Carrot Pineapple Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

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I’m not sure why it is, but carrot cake just seems to go with Easter. I guess it’s because carrots remind us of bunnies. Or something like that. I don’t know, but that’s okay, I’ll eat carrot cake for Easter even if it makes no sense at all. Because it is dang good stuff!
This is the basic carrot cake recipe that I grew up with. Over the years, I’ve experimented with adding pineapple, nuts, and coconut. You can add or omit any of them and the cake is always delicious. And oh so moist. This time my experiment was with the frosting. I added some orange zest just to see what it would taste like. Oh my. I am in trouble. It was killer! So yummy that I wanted to just sit and eat it out of the bowl. But I restrained myself. Mostly because we had family over and they were all watching me. 😉
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Seriously though, I thought it was a fabulous addition. Everyone else loved it too. Some even came back for thirds. This time I added the pineapple and the coconut. I would have added nuts, but we were out. I don’t remember the last time I enjoyed a piece of carrot cake so much. And I’ve had a lot of great carrot cake. I will always be adding the orange to the frosting from now on!

Carrot Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Cake Recipe:

1 1/4 cups oil
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups grated carrots
8oz crushed pineapple, drained
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, optional
1 cup coconut, optional
Whisk together oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Stir in carrots and pineapple. Stir in dry ingredients and nuts and coconut if desired. Pour into a greased 9×13″ pan. Bake at 350 for about 50-60 minutes. Cool and frost.
Cream Cheese Frosting with Orange Zest
4 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup butter
1-2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp orange zest
2-3 cups powdered sugar
1-2 tsp milk if needed
Soften cream cheese and butter. Beat till smooth. Add the vanilla and orange zest. Beat in the powdered sugar till you get the consistency you like. You can add milk if you need to.



  1. Mmmm! That makes my mouth water just looking at it. I'll have to try it. I don't think my kids have ever even tried carrot cake.

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