Happy Easter! Carrot Coconut Layer Cake

My dad loves carrot cake. Particularly (mostly) this one. The cake is super moist and flavorful, and the cream cheese frosting makes it divine. I remembered that since it’s Easter (doh), I should probably contribute a recipe to the blog in celebration. Pastel colors? I has none. I know, I’m like the only person with a baking blog in this country without any pastel colors for Easter. Then I found these pictures lingering on my computer…and it suddenly clicked. I thought,”Easter…bunny…carrots…carrot cake!” I cheated though. I totally forgot to buy carrots at the grocery store, so that I could make this for tomorrow. (Ok, that’s a lie–it didn’t even occur to me to make this.) Therefore, I am providing these pictures from a couple of months ago…before I got a tad but better at taking pictures. I never wanted to do this, but I’m going to make an exception because this recipe cannot wait for my trip to the grocery store. I shall share it with you NOW! Trust me, it’s delicious. I might just have to hop to the store tomorrow as fast as I can tomorrow so that I can make this for my family again.

Carrot Coconut Layer Cake
Makes 2 9 inch cakes (for a layer cake)

Cake Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (I sifted mine first)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3 cups peeled and grated carrots
  • 1 cup shredded coconut (I used sweetened)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients – adapted from ‘The Essential Baker

  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Farenheit. Butter the edges and bottom of two 9″ cake pans, and line the bottom of both with parchment paper.

2. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice in a bowl until well combined.

3. In a larger bowl, whisk together the sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, and vegetable oil until well combined and then, blend in eggs one at a time until fully mixed.

4. Slowly add in dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and beat until well combined. Mix in the grated carrots and shredded coconut until fully incorporated.

5. Pour batter evenly into the 9″ cake pans about 2/3 of the way full. Bake in oven for about 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cakes with be puffed up and browned on top.

6. Cool in pans for at least 15 minutes and then transfer over to cooling racks with a baking sheet underneath. Allow to fully cool and make the cream cheese frosting, by mixing the ingredients together until light and fluffy.




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30 responses to “Happy Easter! Carrot Coconut Layer Cake

  1. Liz

    Oh, I’m in love with your cake…a combination of my two favorites! Nicely done~

  2. wow! that cake looks amazing!

  3. Julianna

    This looks fantastic. My husband loves carrot cake (but not my recipe for carrot cake) and jokingly taunts me by mentioning some great carrot cake he had once at a potluck… looking at your recipe I think I might finally beat out this mysterious potluck carrot cake at last! thanks for sharing (and ps I’m happy to see an easter food post without pastelly-food colouring, it’s refreshing!).

  4. it looks lovely! youre hilarious btw.. haha.. happy easter!

    • I try to stop my dorky goofball self from seeping too much into my blog, but it doesn’t always work–even after some editing lol. Happy Easter to you too, thanks for stopping by! πŸ˜€

  5. This looks amazing! I love the idea of mixing coconut flavors with carrot- such a good idea.

    • Shellina–thanks, it adds good flavor and I love the texture. I probably wouldn’t make carrot cake without coconut again unless I knew somebody didn’t like coconut. πŸ˜›

  6. Dee

    This looks delightful! I never thought of using pumpkin pie spice in my carrot cake.

  7. I love everything about this cake … ESPECIALLY the coconut AND that there are no raisins! Happy Easter!

  8. deliciously layered looks wonderful

  9. Wow this cake looks amazing!!! I’ve never put coconut over a carrot cake like that. Yum!

  10. Carrot and coconut! A perfect combo. Beautiful! : )

  11. What a fabulous cake! The coconut flakes atop make it extremely beautiful.

  12. It looks wonderful…moist and flavourful. Your pictures are pretty good for “before I got a tad better”! Great Easter recipe.

  13. Oh man! Coconut and carrot cake are two of my favorite thing. I have no doubt I’ll be making this as soon as I have time to go get myself some carrots! It looks heavenly, thanks so much for the recipe.
    Thanks for the comments on my blog too! I hope you enjoy the recipes and be sure to let me know what you think of them whenever you get around to making them!
    Hope you have an amazing week!
    XX, Rachel

    • Thanks Rachel! I definitely will let you know, I saved a couple of recipes on my “need to make soon” list, and I’m sure they will be delicious. You know how to pair flavors together very well. I hope your week is amazing too! πŸ™‚

  14. Oh my goodness!! Carrot cake plus coconut, wow! What a wonderful job you did on this cake, no wonder your dad likes it so much! Good for you for using the photo that you found, it’s too pretty not to be on your blog!

  15. I would get along very well with your dad, I adore carrot cake, and this one looks amazing!

  16. Beautiful cake. I cannot pass up a piece of carrot cake…esp at this time of year. I crave it so. πŸ™‚

  17. Carrot cake and coconut cake are two of my favorites…. this has to be a winner!! Lovely lovely lovely!

  18. Yum.. Coconut is my favorite. and amazing combination with carrot cake! I will eat this every day!

  19. i bought a bunch of carrots over the weekend and now i finally know what i will be using them in πŸ˜‰

  20. Oh this looks amazing-I’m glad you didn’t wait for the whole going to the grocery store bit. I love the coconut and that there are no pastel colors involved!

  21. this looks kinda like my Best Carrot Cake Ever…we should have a carrot-cake-off! looks delicious!

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