Since it’s Friday and the first day of Spring, I decided we should celebrate with cake!  I made this super moist, rich carrot cake that includes pineapple and coconut. What?  Well, let’s not stop there…it also has a buttermilk glaze and it topped off with a sour cheese icing.  With every bite of this cake you can taste the sweet pineapple along with tender carrot all wrapped up in delicious cake.
I hope that you’ll take some time this weekend to celebrate spring no matter what the weather is in your part of the world. It’s been a long, nasty winter and I think we all deserve a sweet treat so, I’m grabbing a big slice of carrot cake and a cup of coffee ~ cheers friends!

 

homemade carrot cake
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Carrot Cake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hrs
 

Brighten up your carrot cake by making it with pineapple and coconut, topped off with a sour cheese icing.

Course: Cake, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Author: Donya | asouthernsoul.com
Ingredients
Carrot Cake
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 large eggs – room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup butter milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups grated carrot
  • 1 can (8 oz) crushed pineapple – drained
  • 1/3 cup flaked coconut
Buttermilk Drizzle
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Sour Cream Icing
  • 4 tablespoons butter – softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
Instructions
Carrot Cake
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease and flour a bundt pan.
  3. Stir together first 4 ingredients.
  4. Beat eggs and next 4 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth.
  5. Add flour mixture, beating at low speed until blended.
  6. Fold in carrot, pineapple and coconut.
  7. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake cake for 45 to 50 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.
  8. Drizzle buttermilk glaze over cake and cool in pan for 15 minutes.
  9. Gently remove cake from pan and continue to cool on wire rack.
  10. Pour cream cheese icing over cake. Slice and serve.
Buttermilk Drizzle
  1. Bring first 5 ingredients to a boil in a large heavy bottom pot at med-high heat.
  2. Cook, stirring often for 4 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla.
Sour Cream Icing
  1. Using a hand mixer, cream butter, sour cream, vanilla and lemon juice until smooth.
  2. Gradually add confectioners sugar.
  3. Add salt and mix until smooth.
  4. Pour icing around top of cake allowing it to run down the sides.
Recipe Notes

Original recipe from Southern Living, October 1997

homemade carrot cake