Sam's famous carrot cake

    1 hour 15 min

    My grandfather (Sam) was famous for this 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!

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    Serves: 15 

    • 3 eggs
    • 175ml (6 fl oz) buttermilk
    • 175ml (6 fl oz) vegetable oil
    • 300g (11oz) caster sugar
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 250g (9oz) plain flour
    • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
    • 225g (8oz) grated carrots
    • 75g (3oz) desiccated coconut
    • 125g (4¼oz) chopped walnuts
    • 1/2 (432g) can crushed pineapple with juice
    • 150g (5oz) raisins
    • Topping (optional)
    • 115g (4 oz) unsalted butter
    • 40g (1 1/2 oz) icing sugar
    • 200g cream cheese

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr15min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C (gas mark 4). Grease and flour a 20 x 30cm baking tin.
    2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
    3. In a large bowl, combine eggs, buttermilk, oil, sugar and vanilla. Mix well. Add flour mixture and mix well.
    4. In a medium bowl, combine shredded carrots, coconut, walnuts, pineapple and raisins.
    5. Using a large wooden spoon or a very heavy whisk, add carrot mixture to batter and fold in well.
    6. Pour into prepared baking tin, and bake at 180 degrees C for 1 hour. Check with a skewer. Allow to cool for at least 20 minutes before serving.
    7. If you want to make a cream cheese topping: mix the unsalted butter and icing sugar together until soft and then beat in the cream cheese. Chill briefly before spreading on top of the cake.

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    Used different ingredients. This really is the best carrot cake. I changed 3 things: reg. milk + 1 teaspooon lemon juice in place of buttermilk as I was out of it. 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg was added and also I covered my sultanas with orange juice and brought them to a boil, letting them simmer for a couple of minutes. Took them off the heat and let cool. Drained them and added when prompted by recipe. I had a carrot cake fan taste this and he said it was the best he's ever eaten. It is! Thank you for this recipe.  -  18 Jul 2008


    Made this cake for mothers day- HUGE success! God bless you grampa Sam on a wonderful recipe! DEFINATELY will use this recipe every time I make carrot cake!  -  04 Apr 2011


    Altered ingredient amounts. 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 our final selection. It by far had the most flavour. Not too moist, not too crumbly. At the reception, person after person raved over the cake and asked for the recipe. We had very little left. Just enough so that we could enjoy some the next day. We did make a few minor changes. We omitted the coconut, walnuts and sultanas.  -  18 Jul 2008