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A Carrot Cake Without Pineapple Recipe

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Preview: This carrot cake without pineapple recipe is slathered with a light cream cheese icing. It’s ideal for a celebration.

Have you noticed how certain recipes attach themselves to one particular family member? You can’t prepare them or eat them without thinking of that person. This carrot cake is forever connected to my mom because we ate it every year on her birthday.

If you are looking for a place to start with a carrot cake tradition, this is it. Plenty of carrots are involved with this cake, but there’s no pineapple in sight.

Recipe Inspiration:

The original recipe comes from my sister Kay. She’s a true southern cook who has spent most of her adult life in Alabama. She is not afraid of a little sugar and fat to make things taste good. Her husband claims it is absolutely one of her tastiest creations.

The modifications previously mentioned are heavily influenced by Dorie Greenspan’s carrot cake as published in Baking, From My House to Yours. Changes are noted inside the parenthesis.

3 Layer Carrot cake without pineapple iced with cream cheese icing.

About the cream cheese icing…

Because it’s not quite as rich, I really like the second recipe for cream cheese icing. It’s based on a version printed in a recent issue of Cook’s Country magazine. However, it doesn’t make a lot, so consider doubling the recipe if you’re baking a layer cake and want to frost the sides too.

Sizing Down

The actual cake pictured above is a half recipe baked in 3 6-inch round pans. It’s the perfect size for our rather small family, leaving us with a piece or two for the birthday person to enjoy later.

Cutting the recipe in half is fairly simple as most of the ingredients call for 2 of whatever it is. If you have a question, don’t hesitate to email me.

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Pinterest image of Layered Carrot Cake.

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Yield: 1 layer cake

Carrot Cake Without Pineapple Recipe

Carrot Cake Without Pineapple Recipe

This is our family recipe for carrot cake with cream cheese icing.  A lighter version of cream cheese icing made with marshmallow creme is included.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes



  • 2 cups flour (240 gr)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup oil (198 gr)
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar (297 gr)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 cups grated carrots
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (I use toasted pecans + 1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries + 1 cup shredded coconut)

Cream Cheese Icing:

  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, room temperature (113 gr)
  • 1 pound (3-1/2 cups) powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Cream Cheese Icing My Way:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups marshmallow cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar



  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Prepare 3 9-inch round cake pans or 10 x 14-inch rectangular pan by spraying with vegetable oil/flour combination such as Baker's Joy or line the bottom of pans with wax paper or parchment paper (my preference).
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. Combine oil and sugar in mixer bowl until smooth. Add eggs and mix until smooth. Mix in carrots and vanilla.
  4. Add dry ingredients and mix only until they disappear. Gently fold in nuts, fruit and coconut if using.
  5. Bake for 25-35 minutes rotating pans half way through baking time. After cooling for 5 minutes, turn out onto baking rack and allow to cool completely before icing.

Cream Cheese Icing

  1. Mix cream cheese and butter till smooth and fluffy using an electric mixer. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy.

Cream Cheese Icing My Way

  1. Beat cream cheese, marshmallow cream and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar and beat on low until smooth.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 464Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 268mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 1gSugar: 34gProtein: 5g

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