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Sister Beth's Carrot Cake

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"One of my sisters, Beth, learned how to make carrot cake in home economics class in 1978. A few years ago I asked her to write down what she remembered from the recipe. Only remembering two-thirds of the ingredients, I completed the recipe by trial and error. It was worth all the effort. Simply delicious."
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2 h 20 m servings 614 cals
Original recipe yields 12 servings


  • Calories:
  • 614 kcal
  • 31%
  • Fat:
  • 36 g
  • 55%
  • Carbs:
  • 69.6g
  • 22%
  • Protein:
  • 6.4 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 70 mg
  • 23%
  • Sodium:
  • 409 mg
  • 16%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Amount Per Serving
  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Grease and flour a 9x13-inch baking pan.
  3. Whisk vegetable oil, white sugar, eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract together in a bowl until smooth.
  4. Combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl.
  5. Stir oil mixture into flour mixture until a well-mixed batter forms.
  6. Fold carrots, pineapple, coconut, and walnuts into batter; pour into prepared baking pan.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 1 hour; cool completely, about 1 hour.
  8. Whisk confectioners' sugar, cream cheese, butter, and a dash vanilla extract together in a bowl until well blended; spread over cooled cake.


  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

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This is the first carrot cake I've made, and I don't need to keep looking! This cake is so delicious! I followed the recipe, omited nuts, baked in a glass 10x13 for 53 min and was glad I checked...

Excellent. Drain your pineapple thoroughly. Did not have/use coconut. Thanks for sharing!

Have used this recipe as is for years! Despite the other person saying to drain the pineapple, if you add the coconut do NOT drain it! This recipe is great as is-works great in an angel food pan...

Keeper! Kid approved too! Make sure you drain the pineapple! I made this as directed - I did leave out the coconut and nuts - family preference - did not adjust any other amounts or ingredien...

A keeper! Made the cake exactly as written. It was moist and sweet enough that I didn't even put icing on it. No leftovers! I look forward to making this again!

After reading reviews I too decided to substitute 1 cup of applesauce for oil, and the cake turned out beautifully. I added a cup of raisins instead of using coconut. Borrowing from another reci...

Great cake! Didn't add nuts though'

I made this recipe for my wife,kids, and mother and father in laws and it was a huge hit......I made cupcakes with little Easter bunnies and they were super cute..... Can't go wrong with this re...

baked to long