Recipe By Brian D'Amico
Published Nov 8th
Prep 20m Cook 1h Additional 20m Ready In 1h 40m
Servings 1 - 8x12 inch pan Calories 374.3

My Grandfather (Sam) was famous for this cake. Everyone who knew him, knows of his famous carrot cake. He would always have some available for anyone who wanted it. We’ll miss him, but his carrot cake legacy will always live on! Enjoy!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ cups white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple with juice
  • 1 cup raisins

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8x12 inch pan.
  2. 2 In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. 3 In a large bowl, combine eggs, buttermilk, oil, sugar and vanilla. Mix well. Add flour mixture and mix well.
  4. 4 In a medium bowl, combine shredded carrots, coconut, walnuts, pineapple and raisins.
  5. 5 Using a large wooden spoon or a very heavy whisk, add carrot mixture to batter and fold in well.
  6. 6 Pour into prepared 8x12 inch pan, and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 1 hour. Check with toothpick.
  7. 7 Allow to cool for at least 20 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 374.3
  • Carbohydrate 48.7 g
  • Cholesterol 37.7 mg
  • Fat 18.8 g
  • Fiber 2.5 g
  • Protein 5.2 g
  • Saturated Fat 3.6 g
  • Sodium 259.4 mg
  • Sugar 31.4 g


  1. Robin BERRYHILL Jan 30, 2022 09:53 PM
    My family loves this carrot cake. It is by far the best I have ever made. I get rave reviews whenever I share this cake. I have one in the oven now. I do make mine in a 9 x 13 pan. That’s the only thing I do different. Yum!
  2. Okay, I've baked this cake over 20 times and so I consider myself an expert on this recipe. (I always mentally thank "Grampa Sam" every time I bake it.) First of all, to "clwguy," who gave this recipe a 1-star rating: YES, LEAVING OUT THE PINEAPPLE WILL MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN THE RESULT! You - Read more ...
  3. I made this carrot cake because it had everything (coconut, walnuts, pineapple, and raisins) plus buttermilk. The only change I made was to put it into two round cake pans. If you do this reduce the cooking time by 15 minutes. I topped the cake with "whipped cream cream cheese frosting" from this site which - Read more ...
  4. This is AMAZING! So Moist and filling and the flavour even develops more beatifully over the days. I First made this for mothers day and my mother claims this IS the BEST carrot cake ever tasted. Family has requested it again and again and also makes a lovely morning tea snack as it is quite - Read more ...
  5. Bravo,this is a wonderful recipie...I took a hint from a Gourmet magazine recipie and added grated rind of a lemon. In addition, I made the cream cheese icing with grated lemon rind and lemon juice..this cut the sweetness of the cake and gave it a glorious citrus flavour!!!!!!!!!
  6. I have to say that I was very disappointed with this recipe. After reading all the great reviews I thought this would be great, but then nearly everyone who gave 4+ stars modified the recipe in some way. I followed the recipe exactly and got a dense and moist, yet bland, unsweet, oily cake which - Read more ...
  7. This cake is FANTASTIC!! Omitted the raisins, baked it in a 13X9 pan for 45 minutes, and topped it off with a thick layer of cream cheese frosting. This is the only carrot cake recipe I'll use from now on. My husband's favorite!
  8. Oh my goodness !!!! This was the ultimate best carrot cake I have ever had...and my guests agreed. As others recommended, I used Cream Cheese Frosting II. It was equally delicious. I used two 9 inch cake pans. The cook time was approx. 45 minutes at recommended temperature. I sprinkled cake with crushed & whole - Read more ...
  9. My daughter and I tried 5 different carrot cake recipes to find one suitably delicious for a wedding cake and settled on this one. Even though this site says that the 'Best Carrot Cake Ever' is the best, this recipe won out over it as we had a family and friends "taste-off" before we made - Read more ...
  10. Modestly, I must rate this the best carrot cake ever since Sam was my grandfather. I wanted to post a public message thanking all those who have reviewed this recipe and gave it such high marks. I hope you all continue to enjoy it!

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