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Carrot Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Author: Kitschen Cat
  • Yield: 16 1x




  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ cup buttermilk or 1 cup of milk and 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¾ vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ cups white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla (affiliate) extract
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon (affiliate)
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (affiliate)
  • 1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple in juice
  • ¾ cup golden raisins {soaked in ¼ cup of orange juice and 2 tablespoons spiced rum}

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

  • Two 8 oz packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick unsalted butter (affiliate)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup (affiliate)
  • ¾ cup heavy whipping cream



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour three, 9 inch round cake pans.
  2. In a large bowl, combine eggs, buttermilk, oil, sugar and vanilla. Mix well.
  3. Stir in flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and allspice. Combine until all ingredients are moist.
  4. Add shredded carrots, coconut, walnuts, raisin mixture, and pineapple. Fold in gently until fully combined.
  5. Pour batter into the 3 prepared cake pans and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Turn cakes out onto cooling rack until cool to the touch.

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Combine and whip cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, and maple syrup until light and fluffy.
  2. Spread ½ inch of frosting between layers of carrot cake.
  3. Whip heavy whipping cream until it doubles in volume and forms a stiff peak. Fold whipping cream into remainder of frosting, then frost top layer of cake. **as thick as desired.

**Optional bacon/walnut garnish

  1. Chop 5 slices of bacon and fry in skilled on medium heat until starting to crisp.
  2. Add in ½ cup of chopped walnuts and 2 Tablespoons of brown sugar, stir over medium heat until everything is caramelized (2-3 minutes).
  3. Pour mixture out onto wax paper to cool.
  4. Sprinkle over top of layer cake.