Susan’s Famous Carrot Cake

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I am so fortunate to have a mother-in-law that makes and shares delicious dishes and desserts with us. Shout-out to Susan for all the yummy recipes! After receiving this gorgeous 12-inch porcelain cake stand (affiliate link) from Sweese, it seemed time that her famous carrot cake make a debut on the blog. Sweese sells kitchenware that is efficient, durable, and simply beautiful. I love the clean colors and variety of products that they sell. I was so impressed with the cake stand that they sent me that I want to use it over and over again. Check out their entire collection here!

My husband was so happy to have a fresh carrot cake in the house this weekend. And to be honest… so was I! Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think! Be sure to tag Sweet Pea Living on Facebook or Instagram and use the hashtag #sweetpealiving to share it. You can also let me (and Susan) know how this recipe goes by leaving a comment below. We can’t wait to see how this delicious cake turns out for you!

Susan’s Famous Carrot Cake

Sweet Pea Living
A delightfully moist carrot cake with sweet almond-extract frosting.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10 people


  • Parchment Paper
  • Two 9-inch circular cake pans
  • Cake stand


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 12 oz pureed carrot baby food
  • 20 oz crushed pineapple drained well
  • 1 cup golden raisins chopped


  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 16 oz cream cheese
  • 4-6 cups powdered sugar depending on consistency
  • 1 tsp almond extract


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large mixing bowl, combine dry cake ingredients and mix well.
  • Add eggs, vegetable oil, baby food, and pineapple. Mix well and fold in golden raisins.
  • Line two 9-inch cake pans with parchment paper. Divide cake mix between the two pans and trim parchment paper. Bake for 45 – 50 minutes and allow to cool completely.
  • Combine butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and almond extract. Mix until fluffy and light. Transfer to refrigerator.
  • Once cakes are cool, transfer one layer of cake to a platter. Top the layer with frosting and add second cake layer on top. Decorate as desired and refrigerate until ready to be served. Enjoy!


Keyword Carrot Cake, Homemade, Vegetarian
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