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Indulge your senses in the rich, comforting aroma of freshly baked carrot cake – a classic dessert that never fails to delight. Bursting with the natural sweetness of grated carrots, paired with the warm spices of cinnamon and the crunch of pecans, this recipe promises to be a culinary masterpiece. Topped with a luscious cream cheese frosting, each bite is a harmonious blend of flavors and textures that will leave you craving for more. So, let’s embark on a culinary journey and learn how to create this beloved treat from scratch!


  • 3 cups grated carrots
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple with juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9-inch cake pan with flour and brush off any excess.
  2. In a large bowl, combine grated carrots, flour, white sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and ground cinnamon. Mix well.
  3. Add eggs, vegetable oil, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, crushed pineapple with juice, and 3/4 cup chopped pecans to the dry ingredients. Stir until all ingredients are well incorporated.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan, spreading it evenly.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  6. Allow the cake to cool completely before frosting.

To make the frosting:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine confectioners’ sugar, Neofchatel cheese, 1/2 cup of softened butter, and 1 1/4 teaspoons of vanilla extract. Whisk until smooth and creamy.
  2. Stir in 1 cup of chopped pecans until evenly distributed.
  3. Spread the frosting generously over the cooled cake.
  4. Chill the cake in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving to allow the frosting to set.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):

  1. Can I use pre-shredded carrots instead of grating them myself?
    • While pre-shredded carrots are convenient, freshly grated carrots provide better moisture and flavor to the cake. However, you can use pre-shredded carrots if needed.
  2. Can I omit the pineapple from the recipe?
    • Yes, you can omit the crushed pineapple if you prefer a more traditional carrot cake flavor. However, the pineapple adds moisture and sweetness to the cake.
  3. Can I substitute walnuts for pecans in the cake or frosting?
    • Yes, you can substitute walnuts for pecans if desired. Both nuts offer a similar crunchy texture and nutty flavor.
  4. How should I store leftover cake?
    • Leftover cake should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Make sure to cover it well to prevent the frosting from drying out.
  5. Can I make this cake ahead of time and freeze it?
    • Yes, you can freeze the unfrosted cake layers for up to 2-3 months. Thaw them in the refrigerator overnight before frosting and serving.
  6. Is Neofchatel cheese the same as cream cheese?
    • Neofchatel cheese is similar to cream cheese but has a slightly lower fat content. It works well in frosting recipes and provides a creamy texture.
  7. Can I use a different type of oil instead of vegetable oil?
    • Yes, you can use canola oil or melted coconut oil as a substitute for vegetable oil in this recipe.
  8. How can I prevent my cake from sinking in the middle?
    • To prevent the cake from sinking, make sure not to overmix the batter and avoid opening the oven door frequently during baking.


  1. For a moister cake, add a tablespoon of orange juice or apple cider vinegar to the batter.
  2. To ensure even baking, rotate the cake halfway through the baking time.
  3. For a decorative touch, garnish the frosted cake with additional chopped pecans or carrot curls before serving.
  4. For a lighter frosting, you can reduce the amount of powdered sugar in the frosting recipe to your taste preference.

With these detailed instructions, FAQs, and handy tips, you’re well-prepared to embark on your carrot cake baking adventure. Enjoy the process and savor each delightful bite of this classic dessert!

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