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Carrot Cake with Pecan Frosting

My husband constantly requests this homey, old-fashioned version of carrot cake. The frosting is still tasty even without the pecans. —Adrian Badon, Denham Springs, Louisiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 can (8 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups shredded carrots (about 6 medium carrots)
  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  • Preheat oven to 325°. Line bottoms of 2 greased 9-in. round baking pans with parchment; grease paper.
  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in pineapple. In another bowl, whisk flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in carrots.
  • Transfer batter to prepared pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 40-45 minutes. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks; remove paper. Cool completely.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla until blended. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Stir in pecans.
  • Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake. Refrigerate until serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 557 calories, 27g fat (10g saturated fat), 72mg cholesterol, 358mg sodium, 74g carbohydrate (57g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • John
    Apr 19, 2020

    I started having a craving for this when I saw the picture a few weeks ago. Yesterday I attended a zoom birthday party for my 1 year old grandson. Several folks had cake which further inspired me, so last night I baked this cake substituting vegan cream cheese and butter because I have a lactose intolerance. It is delicious! Great last night and even better today.

  • Deborah
    Sep 27, 2018

    Can this cake be made without the pineapple? To me pineapple ruins the flavor of a good carrot cake. If so are there any substitutions I should make?

  • Emma
    Mar 22, 2017

    Great recipe. Another great Easter recipe to try.

  • TRLady
    Apr 8, 2016

    This cake was loved by my family! It was moist and very flavorful with an excellent frosting. I will be making this again!

  • portraitperson
    Mar 28, 2016

    Not a difficult cake to make, but read better than it tasted. Took much longer to bake to end than recipe specified. Also, broke down badly when it was cut, so a crumbly mess. Taste was for us pleasant yet unremarkable.

  • kimfinstad
    Mar 24, 2016

    Excellent, for the frosting I replaced the pecans with crushed pineapple.

  • rillingjr
    Mar 24, 2016

    same recipe as I have used for years and yes a 9x13 is great for this cake.

  • melel1717
    Mar 24, 2016

    This has to be the BEST TASTING carrot cake I've ever eaten!!! I have quite a few recipes but this is simple yet has an excellent crumb, texture and taste. I added a cup of walnuts to the recipe. You will have to dust the walnuts in flour so they won't sink to the bottom. ENJOY.....

  • DAveOR
    Mar 24, 2016

    wondering if I can just use 1 9x13 pan instead of 2 round pans? I don't have any round ones. It is different than the carrot cake I usually bake, have to give it a rating to submit.

  • Cwedding1
    Oct 27, 2015

    OMG, so darn gooood!! Not a crumb left from the potluck supper!