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The Best Carrot Cake Recipe Ever

We've added wheat germ into this traditional carrot cake--no one will know!

June 10th, 2008

Recipe by Paula Bowman

"My two kids totally enjoyed it. They were surprised to see carrots going into a cake, and more surprised when the carrots tasted very good in the cake! I will make it again for sure!" Annie Imbeault, mom of Oliver, 4, and Myriam, 2, Dartmouth, N.S.  
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes, plus 10 minutes cooling time
  • Carrot Cake
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ (optional—replace with 1/4 cup flour if not using)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil, plus more for oiling pan (see Tip below)
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups finely grated carrots (about 3 medium carrots)
  • 1 14-oz (398 mL) can crushed pineapple, drained (about 1 cup)
  • Tip: The 1/2 cup of oil in this recipe can be replaced with equal amount unsweetened applesauce for a softer cake. This substitution works especially well if making muffins instead.
  • For muffins: Reduce cooking time to 25 minutes. Makes 18 muffins.
  • Toasted Coconut: Preheat oven to 350°F. Spread 1/4 cup shredded coconut on a cookie sheet and toast for 2 to 3 minutes, until lightly golden brown. Watch closely, as it burns quickly. Remove from oven and cool.
Drizzly Cream Cheese Icing
  • 1/4 cup low-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup icing sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 tsp finely grated lime zest
  • 1 tbsp lime juice or pineapple juice
  • To make icing: Cream butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Add icing sugar and blend. Add lime zest and juice and mix well. Drizzle over carrot cake and garnish with toasted coconut.
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly oil a 10-inch bundt pan.

  2. In a bowl, whisk flour, coconut, wheat germ, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda together.

  3. In another large bowl, whisk eggs and sugar together until smooth. Add oil and vanilla and mix until blended. Stir in carrots and pineapple. Add reserved dry ingredients and nuts and stir until just blended. Spoon evenly into prepared pan and smooth top.

  4. Bake until a toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Cool 10 minutes then invert onto cooling rack. Allow to cool before icing.

  5. Ice with Drizzly Cream Cheese Icing and top with toasted coconut.

Nutrients Per Serving

Cake with icing: 546 calories, 33 g fat, 76 mg calcium, 422 mg sodium, 60 g carbs, 3 g fibre, 7 g protein; excellent source of folate.

The Best Carrot Cake Recipe Ever
Photo by Michael Alberstat
Food styling by David Grenier
Prop styling by Sasha Seymour

2 responses to “The Best Carrot Cake Recipe Ever”

  1. Jen says:

    The pineapple mentioned in the instructions is not mentioned in the list of ingredients.
    How much?

  2. Blake Eligh says:

    Hi Jen: Thanks for your note. The pineapple amount is updated in the recipe above. ~blake

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