Livin' in the Kitchen

Carrot Cake and Weird Pairs

In Cake on February 22, 2011 at 1:43 am

There are some things that just don’t seem to make sense….

Like how my little brother chooses to sit in a doggie bed when our dog won’t go anywhere near it.

Or how one day the weather is 55 degrees and the next it’s snowing,


And how it’s possible that carrots and cake can be so great together,

Carrot Cake is one of my favorite kinds of cake ever. Ever. I guess it would make sense. Afterall it was the first kind of cake I had the pleasure of stuffing my face with. You’ve got to love 1st birthdays.

Unlike my family’s original Carrot Cake recipe, this had nuts, pineapple, and coconut in it. It tastes a lot different than what I’ve been used to but it’s actually really good! This cake is super moist and absolutely delicious. The frosting is runnier than I’d thought, but the flavor made up for it!

 Carrot Cake



   Slightly adapted from: A Southern Grace


1 3/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup coconut milk
3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple, undrained
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 cups shredded carrots
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup walnuts, chopped
Preheat oven to 350F
Combine the coconut milk, sugar, and canola oil. Add one egg at a time, stirring in each before adding the next. Stir in the extracts.
In another, smaller bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinammon together.
Combine the dry and wet ingredients together and add the flaked coconut, the walnuts, and the shredded carrots.
 Bake for 40-50 minutes.
1 cup butter
1 cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon coconut extract
1 teaspoon salt
6 cups powdered sugar
Combine all the ingredients except the powdered sugar.
Slowly add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time. Beat the frosting until all bumps are out.


Carrots + Cake, who would have thought?? But it’s one of the only ways I’ll eat a vegetable. Is that bad?

Off to watch Pretty Little Liars!

  1. Carrot + cake. Weird combination but absolutely work!

  2. you’re right–it’s a random pairing, and i’m so glad whoever happened to create it did so!
    also, i’m enjoying pretty little liars much more than i should… 🙂

  3. I usually like carrot cake best without icing. Icing doesn’t make sense to me on a carrot cake, I think there’s all these beautiful subtle, delicate flavours that get smothered by a half a tonne of cream cheese. Your frosting tempts me to have a re-think.

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