Tropical Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and Toasted Coconut

With the warmer weather ahead, it has inspired this moist and delicious carrot cake, not to mention all the carrots I have received in my farm shares. I am officially back part-time on the farm this week and have made this cake to celebrate with my farm family. Even though we are physically distancing, its so wonderful to be back to lend a hand for harvest. Since this recipe features local carrots, it will be this weeks farm share recipe feature.

Hope you enjoy it as much as our farmers did!



3/4 cup avocado oil

1 cup dark brown sugar

4 eggs, room temperature

1/3 cup sour cream

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cup all-purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 tbsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp ground ginger

3 large carrots, scrubbed and finely grated

8 oz crushed pineapple, drained

Cream Cheese Frosting

28 oz cream cheese, room temperature 

4 cup icing sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/3 cup toasted coconut pieces


Preheat oven to 350F and butter a 9x5 loaf pan.

In a large bowl, whisk together oil, brown sugar, eggs, sour cream and vanilla. In another bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices. Whisk well the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Stir in carrots and pineapple. Pour batter into loaf pan and bake in preheated oven for 45-55 minutes until dark golden and cooked through. Insert a skewer in centre of loaf to ensure it comes out clean. Be careful not to over bake the loaf. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Then transfer loaf to wire wrack to completely cool.

While loaf is baking, make frosting. In a large bowl beat cream cheese for one minute until fluffy. Add in icing sugar and vanilla and whisk until creamy and fluffy. Place in refrigerator to set while loaf is cooling.

 Ice cake and sprinkle top with toasted coconut.

SERVINGS 6-8| PREP & COOK TIME approx. 1 hour

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