Thursday, March 17, 2011


This recipe has been in my recipe box for so long, that it seriously needs to be replaced. It is covered with thumbprints and little vanilla splash stains that have accumulated over the last 30 years. Every time I see the card, it reminds me of the times I made this for my children and I can't bring myself to make a new card. It is a deliciously MOIST and easy cake.

2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
2 cups grated carrots
1 cup crushed pineapple (most of a 20 oz. can)
1 cup chopped pecans
Mix the dry ingredients and set aside. With an electric mixer, beat eggs and oil until very well combined. Add the dry ingredients and beat until smooth. Stir in the nuts, grated carrots & pineapple (squeeze it dry then measure will take most of a 20 ounce can). Stir until smooth.
Pour batter into a greased and floured pan. Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven. If you are using a 9" x 13" pan, bake it for 1 hour. If you are using a large tube pan, like an angel food pan, bake it for 1 hour and 10 minutes. There is just a little too much batter for MY bundt pan, but if you have a BIG bundt pan, bake it for 1 hour and 10 minutes. Test for doneness with toothpick.
Let baked cake rest for about 10 minutes, then turn it out of the pan.


Ana Rita said...

This recipe has history and i can tell you that it sure looks good!
When i have a chance i'll give it a try!


Priyanka said...

It sure looks very soft and yummy :)

Harika's Kitchen said...

cake looks awesome ans spongy.

betty r said...

Oh Coleen don't replace the recipe card, thumbprints and vanilla stains should be on a well used recipe and the memories it holds:)
The cake looks wonderful.

oliemommy said...

I made this cake today. I didn't have carrots so I substituted sweet potatoes. It came out great.
Used cream cheese frosting.
Thanks for sharing.


Peggy Clyde. said...

This sounds a lot like my carrot cake. It is very delicious. Sometimes I add coconut to it, also. Your recipe box sounds like mine. I have stains on a lot of my cards. Thanks.

teresa said...

so good! no way could i stop at one piece!

Romney Family said...

carrot cake is the best!!!

Katy ~ said...

Coleen, carrot cake is one of my all time favorites, and that gorgeous slice you have is screaming my name.

Monica H said...

I have a few recipe cards like that oo and I love them because they are written by a much loved older family member.