14-Karat Cake

Yesterday we celebrated my husband's birthday. I always ask him what kind of cake he would like me to bake for him, and this year his choice was carrot cake. This is a great cake to bake for the holidays too. My recipe is one that I have adjusted to suit our taste over time.

14-Karat Cake
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
4 eggs
2 cups finely shredded carrots
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 1/3 cups coconut

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
6 cups powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare three 8-inch cake pans by greasing and dusting with flour, line the bottom of the pans with parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Add sugar, oil, and eggs; beat with an electric mixer for 1 minute at medium speed. Stir in shredded carrots, drained pineapple, walnuts, and coconut. Divide batter evenly among prepared cake pans. Bake in preheated oven for about 40 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then loosen around the edges with a knife; remove cake from pans and continue cooling on a wire rack.

To make the frosting:
In a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese, and vanilla together with an electric mixer. Gradually add the powdered sugar one cup at a time and beat until smooth and creamy. Fill between the layers and frost the top and sides of cake.

About 3 large carrots  = 2 cups of shredded carrots.

Use a food processor to shred the carrots quickly.

This recipe makes three 8-inch layers.

Bake for about 40 minutes.

Fill between the layers with frosting.

Move on to the second layer . . .

. . . and crown it with the top layer.

This recipe makes LOTS of frosting. I do not like to run short of frosting on a cake. You could also garnish the top or sides with chopped nuts.

I decided to skip the nuts this time and just add some carrots to the top.

This 14-Karat cake is moist and delicious, one of our favorites.


  1. A three layer carrot cake - yum!! You are so good at decorating.

  2. It looks delicious and I love the carrot decorations.

  3. Anita,
    I am a huge carrot cake fan. I love the 3 tiers and your fabulous decorating! What a cake! I hope your husband enjoyed his birthday!

  4. A beautiful cake, A happy birthday to Mr. Hubby. Andi

  5. This would be my choice for a birthday cake too! Love all the added goodies. Also adore the fun decorating job. The carrots are to cute. Great job.

  6. Wow Anita, would I ever love a piece of this delicious looking cake!!!!! Your hubby is a very lucky birthday boy.

  7. This is beautiful, Anita! I LOVE carrot cake! It's so moist and yummy! Bookmarked! :)

  8. Oh I love carrot cake, but no one at home does, just not fair.

  9. Anita, that cake looks amazing....and carrot cake is one of my favorites! Thanks for sharing!

  10. I love carrot cake and yours looks perfect! Love the carrots on top, wish I could decorate like that...

  11. This is a very pretty cake! I'll bet it tastes as good as it looks. Pat

  12. It's one stunning cake!
    Looks beautiful and delicious

  13. Incredible looking cake - it's important to make sure you have enough frosting!!
    Sue :-)

  14. Slightly late, but thank you so much for linking up to Friday Food last week on Momtrends.com! Carrot cake is one of my husband's favorites, one of his aunties used to make it for him. Bookmarking this for him (well, for me to make for him)! ~Shannon

  15. Hi Anita,
    Your husband is a lucky man! This is a beautiful cake inside and out. You did a great job and it looks delicious! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  17. Looks amazing! I love carrot cake! (Cute name!)
    Thanks for linking up at Sweet Temptations!

  18. My husband loves carrot cake too. This is a wonderful recipe, and I love there is so much frosting. It's the best part! :) Thanks for sharing on Crazy Sweet Tuesday!