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incredible carrot cake

Incredible Carrot Cake

Lisa Kamolnick
A flavorful, lovely carrot cake with a few twists for a textured and tasty dessert. Good for special occasions or just because.
Prep Time 1 hr 20 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Cool 1 hr
Total Time 2 hrs 55 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine British, French, Swiss
Servings 12 slices



  • 2 C all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 ½ C brown sugar
  • ½ C sugar
  • ½ C unsweetened apple sauce
  • ¾ C vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 TBSP tawny port
  • 1 TBSP green raisins
  • 1 TBSP gold raisins
  • 2 TBSP grated coconut
  • 3 C julienne carrots


  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • ½ C butter softened
  • 2 C powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp tawny port optional

Topping (optional):

  • ½ to ½ C pecans chopped
  • 8 to 10 whole pecan halves
  • ¼ C coconut flakes (approximately)



  • Grease and flour two nine-inch cake pans (for cupcakes, use cupcake liners in standard muffin pan). Line with parchment paper for easier release. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • In large bowl, combine and whisk or stir together the first six dry ingredients.
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  • In separate mixing bowl, whisk or stir together the next seven ingredients.
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  • Add the carrots, raisins and coconut to the wet mix.
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  • Carefully fold and blend the dry and wet mix and stir together.
  • Pour batter into cake pan(s) and bake 30-35 minutes (35-45 for 9x13 or 10x10 and 20-25 for cupcakes) until wooden pick comes out clean.
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  • Cool on baking rack and remove from pans.


  • For frosting, pull out cheese and butter and let reach room temperature. Beat the cheese until smooth, then add butter and mix well. Add in powdered sugar, vanilla and port and mix until fully combined and smooth.
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  • Spread over cake or cupcakes. If making 2-layer cake, level the first cake, ice the top, add the second cake and ice whole cake.


  • Sprinkle coconut flakes over the entire top of the cake. Sprinkle pecans in desired pattern and add whole pecans to design.
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Serving Suggestions

Serve with a glass of port or other sweet wine, a cup of coffee or glass of milk and a side of vanilla ice cream.


Line your cake pan(s) with parchment paper to help the cake release easier. 
Keyword cake, carrot, carrot cake, coconut, cream cheese icing, raisins