🙂

  10. Renee | 24th Feb 17

    Hi Norine,

    Okay, so I made a few changes but the cake came out phenomenal!! I just used 1 cup of sugar…..plenty of sweetness, slightly toasted my coconut…..it has a stronger flavor. Lastly, I used coconut oil instead of vegetable oil. Thanks so much for recipe:). My mom loved it!!!!!

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 24th Feb 17

      Renee that is AWESOME! I hadn’t even thought to toast the coconut. Great idea! I’m doing that the next time I make the cake and I am going to cut the sugar back and see if I even notice a difference. I’m so glad your Mom loved the cake and that it turned out so good! You are so welcome. Thank you SO much for sharing your changes with us. Excited to try them. Have a Fantastic weekend! 🙂

  11. Renee | 24th Feb 17

    Hi Norine,

    Okay, so I made a few changes but the cake came out phenomenal!! I just used 1 cup of sugar…..plenty of sweetness, slightly toasted my coconut…..it has a stronger flavor. Lastly, I used coconut oil instead of vegetable oil. Thanks so much for recipe:). My mom loved it!!!!!

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 24th Feb 17

      Renee that is AWESOME! I hadn’t even thought to toast the coconut. Great idea! I’m doing that the next time I make the cake and I am going to cut the sugar back and see if I even notice a difference. I’m so glad your Mom loved the cake and that it turned out so good! You are so welcome. Thank you SO much for sharing your changes with us. Excited to try them. Have a Fantastic weekend! 🙂

  12. Lori Hunter | 27th Feb 17

    This recipe was wonderful-and I was always afraid since I’d never made a carrot cake before! Great instructions, perfect ingredient listing, it came out beautifully and was almost entirely devoured after our weekly family dinner. Will be my go-to carrot cake recipe.
    Btw, I used a vanilla bean paste in the cream cheese frosting and….I daresay I’ve never actally had a vanilla bean cream cheese buttercream before today! Kudos!

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 27th Feb 17

      Hi Lori! Thank you SO much for all your sweet compliments and kind words! I’m so happy your carrot cake was a hit. Hooray for conquering your fears!!! I know exactly how you feel though. I have certain recipes I’d love to try, but just the thought makes me break out into anxiety! 😉 Look at you go! I love Vanilla bean paste. It’s so overlooked and sooooo good! Thanks for stopping by my “Nest”. I’m so happy I was able to help you find a carrot cake recipe the whole family loved! Have a GREAT week!

  13. Nothile | 28th Mar 17

    Wooow loved it , i made it for my hubby and we couldn’t stay away from it,made it for my colleagues and the ladies in church they too loved it, thank you thank you 😍😍

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 28th Mar 17

      Hi Nothile! You are SO welcome! I just love hearing from friends who have made a recipe and absolutely love it! THANK YOU!!! You made my day 🙂 I’ve been itching to make this…but, I’m really afraid I will eat it ALL! It truly is so moist and yummy. You have really lucky church ladies and colleagues if you made this cake for them. I’m jealous! 😉 Thanks so much for sharing with me. Have a GREAT day!

  14. Linda | 28th Mar 17

    My family really doesn’t like coconut. Do you think I could just leave it out or is there something I could substitute for it?

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 28th Mar 17

      Hi Linda! I understand about the coconut. I keep saying that “coconut” is a love/hate thing. You either love it or ya hate it. No middle ground where it is concerned. 😉 I have never made it without the coconut. I think you could leave it out and it would be just fine. My concern is that the semi-dried coconut probably soaks in some of the liquids from the pineapple and carrots. One article I read on-line suggested adding more “nuts” as a substitution for the coconut. 🙂 If it were me I think I’d add a 1/4 cup more nuts and maybe 1/4 cup more flour. Otherwise you should be fine. This is a pretty forgiving recipe. Thanks for stopping by! Let me know how it turns out 🙂

  15. Bobbie | 7th Apr 17

    Your “print” version is ridiculous! An entire page for a picture of your cake? The amount of ink I used for that was absurd! Be considerate!

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 7th Apr 17

      Hi Bobbie! I had no idea it was taking an entire page to print the photo. I was in no way trying to be inconsiderate. I sincerely apologize. I do appreciate your kindness in pointing out the issue. I will certainly work on fixing the issue. Have a FANTASTIC day! Thanks for stopping by and sharing.

  16. Karen | 13th Apr 17

    Good morning, I will be making this for Easter this coming Sunday, and will be using two 8″ pans. Approximately 40 minutes baking? I know oven temps vary. Also, will be adding raisins too, to the batter!

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 13th Apr 17

      Hi Karen! Yes approximately 40-50 minutes. It could lean more towards 50 with two 8 inch rather than 3 layers. I’ve done double layers many times. I will caution to watch how full you fill the pans. Nothing worse than cleaning up burnt cake droppings! (I’ve done it once..or twice…ugh!) I honestly think the golden raisins will be AMAZING in this recipe. I just have non-raisin loving birds at this nest! 😉 Have a WONDERFUL Easter! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  17. Michele | 13th Apr 17

    Hi..this looks and sounds really good.. but I have a question that I need an answer to as soon as possible please. Anyone can answer it.

    Do I have to use nuts? Will it change anything at all in the cake? Rising,baking,anything.

    Thanks

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 13th Apr 17

      Hi Michele. No it will not change one thing! You can make it without Nuts and it will turn out fantastic! 😉 Thanks for stopping by and this is our number one recipe here at Norine’s Nest so I’m sure you’ll love it! Have a Happy Easter and a Great day! ~ Norine

  18. Thalia | 14th Apr 17

    Probably a dumb question but I’m not a baker lol! How much do I fill each pan with the batter? Thank you and this looks delicious!! Can’t wait to make it tomorrow for Easter Sunday dinner.

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 14th Apr 17

      Hi Thalia! Not a dumb question at all! First time I made a carrot cake…not this recipe…I didn’t ask that question and I was cleaning the WORST mess EVER out of the bottom of my oven! So if you ask me..SMART question! lol 😉 You want to fill the cake pans 2/3 full! You may have more batter than will fit into two pans. If so make a few cupcakes! 😉 I know everyone is going to rave about your “carrot cake”! Have a wonderful EASTER! Thanks so much for stopping by and for sharing My Nest with me! ~ Norine

  19. Karen | 14th Apr 17

    Hi Norine, one last question! Cake flour. Doable with this recipe? If so, any alteration to the recipe if using it?

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 14th Apr 17

      Hi Karen! Ask as many questions as you want! I LOVE visiting with my Nest Friends! 😉 Cake flour is going to require a little adjustment. The difference between “flours” is the protein vs. carbohydrate content. Cake flour has less protein in it than All-purpose flour so they do not weigh the same. Example…One cup of AP flour weighs 4.5 oz and a cup of Cake flour weighs 4.0 oz. So a good rule of thumb, that I have read, is to add 2 Tablespoons of Cake Flour to every cup of all-purpose flour. To be really accurate you should weigh it out…but I’ll be honest…I wouldn’t go to all that trouble. lol I’ve never made this cake using “cake flour” so I can not vouch for how it will turn out. Also if you do use cake flour be sure to “sift” all your other dry ingredients so they don’t “clump” when making your batter. Hope this helps you out! Have a GREAT Easter! Can’t wait to hear how you love the cake! Thanks for stopping by my Nest! ~ Norine

  20. Lorraine | 15th Apr 17

    Norine,
    I’m going to make this recipe today-it looks awesome. I’m thinking of making cupcakes so that my Easter quests could easily take leftovers home. How long should I bake the cupcakes?

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 15th Apr 17

      Hi Lorraine! Love the idea of guests being able to take their dessert with them! This makes amazing cupcakes. Bake time is around 20-25 minutes at 350°. I’d check them at 18-20 minutes because of the variable in oven temps. Have a FANTASTIC Easter and Thanks for stopping by my Nest! ~ Norine

  21. Karen | 15th Apr 17

    Hi Norine, I am back! Had to let you know the cakes are cooling on the counter. Look beautiful! Just want to let you know I use parchment paper on the bottoms of the pans; sprayed Pam on the bottom, added the paper, then spray the entire pan again with the Pam. The cakes came right out!!!

    FYI, I had mentioned earlier that I was going to add raisins…I forgot!!! I didn’t have them laid out with the rest of my ingredients. 🙁 Next time, though! Happy Easter!

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 15th Apr 17

      Hi Karen!
      I am so excited how great your cakes are turning out. I love lining the bottom of the pans with parchment paper. In the “good ol’days” I used newspaper. (The ink can’t kill ya right? lol) Great tip and I need to remember to pass it on to our other Nesting friends for the future. I’m so sad you forgot the raisins. I was kind of waiting to hear how they would taste in the cake…next time! 😉 There’s always a good excuse to bake another cake! 😉 Have a VERY Happy Easter with all those you love! ~ Norine 😉

  22. Carol | 15th Apr 17

    Hi Norene,
    Just love your carrot cake but wanted to put in a 9X13. Is that possible and how long would I bake it.
    Thank you!

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 15th Apr 17

      Hi Carol!
      Yes it is totally possible to bake the cake in a 9 x 13 pan. I’m thinking around 40-45 minutes for a 9 x 13. Check it at 40 minutes. 😉 If you gently press in the center and it springs back you are good to go! If not give it a few more minutes and check again. Thanks for stopping by! Have a Wonderful Easter with those you love! ~Norine

  23. Viviana Esquivel Ruiz | 15th Apr 17

    Buenos días sra. Norine soy de Aguascalientes, Ags., México, tengo una duda sobre la receta: ¿cuál es el suero o dónde lo consigo? Ya que la receta dice que necesito 3/4 de taza. Muchas gracias por su atención.

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 15th Apr 17

      Hola Viviana!
      ¡Bien, vamos a rezar para que Google Translator funcione para nosotros! Hay dos cosas enumeradas en los ingredientes que son para 3/4 de taza. Uno es aceite vegetal … aceite de cocina. Como usas para freír cosas. La otra es para el suero de leche. ¿Crees que estás preguntando por el “suero de leche”? El suero de mantequilla es un tipo más grueso de productos lácteos como la leche de vaca. Si no tiene suero de leche, puede sustituir 3/4 de taza de leche normal y agregar 1 cucharada de jugo de limón o vinagre y dejarlo reposar durante 5 minutos. Espero que esto ayude. ¡Tenga una Pascua muy feliz! Norine

  24. Bernice Whiteman | 17th Apr 17

    I made this cake for Easter and it was perfection plus, thanks for sharing. I made two, 9 inch pans and the amount of batter was just right and then decorated it – very delicious.

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 17th Apr 17

      Hi Bernice!
      I’m SO happy to hear that the cake turned out perfectly and that you enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing! You made my day 🙂 Thanks for visiting my Nest ~ Norine

  25. Susan | 28th Apr 17

    I love trying different recipes and I’m definitely trying this one. As I was reading the comments someone mentioned wanting to add raisins to this recipe. It just so happens that years ago I tried a cake recipe that included raisins and also crushed pineapple. I used a small amount of the pineapple juice to soak the raisins in before adding to the batter. The juice made the raisins plump right up and added to their flavor. Thank you for sharing all your wonderful recipes.

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 28th Apr 17

      Hi Susan!
      Oh my goodness I’m sitting here marveling in your genius of soaking the raisins in pineapple juice! I can imagine how delicious that was. Truly inspiring. THANK YOU for sharing that tip! I love it! 🙂 I have got to try that…and soon. 😉 Thank you so much for sharing and for stopping by my Nest and visiting with me. I just love making new friends who love to cook as much as I do. I hope you have a fantastic weekend! ~ Norine

  26. Annie | 4th May 17

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! My friend makes a fabulously delicious carrot cake but her recipe is top secret and she won’t share it with anyone. Hers is scrumptiously moist and looks very similar to your pictures ~ your recipe is the first I’ve seen to use buttermilk so maybe this is her secret?! Thank you for sharing, maybe, with your help, I will have finally cracked the code!! Seriously, for YEARS I have been searching carrot cake recipes in a vain attempt to copy her cake (my Pinterest desserts board is littered with numerous different carrot cake recipes, none quite right). This one finally seems to have all the components I’m looking for, moist-ness, pineapple, coconut, walnuts… and of course carrots!😊

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 5th May 17

      Hi Annie!
      If your friend has a better carrot cake recipe than this one…I want it too! I’m secretly cheering you on that this is the recipe that breaks the “code”! Let me know…I’ll be dying to hear if I’ve come close! Buttermilk is always a plus in cake making…takes the moistness factor up by a good 10 points! 😉 Thanks for sharing with me. I love visiting with “foodie” friends. Have a Great weekend and remember to keep me posted!
      ~ Norine

  27. Annie | 5th May 17

    THIS IS IT!!!! THIS IS IT!!!! THIS IS THE RECIPE!!!! I have been so giddy all day to have finally found the one!!! I’ve been wanting my friend’s recipe for 20+ years! This definitely IS the world’s best carrot cake. Moist, delicious, and all of the extra ingredients that make carrot cake so yummy! So ridiculously excited about this!!! THANK YOU!!!😊😊😊

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 6th May 17

      Oh Annie!
      You MADE my day! I’m SO excited and happy for you. I can’t even express how wonderful it is for me to know that I helped someone find something they were looking for. 🙂 Now you just need to invite your friend over for a piece of “YOUR” World’s Best Carrot cake! (giggle) 😉 Have an absolutely wonderful weekend sweet lady! I think we should call ourselves the carrot cake code breakers! 😉
      ~Norine

  28. Melanie | 9th May 17

    Just wondering about baking time if i make cupcakes. Also about how many cupcakes does one batch make?

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 9th May 17

      Hi Melanie!
      I’m going to be honest…I usually make these as cupcakes. I figure I’ll “eat less”… Until I’m on my 5th, then I realize I should have just gone with the cake. 😉 It will make about 36 cupcakes. Only fill your liners 2/3 full. Bake time is about 20-25 minutes. I always tell followers to check at about 18 minutes because everyone’s oven cooks at a different temp. My oven runs about 25 degrees hotter than the gauge…I’m living for the day “Wolf” calls me up and wants to give me a free one. 😉 You’ll love this recipe for cupcakes. So moist and delicious! Thanks for stopping by my Nest! Have a GREAT day!
      ~Norine

  29. Mary Allen | 9th May 17

    I make carrot cake quite often but haven’t tried this recipe. Just a tip for layer cakes of all kinds
    Use same size pans
    Weigh them
    Add the batter to each one so they have the same weight it turns out perfect

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 10th May 17

      Hi Mary!
      Thank you for sharing that GREAT tip! Thank you for visiting my Nest too! Have a Great Week!
      ~Norine

  30. Valerie Dore | 20th May 17

    LOVE this recipe!!! Would it work baking it in a bundt pan? Thanks, God Bless!!

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 21st May 17

      Hi Valerie!
      I think it would work great in a bundt pan. You will probably have to increase your baking time a bit…but not too much. Just keep an eye on it. This is truly my very favorite Carrot Cake recipe. I won’t even use another one. This one is so moist and flavorful. You just can’t go wrong with it. Thanks so much for stopping by my Nest and God Bless you too! Have a Wonderful Day!
      ~Norine

  31. Robin purdy | 28th May 17

    How about using g a Bundt pan? If yes. How long.

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 30th May 17

      Hi Robin!
      Sorry for the delay in response. I’ve been out sick! Yes, you can make this recipe in a bundt pan. Just watch your cook time. Enjoy!
      Thank you for visiting my nest. Have a GREAT day! ~ Norine

  32. Rebecca | 2nd Jun 17

    I’m excited to try this recipe. I love carrot cake but had never made one till the other day. I found a recipe on pinterest that boasted about being a great southern carrot cake. It came out dry and severely lacking flavor… sorely disappointed. Your recipe sounds like it has all the great ingredients for a fantastic cake and with all these awesome reviews, it must be pretty amazing!

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 4th Jun 17

      Hi Rebecca!
      This recipe will not disappoint! It’s packed with flavor and super moist! If you follow the recipe you will fall in love! Thanks so much for sharing and for stopping by my Nest! Have a Fantastic day and I’d love to hear a review when you try this. ~Norine

  33. Bernie | 8th Jun 17

    Hi Norine!
    This cake looks so delish and I must try the recipe, however, I am not fond of coconut, can I substitute another item for the coconut or leave it out completely without ruining the recipe?

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 8th Jun 17

      Hi Bernie!
      You can leave the coconut out. I wouldn’t replace it with something else. It won’t ruin the recipe, but I might add a little more flour to absorb some of the liquids because the coconut does that. So maybe add like 1/8 of a cup more flour to be safe. Yes to crushed pineapple and I do not roast the walnuts. Let me know how it turns out. It truly is a wonderful carrot cake. Thanks for stopping by my Nest. Have a Great day and have fun making this yummy cake.
      ~Norine

  34. Bernie | 8th Jun 17

    Norine,
    I forgot to ask… did you use crushed pineapple for this recipe? Also, did you roast the walnuts before adding to the mixture? Thanks.

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 8th Jun 17

      I hope you saw the answer to these questions in my other response. Thanks again for stopping by. 😉
      Norine

  35. LADY A | 19th Jun 17

    hi Norine!! the reviews were so good, this is my husbands favorite dessert , and could you pls advice how many minutes to bake if i cut the recipe in half and make it a roll cake, im afraid to do eyeball coz ive made a mistake making some upsidedown before. thank you , Norine .

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 20th Jun 17

      Hi!
      I’m going to be honest…I’ve never made this recipe into a cake roll so I can’t really give you specific baking instructions. I’m a little concerned how this would work in a cake roll…it’s a very moist cake. I know when making cupcakes the bake time is about 20-25 minutes. Most cake roll recipes call for the cake to bake for 10-15 minutes because of the depth of the cake. All I can suggest if you do decide to make a cake roll with this recipe is to watch it carefully as it bakes and check after the first 10 minutes of bake time. If when you touch the center and it springs back then it’s done. If not continue baking a little longer and retest.
      Thanks for stopping by my Nest. It’s a great cake. One of my very favorites! Have a great day and I hope I helped a little.
      ~Norine

  36. BeaBae | 26th Jul 17

    Newbie baker here, so please forgive me if this is question has an obvious answer– does butter mean unsalted or salted butter in this recipe? I’m really excited to make it for my mother’s birthday but I want to get it right!

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 3rd Aug 17

      Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you! I was traveling and my system didn’t forward comments to me like it was supposed to! YIKES!!! That is a GREAT question. Generally in baking you use unsalted butter. I’ll be totally honest and tell you that oft times I use regular salted butter and cut the amount of salt required in a recipe just because that is what I have on hand. Hope I’m not too late in answering. So sorry. Keep up the baking and Happy Nesting!
      ~Norine

  37. ym | 4th Aug 17

    Hello I made this cake as it says the recipe but duplicate the amounts and I did it in single mold I do not know if I made it out taaannn mal.la carrot nuts, pineapple and coconut were up on the cake and down I was so humid q looked Budin, I was very wrong with this cake. What could have happened ?? this cake can be baked in single mold ?? I was very enlightened by the comments

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 4th Aug 17

      Hi! I’m having a hard time understanding your comments. I’m sorry. If you doubled the amounts and did it in a single molded pan, like a bundt cake pan, that would be too much batter for a single pan. I’m not understanding what you are trying to say about the carrot, nuts, pineapple, and coconut being up and down? In order for this cake to turn out exactly as it should you need to have all the ingredients exactly as stated in the original recipe. I have had others ask if they could omit certain items like the coconut. I can never 100% vouch for how the recipe will turn out when ingredients are omitted. I have had others make this cake in a single mold. I’ve made this recipe into cupcakes and never had an issue. If you are at a higher altitude that could have affected the outcome. I’m so sorry this didn’t turn out for you. It truly is a wonderful and delicious recipe. With a single mold cake pan you may need to increase your bake time as it is a thicker cake. Hope some of this helped. Thank you for sharing.
      ~Norine

  38. Donna C | 15th Aug 17

    Omg this is the best carrot cake I have ever eaten! I made it the other night and I swear my hubby’s eyes rolled back in his head! I will never buy another boxed carrot cake mix again. This will definitely be my go to recipe. Thank you so much.

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 16th Aug 17

      Hi Donna!
      Thank you so much! It is the best I’ve ever had and I’ve been craving it like crazy!!! I think I need to make it this weekend. I love your comment about your husband! I laughed right out loud! 😉 Thanks for sharing with me. You made my day!!! Happy Nesting!
      ~Norine

  39. Elaine Taylor | 2nd Sep 17

    Hi Norine, I’ve never made carrot cake before, in fact, I cook a lot but don’t bake at all haha. I am spurred on by all the comments of success and how delicious it is so I am making it on Monday. I had to research a few things like a pound and powdered sugar because I’m in Australia but I’ve now got it sorted and am really keen to try it. Will let you know how it fares. ET 🙂

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 2nd Sep 17

      Hi Elaine!
      I’m so sorry for the confusion on measurements. I’m glad you got it all worked out. You are going to LOVE this Carrot Cake and I have complete faith that you will be an amazing baker! I can’t wait to hear how it turns out and how everyone at your “Nest” likes it! Thanks so much for sharing and don’t forget to let me know how it goes!
      Happy Baking!
      Norine

  40. Nanthi | 4th Sep 17

    Hi Norine, I just searched for a best carrot cake and found yours. I’ve never made carrot cake till now and going to try your receipe. The reviews are so great and I felt it must be really good.😊

    Small clarification- I don’t have pineapple in hand right now. Can I omit this? And can I use desiccated coconut instead of fresh coconut?

    Will come back with an update after baking. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe.

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 5th Sep 17

      Hi Nanthi!
      I’m so happy you found this recipe! It truly is the BEST carrot cake I have EVER had in my life. (I’ve tried a lot.) I’m going to be honest with you and tell you that you can omit the pineapple…BUT…it is what makes this carrot cake SO good and so moist! Yikes. I know that isn’t what you want to hear when you don’t have something on hand. 🙁 I’m not 100% sure what you mean by desiccated coconut? Do you mean the shredded coconut in a bag? If so you can use that. 🙂 That is what I use. 😉 Happy Baking! Eat a piece for me!

      Please let me know how this turns out! You’ll love it.
      Happy Nesting~
      Norine

  41. Nanthi | 6th Sep 17

    Hi Norine, I made it yesterday and it came out so well. I didn’t use pineapple and coconut. Cos I don’t like the coconut in the cake. The end result was super fantastic. It tastes so well the next day. As per your request an additional piece for me on your behalf. 😜.

    How can I upload the photo. Please give me your mail Id.

    Thanks a million. Happy baking !!!!

  42. Holly | 11th Sep 17

    I am making this again, this year, for myself for my birthday! I add a bit of orange zest and juice to flavor my frosting and batter, it adds a bit of brightness to the cake! I love that you also omit the raisins! Yuck!! LOL!

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 11th Sep 17

      Hi Holly!
      First things first! Happy Birthday to YOU! Hooray for you making your favorite for yourself. I love that! Second, I Love, Love, Love the addition of orange zest and juice to the frosting and batter! Third…Raisin in cake haters unite!!! lol Thank you so much for sharing with me! Hope you have a great Birthday!
      Happy Baking!
      ~Norine

  43. Robin Jordan | 11th Sep 17

    Making this today for my daughter’s thirtith Birthday, as carrot cake is her favorite. I have never baked a carrot cake before. This recipe sounds delicious. Tha k you for sharing it.

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 11th Sep 17

      Hi Robin! Happy Birthday to you daughter! This is a wonderful carrot cake and if it is her favorite she will L.O.V.E. this recipe! It is truly my very favorite! 😉 Thanks for sharing with me Robin. Have fun baking!
      ~Norine

  44. Stacie P | 25th Sep 17

    I was looking for a really great carrot cake recipe to make as it is my favorite of all cakes and found this one. The thing that first drew me to this cake over the others was the picture of it it looked like it had so much more color and looked really moist. That and the fact I loved your comment about getting my veggies while eating my cake. It speaks to who I am. In all honesty I have not yet made this as I just came upon it but really wanted to mention as I was reading the rave reviews it really ruffled my feathers when someone had the nerve to post the comment of you being inconsiderate because you posted a photo. That is the very thing that I appreciated because your cake is so beautiful. Sorry but that person is out of line and should really just have kept her rude comment to herself. Thank you for the wonderful recipe I will update when I make this I’m sure it’s going to be my favorite. Oh and I love your sense of humor.

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 25th Sep 17

      Hi Stacie!
      You just MADE my entire YEAR!!! I think we are “kindred spirits” in more than one way! 😉 I’m still smiling after reading your sweet comments. I’ll admit my feathers were a little ruffled when I read her comment. I may be sarcastic, but I try really hard to be considerate of everyone. I know you’ll love this carrot cake. It is one of my very favorite recipes. I love making new friends and I hope you’ll come back again and visit with me! Have a GREAT week!
      Happy Nesting!
      Norine

  45. Olga | 3rd Oct 17

    Hi!
    My dad made the best carrot cake but never shared his recipe with us. Why do people do that? Recipes shouldn’t die with people they should live on. Anyhow, this one looks like it’s probably what I remember his tasting like. So I was wondering about the cupcakes. Mini or regular sized – do you use liners or just prepare a pan? I’m worried about the liners pulling away clean. Thanks so much!

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 4th Oct 17

      Hi Olga!
      I couldn’t agree with more! Recipes shouldn’t die with us, especially when such warm tender memories are tied to them. To answer your questions..I do them regular size cupcakes and I do use liners. I’ve never had an issue with them pulling away from the wrappers…that I’ve noticed. 😉 This recipe makes wonderful cupcakes. Please let me know if this recipe you remember from your Dad. I’d love that! Thanks for visiting with me.
      Have a GREAT week!
      ~Norine

  46. Mai Esmaeil Zain | 10th Oct 17

    Hi Norine, your recepi sounds so good and i’m looking forward to try it but i have a question
    I don’t have crushed pinaples in my country can i have a eegular sliced pinaple compot and crushed it with a hand plender ? And why don’t you roast the walnuts ?
    I’m also thinking about adding some orange zest to the batter

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 10th Oct 17

      Hi Mai!

      Let’s see if I can answer your questions. Yes you can use a regular sliced pineapple and crush it with a hand blender. Be sure to save the juice. Maybe cut the amount back just a tad, like a 1/4 a cup. Fresh pineapple will have more liquids in it. You could roast the walnuts if you wanted. It would ad a depth of flavor. I’ve just never done it as it’s being added to a wet batter and baked into the cake. I have had other followers add the orange zest to the cream cheese frosting and tell me it is wonderful. I’m sure it would be good in the cake batter as well. 🙂 Thank you for visiting. Stop back by and let me know how you like the cake! Love making new friends…especially from other countries! Have a wonderful week!
      ~Norine

  47. Mai Esmaeil Zain | 10th Oct 17

    I’m sorry i didn’t mean fresh pineapple i was asking about the sliced canned one
    Is there any changes i should do in that case ?

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 11th Oct 17

      Hi Mia,
      Sorry I misunderstood. Yes you can use sliced canned pineapple. I would only use 1/2 the juice in the can. Don’t use all of it. There is more juice in a can of sliced pineapple than the crushed.

      Happy Nesting ~
      Norine

  48. Elizabeth | 12th Oct 17

    Hi Noreen,
    This recipe looks delicious! If I make cupcakes, how long do you recommend they cool on the racks? I see you want each CAKE to cool completely before removing from the pan. But is this the same as for cupcakes, or can I remove them from the pan when they come out of the oven – since they are in liners?

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 13th Oct 17

      Hi Elizabeth!
      Sorry it has taken me a little bit to get back to you. I was out sick yesterday. For the cupcakes allow them to cool about 10 minutes then remove them. This makes a really moist cake so if you take them out before they cool a little bit then they will squish in the cups. You don’t want squishy cupcakes! 😉 This recipe makes really GOOD cupcakes! You’ll love them.
      Happy Nesting~
      Norine

  49. Doreen | 18th Oct 17

    Hi can I substitute sour cream instead of butter milk because I haven’t gone to the store yet to buy milk so I was just wondering and if so how much sour cream should I use

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 18th Oct 17

      Hi Doreen,
      When I do not have buttermilk I substitute it by using 1 Tablespoon vinegar for each of cup of milk. Allow it to sit for 5 minutes and then use just like buttermilk. I know you can use sour cream but I don’t know the measurements. I’ve never put applesauce in this cake so I’m not sure how that would work. Again sorry it took me a bit to get back to you. I’m so sick with a cold right now.
      Happy Baking!
      ~Norine

  50. Doreen | 18th Oct 17

    Hi I was wondering if I could substitute sour cream and appple sauce for the milk! I want to make this and I already grated the carrots… so please help me I just haven’t gone to the store yet to pick up milk…. thank you so much

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 18th Oct 17

      Hi Doreen!
      Sorry I’ve been down with the flu. You can substitute Milk and Vinegar for the buttermilk. Hang on and I’ll find the ratio for you.
      ~Norine

  51. Minnie | 24th Oct 17

    Thank you for sharing recipe. I was searching for a carrot cake recipe, picked yours based on your cake picture, so glad I did. This is my absolute favorite cake. I had a recipe but lost it. Thank you again, I hope I can continue to see your recipes.

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 24th Oct 17

      Hi Minnie!
      I’m so glad you liked this carrot cake recipe. I’m flattered you liked the photo. Thank you. It’s my favorite cake too and I’ve been craving it like mad lately! I need to make it again. 😉 I hope you come back and visit with me again real soon. I love making new friends here at my Nest.
      Have a GREAT week ~ Norine

  52. Suzanne | 3rd Nov 17

    Have you ever tried, or would you advise against, using brown sugar instead of white sugar? I see a lot of carrot cake recipes that use brown sugar, and I’m wondering what that would do.

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 4th Nov 17

      Hi Suzanne,
      I have never tried brown sugar instead of white sugar with this cake. I wouldn’t recommend it because the processing on these two sugars is different and the brown sugar contains more “molasses” than the refined white sugar. I think the brown sugar would be too heavy and moist for this cake that is already really moist. If you do try it let me know. I’d be curious to see how it turns out. Sorry I couldn’t be more help.
      Happy Nesting!
      ~Norine

  53. Steph | 4th Nov 17

    I made this cake and followed the recipe to the T . It was DELISH !!!! My husband loved it,too !!! 🙂

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 4th Nov 17

      Hi Steph!
      I’m so happy to hear that you and your husband enjoyed this cake. It truly is my very favorite! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to share with me. I love making new friends and hearing from those who make my recipes! Have a GREAT weekend!
      Happy Nesting~
      Norine

  54. Tasha | 10th Nov 17

    The comment regarding the picture on the print page? Perhaps she should take her own advice to be considerate and simply thank someone for a wonderful recipe given to her? Just my thoughts. Sorry – that comment just left me bewildered and sad that someone would write that to the person kind enough to share this recipe with her! Thank you, Norine, for an awesome recipe and your absolutely beautiful cake picture! I love photos with recipes! 🙂

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 10th Nov 17

      Hi Tasha!
      Thank you for your sweet support! It truly means the world to me. I love sharing my passion for cooking yummy food with my friends. It brings me a lot of joy and happiness. What I love even more is making awesome friends like yourself you send me such wonderful supportive messages. Thank You! I hope you have a fantastic weekend and visit me often! 🙂
      Happy Nesting!
      Norine

  55. Debbie | 13th Nov 17

    How long would I bake if I made it in a rectangle glass pan. Making for thanksgiving and thought it would be easier to transport.

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 13th Nov 17

      Hi Debbie!

      Your bake time will be just a little bit longer. Check the cake at 40 minutes. It might need 5 more minutes, but shouldn’t need more than a total of 45 minutes. Hope this helps. This is going to make a GREAT Thanksgiving dessert. You’ll be the hit of the day! 😉 Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting with me. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.
      Happy Nesting ~
      Norine

  56. Debbie | 13th Nov 17

    Thanks Norine!!

  57. Silvia | 15th Nov 17

    Thinking of baking this for thanksgiving this year! (Think cake would be better to take than another side dish🤷🏽‍♀️). I LOVE carrot cake! I will probably bake them in glass rectangle pans too, like someone mentioned above. I’ll take one to my moms and the other to my in laws. Question… how would you suggest I store the cake? I have a little 7mo old baby girl and as much as I’d love to bake these the day of thanksgiving–I highly doubt that will happen… so I’m thinking of baking them the day before —maybe even two days before 🤣 Truly feel like I can’t get much done with having to attend to her 😅 Also, would you recommend I make the icing ahead of time too? Think I may have to do the icing the day of 🤔 Thanks for taking the time to share and respond to everyone’s questions!

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 15th Nov 17

      Hi Silvia!

      Oh those little babes are so wonderful! I think you are being very practical in your thinking. Here’s the good news! If this were me I’d make the cakes up the day before and frost them…or bake the cakes two days before, cover them really well so they don’t dry out. Frost them the day before, cover them with plastic wrap, and put them in the refrigerator. I stack two rectangular pans on top of each other by placing a cookie sheet or baking sheet, in-between the two. Does that make sense? The morning of Thanksgiving just take them out so they can warm up to room temperature and the frosting will be soft and not firm from the cold of the refrigerator. Truthfully you can even make these up and cover them and leave them out for a day or two. They will be fine. I’ve done it numerous times. Yep, even with cream cheese frosting, but if you’re worried about it…refrigerate them. The sooner you can get the frosting on the cakes the better because it will help keep them from drying out. This is a really moist cake. It truly is the BEST I’ve ever had. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and thanks for visiting with me. I’m always happy to help.
      Happy Nesting
      ~Norine

  58. Ellen | 16th Nov 17

    This recipe looks amazing f!! I am allergic to pineapple. What do you suggest as a substitute so it stays moist?

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 16th Nov 17

      Hi Ellen!
      That’s a really great question! The two substitutes I think would work best are either applesauce or a can of peaches, chopped up fine like the crushed pineapple and include the juice. Hope that helps.
      Thanks for visiting me! Have a GREAT Holiday!
      Happy Nesting ~
      Norine

  59. Jenny | 17th Nov 17

    Hello! I can’t wait to make this cake!!!!
    I’m not a baker lol! So, the butter…is un-salted or salted butter?

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 19th Nov 17

      Hi Jenny!
      I used salted butter in this cake. Sorry for overlooking that detail. Hope you have a wonderful week. Thanks for visiting.
      Happy Nesting!
      ~Norine

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  61. Joan | 19th Nov 17

    I’m making this cake for Thanksgiving and need to know whether you used dry buttermilk or liquid. I’m so looking to to making this .

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 19th Nov 17

      Hi Joan!
      I use liquid buttermilk for this carrot cake. I am so excited you are making this for Thanksgiving. I know your family will love it as much as mine does.
      Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Let me know how you like the cake. Thanks for visiting.
      Happy Nesting!
      ~Norine

  62. Rekha Raghavan | 20th Nov 17

    Namaste Mrs. Norine,
    Out of love for baking, have tried out plenty of recipes, but this carrot cake is truly the best my family loved. Inspired by your title, tried out the very next day. Came out so delicious that I got only one piece of it. I had replaced the all purpose flour for wheat flour and used 1 3/4 cup of brown sugar instead of the white sugar.
    Thanks so very much for an infallible recipe.
    Love and prayers,
    Rekha

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 21st Nov 17

      Hi Rekha!
      Thank you so much for sharing with me. I loved hearing from you about my carrot cake recipe and the fantastic changes you made to it. They all sound wonderful. It sounds like the entire family loved it. (Next time hide a few slices for yourself. lol) 😉
      Thanks for visiting my nest! I love making new friends. Especially Carrot Cake baking friends.
      Happy Nesting!
      Norine

  63. Constanza | 23rd Nov 17

    I made it exactly to your instructions, absolutely wonderful! Thank you for sharing!

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 23rd Nov 17

      Hi Constanza!
      I’m so glad! I love this cake and I love it when friends share with me their experience with this recipe. Thank you so much for visiting with me today. I hope you’ve had a wonderful day.
      Happy Nesting~
      Norine

  64. Mai Esmaeil Zain | 28th Nov 17

    Hi norie ,
    I was wondering if this recepi can be done in one pan and been sliced in layars ?

  65. Mai Esmaeil Zain | 28th Nov 17

    Hi norie ,
    I was wondering if this recepi can be done in one pan anfd been sliced in layars ?

  66. Klara Cutkova | 28th Nov 17

    So far the best recipe for carrot cake ever. For those who are not fans od coconut I used almond flour instead and it works well too, otherwise absolutely no need to change anything, the ratio of ingredience is just perfect and i big success is certain. Thank you for this luxury recipe 😃Your fan from the Czech Republic.

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 29th Nov 17

      Hi Klara!

      Thank you SO much for visiting my nest! I appreciate the suggested substitution. I know my readers will to. It’s perfect! I’m so honored that I have a fan in Czech Republic! That is AWESOME! I hope you have a wonderful week. Thanks again so much for sharing. I hope you’ll come back and visit again.
      Happy Nesting!
      ~Norine

  67. Neha | 29th Nov 17

    My cakes came out perfect and moist but unfortunately the cream cheese frosting split 🙁 dont know what i did wrong.. ???

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 29th Nov 17

      Hi Neha!
      I’m happy to hear that the cake turned out perfect. Let’s see if I can help with the frosting separating?

      The main cause of frosting “splitting” or “separating” is because the ingredients were either too cold or too hot. You always want your frosting ingredients at “room temperature” This way they will blend together. If you used the cream cheese right out of the refrigerator or the butter it would have caused this to happen. It can also happen if the ingredients are too hot.
      Next time make sure everything is at room temperature and that should take care of the issue.

      Hope I was able to help. Thank you SO much for visiting with me. I’m so sorry you had issues with the frosting. It’s such a great frosting recipe. Don’t give up on it. Try it again. 😉 It goes perfectly with the carrot cake. Have a wonderful week and please feel free to visit with me again soon. Happy Holidays.
      Norine

  68. Swati | 4th Dec 17

    Hi Norine,

    Recipe itself looks so fabulous. I was wondering if i can make it without eggs or not? What can i substitute eggs with?

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 4th Dec 17

      Hi Swati!
      You can, but I can’t vouch for how it will turn out. I know you can substitute mashed banana’s or applesauce for the eggs. However, I’ve never done it with this cake so again…I’m not sure how it will turn out.
      Hope that helps in some small degree.
      Happy Nesting~
      Norine

  69. Eunice Sangaletti | 12th Dec 17

    Hi N

    Hi, Norine!
    Perfect your recipe and very well presented. I knew this cake in your country and I was in love.
    I’ve never seen this kind of cake before. Delicious!
    Thank you

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 12th Dec 17

      Hi Eunice!
      I’m so glad you like this cake. It is truly my very favorite. So much flavor and such a wonderful texture. It is a great presentation for guest or family. Thank you for sharing and for stopping by my Nest. Have a Wonderful Day.
      Happy Nesting~
      Norine

  70. Christy | 15th Dec 17

    Hi Norine,

    After all the great reviews by your nesters, I am sure the cake is fabulous and I will try it soon. I just want to tell you that based on the way you answered the tons of questions, you are a sweet and kind lady and I am glad that you are also generous enough to share your wonderful recipes with us all. Keep it up girl :).

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 15th Dec 17

      Hi Christy!
      Thank you so much for your kind words. Ya made my day! I love sharing with my “nester” friends and this really is my favorite cake. Please let me know when you try it. Thanks for your encouragement and for stopping by my Nest! I hope you have a wonderful Holiday at your Nest.
      Happy Nesting~
      Norine

  71. Em | 15th Dec 17

    Hi Norine im giving a try to bake this carrot cake today. But my oven is only upto 250degrees 🙁 should i increase the time of baking?

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 17th Dec 17

      Hi Em!
      I’m going to be honest and tell you I’m not sure what to tell you do with a lower baking time. You would obviously have to bake it longer because it won’t cook at the lower temperature. However, I’m not sure how will the cake will rise and maintain it’s original density with the lower cooking times. All you can do is try and you’ll probably have to increase your bake time by 30-40 minutes? Sorry I can’t be of more help. Thank you for stopping by and visiting with me. I hope this works for you. It’s a wonderful cake.
      Have a great holiday season.
      Norine

  72. CindyH | 18th Dec 17

    Hi Norine,

    I made this cake for my husband’s birthday a couple days ago. The only change I made was to only use 1 cup of sugar. I’ve made him a carrot cake every year for MANY years now. I have used a different recipe each year because I hadn’t found the keeper recipe…until now. This is definitely THE ONE! I will be using your recipe every year from now on. My husband loved it and my Mom even said it was the best carrot cake she has ever had. I’ve never been a fan of carrot cake, but I always take a bite or 2. I actually would like this one if I had omitted the walnuts, but my husband likes them and it’s his birthday cake. Thanks for a great recipe that I will definitely make many times!

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 18th Dec 17

      Hi Cindy!
      I am SO flattered that your tribe loved this recipe and you made it for your husbands birthday! Can we be friends on my birthday? lol I love this cake too. It’s hard for me to explain to people just how great this cake is until they try it for themselves. I love the reduction of sugar. Going to try that. It makes great cupcakes too. I made them for my daughter’s graduation party.
      Thanks so much for taking the time to share with me. It really means so much when friends take the time to leave me a comment and reach out to me. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year. (with lots of carrot cake in your future!)
      Happy Nesting!
      Norine

  73. Ravi@cake-delivery | 19th Dec 17

    Thanks for sharing about such a best carrot cake here. I must try it.

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 19th Dec 17

      Hi Ravi!
      You are so welcome! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me. Enjoy the carrot cake and have a happy day!
      ~Norine

  74. ANNIE L ALBERTI | 19th Dec 17

    I was looking for a carrot cake recipe that resembled the one I had so many years ago. I had since retrieved it, but it just wasn’t quite the moisture and texture I was looking for. I just found Norine’s Nest recipe yesterday. I made a couple adjustments to my recipe and confirmed some measurements. It is almost the same as NN. I use 2 1/8C flour, 2 1/2C shredded carrots, 1/3t ea of mace, cardamom, nutmeg, 2T melted butter, And I must have 1 1/4C mixed raisins. I am so thankful to find this recipe. The buttermilk is a must too! And it helped me increase the crushed pineapple to 3/4C. I use 1 1/4C walnuts because I like the nut bites. Thank you so much! It helped me so much. I am finally done looking!

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 20th Dec 17

      Hi Annie!

      I’m so tickled to hear from you! I bet with the adjustments and the spices you use this is going to be the BEST carrot cake ever!! Thanks so much for sharing with me. I absolutely love making new friends and hearing from fellow carrot cake lovers! I hope you have a wonderful Holiday season. Come back and visit soon!
      Happy Nesting!
      ~Norine

  75. Meliza Mendoza | 21st Dec 17

    Made the recipe and it turned out great! I made it 3 layers it was so beautiful 😍 will be making it again this weekend!

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 21st Dec 17

      Hi Meliza (love your name)
      I am so happy to hear someone made this into the three layers. It’s so pretty when it is layered with all that luscious cream cheese frosting. Thank you for stopping by and sharing with me. I love making new friends and appreciate the time it takes out of your day to chat with me. Have a Wonderful Christmas!
      Happy Nesting!
      ~Norine

  76. Hanna Fecsho | 23rd Dec 17

    The carrot cake recipe was the best I have ever made. I made a 5 layer carrot cake and it was 8” high when I got done frosting it. The next day less than 10 hours later, IT WAS TOTALLY GONE!!!!!! I NEVER EVEN GOT A TASTE OF IT☹️
    I ended up making another one and inside of 2 days, it was gone again. I added walnuts, coconut, vanilla, cinnamon, and a bit of clove dust to it to give it some zest. It was awesome! I have made 12 of them this month alone and am making 2 more for Christmas and New Years.

    Thanks so much for this recipe, I will never lose it.

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 23rd Dec 17

      Hi Hanna!
      THANK YOU! 12 Cakes?!!! You’re a ROCK STAR! I need to get on YOUR mailing list! 😉 I’m smiling from ear to ear after reading this. Thanks so much for sharing with me and making my entire day, week, and month! Have a Wonderful Christmas…make sure you get some of that cake! 😉
      Happy Nesting and A Happy New Year!
      ~Norine

  77. C-rock | 23rd Dec 17

    OMG Norine, Baaaaam!

    I love this, I made a variant with extra protein because I’m benching PB’s weekly and I gotta stay pumped! I substituted the sugar for coconut flower nectar and the coconut flakes for dried edible grasshoppers (just as crunchy but heaps of protein) my cousin imports these, they’re amazing!

    /C-Rock

  78. Lisa Berry | 23rd Dec 17

    Hi Norine,
    It’s the first time I made a carrot cake. I chose your recipe because it looked moist and light. I’m not a fan of dense cake but its my boyfriend’s favorite so I decided to try it. Your recipe makes the most delicious cake ever. My guests & boyfriend loved it. The cake is airy and not too sweet. The cream cheese frosting was a perfect complement. Thank you!

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 24th Dec 17

      Hi Lisa!
      Thank you so much for your kind comments. I love hearing from friends who have made this cake and love it. I’m so glad everyone loved it…especially your boyfriend. 😉 I hope he appreciates your thoughtfulness.
      Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thanks again for sharing with me.
      Happy Nesting!
      ~Norine

  79. Bea D. | 25th Dec 17

    Merry Christmas Norine! Hope you are doing well.

    Your recipe looks so amazing that I want to make it! I’m just learning to cook though, and since it’s hard to know so many recipes when you’re just starting out, I’d like to make this vegan & gluten free so that I can make it over and over for any kind of company. I used to know this girl whose digestive system didn’t agree with a lot, and seeing her struggle with food made me want to make sure I can feed most anyone!

    I wanted to ask about my substitutions, to see if they are reasonable and have a good chance of working out, so I have a good place to start from in learning this recipe.

    For the 3 eggs, I was thinking of using 1 cup of unsweetened cinnamon applesauce. I’ve read that a good substitution for 1 egg is 1/4 cup applesauce, however, since the cake is also going to be gluten-free and the flour won’t have as much “sticking power”, I thought I’d add in an extra 1/4 cup.

    For the 3/4 cup buttermilk, I was thinking of using almond milk and cream of tartar. I’d heat up 1 cup almond milk for 30 seconds in the microwave and place it into a cup already containing 2 teaspoons cream of tartar, mix, and then let it sit to curdle. I’d have some excess, but that’s okay with me to throw out a little bit of it.

    And then finally for the 2 cups flour, I was thinking of using 1 cup almond meal and 1 cup oat flour. The almond meal, I was thinking, might tie in well with the “buttermilk” and the oat flour would add some sweetness and fluffiness to the cake.

    Do these substitutions sound reasonable? Do you think they’ll mix well with the coconut flakes, pineapple juice, and especially the walnuts? I’ve never really liked the texture of nut chunks in carrot cake, so I was thinking even if I kept them in I’d make sure the chunks were pretty small. I wouldn’t mind taking them out though if you think that would be better!

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 26th Dec 17

      Hi Bea!
      I’m going to be honest and tell you that I don’t do any vegan or gluten free baking or cooking. Your substitutions sound reasonable to me. However, having never made this cake with these substitutions I have no idea how the cake will turn out, or if it will even taste the same as my original recipe. Any time eggs are removed from a recipe, especially a cake recipe, I get nervous. It’s a leavening agent…and with cake that can be tricky. All I can say is try it and see if it turns out okay. I could also suggest looking to blogs that are dedicated to solely to vegan and gluten free baking. They may have a recipe already in place that would work well with what you are trying to accomplish. With regards to the nuts…you can certainly leave them out.
      I think it is wonderful that you are thoughtful of those with food allergies and I wish I could be of more help. You seem very well informed in this area and like I said, they all sound reasonable to me BUT again…I have not tried it myself.
      Thank you for stopping by and if you do make the cake with these substitutions I’d LOVE to hear back from you on how it turned out. I’m sure it would be very helpful to other readers in similar circumstances. Good Luck!
      Happy Nesting!
      ~Norine

  80. Rose | 26th Dec 17

    Hi Norine

    I just find your recipe and I will like to know if I can double it up (thinking using a 25cm x 45 cm pan. I need to make a cake for my husband 60th birthday. The person that was going to make the cake is not available and I only have 2 days. So, he would like me to do it. I am thinking to make a rectangular cake and maybe put some fruits on the top. Do you think is good idea. I dont have much time and I am not a professional.

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 26th Dec 17

      Hi Rose!
      First…Happy 60th Birthday to your Husband. Second…you have plenty of time to make this cake. Let’s get to your questions.
      Okay I’m not sure if I’m converting metric correctly, but I think that would be a 9 x 17 inch baking dish? If so…NO! This recipe normally fits into a 9 x 13 inch baking dish so adding only 4 inches and doubling the recipe will result in a huge mess in your oven! You could double it and bake it twice in that size pan and make a two layer cake.
      I think you could add fruit on top, truthfully though…I don’t think it needs it. It would be pretty. You could sprinkle the edges with some chopped nuts and it would look beautiful.
      This is a FANTASTIC carrot cake and everyone will love it. To me it’s more important that the cake tastes great than look pretty. Make two sheet cakes (rectangular) instead of one. Keep it simple and let the cake do all the “talking”. Trust me…you’ll have raves over this cake! 😉 You’ll do great and you don’t need to be a professional.
      Thanks for stopping by…if I can be of more help don’t hesitate to ask. You can email me too at norine@norinesnest.com
      Happy Nesting!
      ~Norine

  81. Diane | 30th Dec 17

    I was ready to make a chocolate cake for my husbands 70th birthday tomorrow. He said can’t I have a carrot cake? So found what I’ve made before, then searched pinterest and found this one, so it is in the oven and ready for party time tomorrow. From all the comments, I’m sure it will be a winner. We lived in SLC for many years before moving to Ohio. Our neighbor was Norene!! Lovely name.

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 30th Dec 17

      Hi Diane!
      Happy 70th Birthday to your husband! I hope he enjoys this cake as much as I do. It truly is my very favorite cake recipe.
      My brother’s all live in the Salt Lake Area. We’re down South in Cedar, but I love to visit Salt Lake. I have good friends in Ohio! Watched those Buckeye’s win their bowl game last night!
      I can’t believe you had a neighbor with the name Norene! (Hers was spelled correctly…my parents wanted to torture me. LOL) Thank you for that sweet compliment. It’s not a very common name and when I was younger I wished my parents had given me a different name. As we grow older we appreciate things a whole lot more…like our names!
      I hope you and your family have a WONDERFUL and HAPPY NEW YEAR! Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting with me. I love making new friends! Enjoy the cake!
      ~Norine

  82. Rose | 30th Dec 17

    Thanks Norine! I made the cake 2 days before my husband 60th birthday; wrapped it and frozen. Put it on the fridge the night before the party, then still wrapped let on my kitchen bench for couple of hours before preparing some other things then put the frosting and decorated it. Everybody said it was delicious and moist.

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 1st Jan 18

      Hi Rose!
      I’m so happy it turned out so great! I hope your husband had a wonderful 60th birthday. Thanks for letting me know what you did and how it turned out. I love hearing from my blog friends. It truly makes my day.
      Have a Wonderful New Year.
      ~Norine

  83. Jeanelle | 1st Jan 18

    Hello Norine,

    This recipe produced a wonderful (delicious and moist) cake. I had to use a substitute for the buttermilk and walnuts (peanuts). But the result was just as good.

    You now have a new fan/follower from the beautiful island of JAMAICA! 🙂

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 3rd Jan 18

      Hi Jeanelle!
      Thank you so much for sharing with me. I love your nut substitution. It’s always good to hear from a friend who has tried a substitution and liked it. I hope someday I get to come to your beautiful island of Jamaica! That would be a dream come true.
      I’m truly touched you took the time to share with me and I’m even more touched to know I have a new follower/friend from such a beautiful part of our world. Please come back and share with me again!
      Have a wonderful day!
      Happy Nesting!
      ~Norine

  84. Ravi | 6th Jan 18

    It’s really looking awesome and so beautiful cake. I have remembered it’s recipes and also bookmarked this site for my party for my next birthday. You have really make a very beautiful and innovative cake. Thank you so much for such a nice work.

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 6th Jan 18

      Thank you so much! I hope you enjoyed the cake. I love hearing from my foodie friends and appreciate you stopping by. Have a wonderful day!
      Happy Nesting!
      ~Norine

  85. Cherie Cave | 6th Jan 18

    Hi, Norine! I’ve been looking for a good Carrot Cake recipe. Something with lots of chunky goodness in it and yours sounds like it! The comments have been very enlightening and interesting. I absolutely love coconut but my husband hates it and we both love Carrot Cake. How much can you taste the coconut in your recipe? He doesn’t like mayonnaise either but I manage to sneak it into a lot of recipes and he doesn’t have a clue.

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 6th Jan 18

      Hi Cherie!
      Okay this is a really hard question for me to answer because I LOVE coconut but the flavors in this cake all blend together so beautifully that I can’t say I pick out the flavor of coconut over the other flavors. However, you can tell it’s in the cake! Just from texture. You could leave it out and sneak in a tsp. of coconut flavoring. lol (Look at me trying to be sneaky with you…lol) It’s such a GREAT Carrot Cake and I know he’d love it. One of my favorite ingredients in this cake is the coconut, but again I love it. So I’m no help to you am I? Sorry.
      I appreciate ya chatting with me and I highly recommend making this cake…with or without coconut. It’s just SO good!
      Have a GREAT weekend!
      ~Norine

  86. Morgana | 8th Jan 18

    please, is baking soda same as baking powder? I have only found bicarbonate soda or baking powder I don’t find baking soda. please would you let me know if I can use baking powder?

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 8th Jan 18

      Hi Morgana!
      Baking soda and baking powder are different. However, the good news is that Bicarbonate Soda is the SAME thing as baking soda. Hope that helps you out. This is a great cake just be sure not to substitute baking powder for baking soda in any recipe. 😉
      Have a wonderful week! Thanks for stopping by and visiting.
      ~Norine

  87. Morgana | 9th Jan 18

    thank you so much for the quick replay. big thanks for sharing the recipe.

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 9th Jan 18

      Hi Morgana!
      You are so welcome! Thanks so much for visiting with me! I love making new friends. Have a wonderful day.
      Happy Nesting!
      ~Norine

  88. Samantha Retzlaff | 11th Jan 18

    Hi there Norine. I am so excited to try this cake. My son is in 3rd grade and entering a cake for his FFA project and this is the cake he chose. 🙂 We’re going to do a couple of test runs and let some family and friends try the cake so we can be ready when contest day comes around, but judging from the comments, it looks like he picked a winner! We plan to do the 3 layers, but we do have 1 question. If we decide to frost the entire cake, how would you adjust your frosting ingredients? Thanks so much for your help. We can’t wait!

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 12th Jan 18

      Hi Samantha!
      Wow! I’m SO honored he chose this cake for his FFA project! I’m sure the judges will LOVE it. This makes a LOT of frosting, but just to be safe…I would make 1 and 1/2 of the frosting to cover an entire cake. Just to be safe. If you have extra you can store it in a container in the refrigerator up to a month. It’s great on cinnamon rolls or you could use it again on one of your test runs!
      I’m SUPER excited to hear how he does. Please let me know! I see a winner in the making! I’d love a picture too!
      Have a GREAT weekend!
      ~Norine

  89. Teresa E Wright | 12th Jan 18

    Good Morning
    I have a question for you. I was wondering if I can use a 10- inch bundt pan instead of 3 cake pans?

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 12th Jan 18

      Hi Teressa!
      Yes you can use a bundt pan for the cake. However be careful you don’t over fill the pan and have cake batter every where in your oven. I have a feeling that the batter of this recipe is more than a 10 inch can handle. However, you could make a few cupcakes on the side.
      Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you love this cake as much as I do. I say it all the time…but it really is my favorite. Have a Great Weekend.
      ~Norine

  90. Ezra | 12th Jan 18

    Thanks for the recipe. It was a pretty moist cake and it was delicious except for the bitter taste from the baking soda. Am I able to reduce this or will it affect the cake? How much can I reduce it to if so?

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 15th Jan 18

      Hi Ezra!
      I’m not sure why you had a bitter taste from the baking soda? I’ve never had that happen? How much baking soda did you add? If you reduce it, it may not rise as well, that’s my only concern. I’ve never had a bitter taste in this cake because of the baking soda. You did only use two teaspoons right? Not Tablespoons. You could possibly substitute Self-Rising Flour for the regular flour and baking soda. I’ve never done it…but I think it would work. If you want to reduce it…I would reduce it to 1 1/2 teaspoons and no more.
      Sorry for the issues with the baking soda.
      Hope you have a GREAT week. Thanks for stopping by.
      ~Norine

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