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Sam's Famous Carrot Cake Recipe
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Sam's Famous Carrot Cake
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Sam's Famous Carrot Cake

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"My Grandfather (Sam) was famous for this cake. Everyone who knew him, knows of his famous carrot cake. He would always have some available for anyone who wanted it. We'll miss him, but his carrot cake legacy will always live on! Enjoy!"

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Original recipe makes 1 - 8x12 inch pan Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr

    1 hr 40 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8x12 inch pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine eggs, buttermilk, oil, sugar and vanilla. Mix well. Add flour mixture and mix well.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine shredded carrots, coconut, walnuts, pineapple and raisins.
  5. Using a large wooden spoon or a very heavy whisk, add carrot mixture to batter and fold in well.
  6. Pour into prepared 8x12 inch pan, and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 1 hour. Check with toothpick.
  7. Allow to cool for at least 20 minutes before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 13, 2003

This really is the best carrot cake in the world. I changed 3 things: reg. milk + 1 teaspooon lemon juice in place of buttermilk as I was out of it. 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg was added and also I covered my raisins with orange juice and brought them to a boil, letting them simmer for a couple of minutes. Took them off the heat and let cool. Drained them and added when prompted by recipe. Baked in 3 (9") Cushionaire pans for 25 to 28 minutes. Frosted with 16 oz. cream cheese, 1 stick butter, 1 teaspoon each of almond and vanilla extracts and 32 oz. powdered sugar sifted. I had a carrot cake fan taste this and he said it was the best he's ever eaten. It is! Thank you Brian for this recipe.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 28, 2007

I have to say that I was very disappointed with this recipe. After reading all the great reviews I thought this would be great, but then nearly everyone who gave 4+ stars modified the recipe in some way. I followed the recipe exactly and got a dense and moist, yet bland, unsweet, oily cake which tasted nothing like any of the carrot cakes I've ever had. I also thought the cake had too much going on in it. Bits of crunchy carrot shavings here (even though I shredded them super fine with my food processor), pineapple bits there, and an occasional raisin. The first thing my fiance, who loves carrot cake, said when he saw the cake was, "that does not look like a carrot cake," and he is right. It is a very dark and un-carrot cake like color, more like rye bread. My biggest regret is that I wasted a can of perfectly delicious whipped cream cheese frosting and a half pound of walnuts for the topping.

Jun 01, 2005

My daughter and I tried 5 different carrot cake recipes to find one suitably delicious for a wedding cake and settled on this one. Even though this site says that the 'Best Carrot Cake Ever' is the best, this recipe won out over it as we had a family and friends "taste-off" before we made our final selection. It by far had the most flavor. Not too moist, not too crumbly. At the reception, person after person raved over the cake and asked for the recipe. We had very little left. Just enough so that we could enjoy some the next day. We did make a few minor changes. We omitted the coconut, walnuts and raisins. And increased the carrots to 3 cups.

Apr 15, 2007

Bravo,this is a wonderful recipie...I took a hint from a Gourmet magazine recipie and added grated rind of a lemon. In addition, I made the cream cheese icing with grated lemon rind and lemon juice..this cut the sweetness of the cake and gave it a glorious citrus flavour!!!!!!!!!

Dec 30, 2003

Modestly, I must rate this the best carrot cake ever since Sam was my grandfather. I wanted to post a public message thanking all those who have reviewed this recipe and gave it such high marks. I hope you all continue to enjoy it!

Jan 06, 2008

I made this carrot cake because it had everything (coconut, walnuts, pineapple, and raisins) plus buttermilk. The only change I made was to put it into two round cake pans. If you do this reduce the cooking time by 15 minutes. I topped the cake with "whipped cream cream cheese frosting" from this site which is a great cream cheese frosting because it is not too sweet and went great with this cake. I will make this cake again!

May 26, 2007

This is AMAZING! So Moist and filling and the flavour even develops more beatifully over the days. I First made this for mothers day and my mother claims this IS the BEST carrot cake ever tasted. Family has requested it again and again and also makes a lovely morning tea snack as it is quite an enormous cake to get through! Only thing I did first time was omit the raisins (personal preference) and divide mixture into 3 pans for a 3 layer cake used with "cream cheese frosting II" from this site. Second time around I halved the ingredients and still made a wonderful 2 layer cake. My only suggestion is to use your food processor throughout various stages to cut down on time and convenience which then makes this quite a quick cake to prepare. This is definately going to become a "secret" family heirloom for me as well. Thank you Brian for sharing!

Mar 10, 2007

This cake is FANTASTIC!! Omitted the raisins, baked it in a 13X9 pan for 45 minutes, and topped it off with a thick layer of cream cheese frosting. This is the only carrot cake recipe I'll use from now on. My husband's favorite!


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  • Calories
  • 374 kcal
  • 19%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 48.7 g
  • 16%
  • Cholesterol
  • 38 mg
  • 13%
  • Fat
  • 18.8 g
  • 29%
  • Fiber
  • 2.5 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 5.2 g
  • 10%
  • Sodium
  • 259 mg
  • 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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