My Sister’s Carrot Cake

My Sister’s “Bestest” Carrot Cake Recipe

by Nanny Bubby

My sister and I are nine years apart. We are almost complete opposites in so many ways, and yet we dearly love each other as most sisters do. I love to cook but have never liked baking. Of course, she hates cooking but loves to bake. She found this recipe and shared it with me. We always have loved it and kiddingly always say, “This is the ‘BESTEST’ Carrot Cake anywhere.” Hope you like it as much as we all do.

Total Time:

1 hour 30 minutes





  • 2 c. flour
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 3 c. grated carrots
  • 4 eggs room temperature
  • 1 ½ c. Coconut oil
  • 8 oz. cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups chopped pecans


  • 8 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 stick butter room temperature
  • 1 lb. box powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.


For the Cake

  • Combine the flour, sugar and carrots in the mixer on low speed.
  • Add the eggs, oil, cream cheese and mix on medium for one minute.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and mix on medium for another minute.
  • Pour into two 8-inch cake pans and bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool on a rack out of the pan.

For the Frosting

  • Cream thoroughly the cream cheese and butter.
  • Sift and slowly add the powdered sugar. Mix well and then add the vanilla.
  • If the Frosting is too thick for your taste you can thin it by adding milk one Tbsp. at a time.
  • When cakes have cooled ,place the first layer top side down on the platter. Smooth frosting on the flat side facing up thoroughly.
  • Place the second layer flat side down on the frosting. Layer the top and the sides if you wish.
  • Decorate with grated carrots on top and some crumbled candied ginger.

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