Sunday, August 21, 2011

Carrot Pineapple Cake

I officially have a new favorite carrot cake recipe, and this is it!  It is similar to my old favorite, in that the ingredients include crushed pineapple and coconut.  The cake turns out to be super moist but not too dense or greasy, which can be an issue with carrot cakes.  I brought this cake to work to celebrate some August birthdays and it was well received.  Definitely don't skip the cream cheese icing!
The dry ingredients.
 The wet ingredients.
 Incorporating the wet and dry.
 Adding the pineapple, walnuts, coconut, and carrots.
 Ready for the oven.
 The cooling cakes.
 The cream cheese icing is whipped until light and fluffy.
 Assembling the cake.
 The finished product.
Adapted slightly from

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 cup chopped walnuts
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple with juice

16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
16 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
6 cups confectioners' sugar
Pinch of salt

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 9-inch round pans. Line bottom of pans with parchment. 

2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside. 

3. In a large bowl, combine eggs, buttermilk, oil, sugar and vanilla. Mix well. Add flour mixture and mix well. 

4. In a medium bowl, combine shredded carrots, coconut, walnuts, and pineapple. 

5. Using a large wooden spoon or a very heavy whisk, add carrot mixture to batter and fold in well. 

6. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake for 22-25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

7. Allow cakes to cool in pans for 10 minutes, then turn out onto wire racks and cool completely.

8. For the Icing - With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat the butter and cream cheese until fluffy.  Slowly add powdered sugar until desired sweetness is reached.  Beat in the vanilla and salt.  Beat for about two more minutes until icing is light and fluffy.  Spread icing over cooled cake.

This post is linked to Sweets for a Saturday and Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

1 comment:

  1. This looks delicious - perfect for the fall. My husband would love it! Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.