Carrot Cake Is A Vegetable...Right?

Easter is past and I think I must have eaten enough marshmallow eggs to turn me into a bunny...but I did eat a few things from the vegetable group.... scalloped potatoes, asparagus, and my personal favorite...Carrot Cake!

One of my grandmothers owned a restaurant in New York, which I worked in as a teenager.  She had an award winning recipe for Pineapple Carrot Cake that people would come in for every Thursday.  It is the most moist and delish carrot cake I have eaten in my 44 years! The secret to this incredible cake is a buttery toffee sauce that is poured over the cake as it comes out of the hot oven.  When it cools and you top with a cream cheese frosting...every bite melts with buttery sweetness.

Grandma's Pineapple Carrot Cake

2 Cups Flour
2 Teas Baking Soda
2 Teas Cinnamon
1/2 Teas Salt

Sift dry ingredients together and set aside....

3 Eggs
3/4 Cup Oil
3/4 Cup Buttermilk
2 Cups Sugar
2 Teas Vanilla

Mix well.  Add the dry ingredients and mix well.

1 8 0z. Can of Crushed Pineapple
2 Cups Shredded Carrot
1 Cup Flaked Coconut
1 Cup Chopped Nuts

Add pineapple, coconut, carrot and nuts and mix well.  Pour into a greased 9" x 13" glass cake pan and bake a t 350 degrees for approximately one hour or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Prepare glaze....

Buttery Glaze

1 Cup Sugar
1/2 Teas Baking Soda
1/2 Cup Buttermilk
1/4 Pound Butter
1 Tablespoon Corn Syrup
1 Teaspoon Vanilla

Combine all ingredients and boil for 1 minute.  Remove cake from oven and while hot, pour glaze over cake.  Cool completely.  Frost with Cream Cheese Frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

1/4 Pound Butter
1 8oz. Package Cream Cheese
2 Teaspoons Vanilla
2 Cups Powdered Sugar

Combine butter and cream cheese.  Add vanilla, powdered sugar and beat until think and smooth.  Frost over cooled cake.

I hope you enjoy this cake as much as we have over the years.  Because of the incredible richness I make it once maybe twice a year for special occasions.  The Carrot Cake Is A Vegetable Pattern is a free gift to followers of the blog.   Email me at with your address and I will send you this simple cute but very true stitch pattern!  

I hope you had a wonderful Easter with your loved ones and YES Carrot Cake is a vegetable!


  1. Can I profess my love for your grandmother now? I can already tell that this is going to be my new favorite "carrot cake" from looking at the ingredient list.

    Printing! Thank-you!


  2. This was the best carrot cake. Thank-you for letting me share it Abby.

  3. Do I leave the juice in from the pineapple or do I drain it?

  4. You drain it completely! I hope you enjoy this delish cake :)

  5. I made your cake and took it to work and I brought not even a crumb back home! My husband was so disappointed! I will be making it again this weekend especially for him! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!



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