Classic Carrot Cake

Karen demonstrated two carrot cake recipes upon Rowena’s request If I remembered correctly. The first cake is a Classisc Carrot Cake which was popularized in the 70s. It is an era where people started to reduce the intake of meat and encourage intake of vegetables, grains and fruits. A book called “Diet for a small planet” from the 70s introduced combinations of plant proteins to make a complete protein diet.


The Classic Carrot Cake is a very rich carrot cake with lots of ingredients like crushed pineapple, flaked coconut and walnuts.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil (can be reduced to 1 cup)
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 cup chopped nuts or pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup raisins


Click on the link below for the instructions.


Preheat the oven to 350F (175C).

IMG_5332Coat a 10x15x2 inch baking dish or 10 inch Bundt pan with cooking spray. Karen demonstrated the spraying must be at least 1 foot away to get an even coating.
IMG_5321Peel and grate the carrot. When measuring the grated carrot, lightly pack them.
IMG_5334-1Drain the crushed pineapple.
IMG_5315In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. Set aside.
IMG_5317In a separate larger bowl. mix together the eggs, sugar and vanilla by hand.

Stir in the oil; the mixture should resemble pudding.

IMG_5325Gradually stir in the flour mixtures.
IMG_5336-1Fold in the carrots, pineapple, coconut, walnuts and raisins.
IMG_5340-1Pour the batter into the prepared pan, and spread evenly.
IMG_5355-1Bake for 55 to 60 minutes in the preheated oven. Turn the pan half way through for even baking. Bake until a small knife inserted into the cake comes out clean. This cake is so rich that you dont even need any frosting.

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