Yesterday, my parents and grandma came up to visit us, meet our puppy and have dinner. With dinner, of course, I just had to make dessert! Since December, I've "owed" my dad a carrot cake (we make deals where I owe him a cake/treat/etc.) and this was my chance to finally make it for him.
I found this recipe years ago on Recipezaar. It is the BEST carrot cake I've ever had! It's got carrots, coconut, pineapple and walnuts in it, which creates a delicious, chunky texture. Plus, it's so moist and flavorful. Stop what you're doing right now...and go make this cake! It's that good. In fact, I just had a piece for breakfast! What? It's got veggies and fruit in it, so it's healthy right? :)
As usual, I made some "healthier" modifications: whole wheat flour, egg whites, 1/2 applesauce for the oil and I cut back on the sugar by 1/4 cup.
Pineapple, carrots and coconut.
The batter all mixed.
One layer, just flipped out of the pan.
Frosted with cream cheese icing and sprinkled with coconut.
About to be my breakfast!
Why-I-Joined-Zaar Carrot Cake, by Recipezaar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 3/4 cups white sugar
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups shredded carrots
- 1 cup flaked coconut
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
FROSTING THAT SARA USED
- 1 (8 ounce) (light - 1/3 the fat) package cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 3 cups icing sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan.
Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon; make a well in the center and add sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla.
Mix with wooden spoon until smooth.
Stir in carrots, coconut, walnuts and pineapple.
Pour into 9x13 inch pan and bake for about 45 minutes.
Don't panic, the center will sink a little.
Allow to cool; when cool, ice the cake.
For frosting: Cream butter and cream cheese. Add sugar, 1 cup at a time and then vanilla.