I was never really a fan of carrot cakes all these while probably because I never had any good experience eating a good carrot cake out there. Maybe the thought of eating a “vegetable” cake deterred me from wanting to try this out compared to chocolate cakes or cheese cakes. Anyway, not any longer ever since we got ourselves a Fagor oven in our new house. Carrot cake rocks! More so when it is topped with lemon cream cheese frosting and eaten slightly chilled.

My wife made this a couple of weeks back and I’m now a fan of carrot cakes. Moist and nutritious, this carrot cake is laden with freshly grated carrots, sweetened pineapples, oven-toasted walnuts and plump raisins. I think the best part that there is no mixer involved (with a little caveat that a mixer would be required to prepare the frosting). Just get yourself a big bowl and spatula and give it a good mix ala manual 😉

What makes this carrot cake so special that I have decided to call it the Ultimate Carrot Cake Recipe? Well, it’s been handed down from my mother-in-law to my wife, it tastes good as reported by many who have tasted this and most of all, one piece is never enough. Need I say more? 😀

This is my mother-in-law’s recipe for Carrot Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting


  • 240 grammes carrots (grated)
  • 120 grammes tinned pineapples (tinned, drained and chopped)
  • 60 grammes raisins (lightly chopped)
  • 60 grammes walnuts (toasted, cooled and chopped coarsely)
  • 240 grammes self-raising flour
  • 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 teaspoons nutmeg powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons vanilla essence (add to eggs)
  • 3 eggs
  • 200 210 grammes castor sugar
  • 180 ml cooking oil

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 30 60 grammes butter (room temperature)
  • 60 230 grammes cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 30 230 grammes icing sugar (sifted)
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind (grate the skin)


Sift the flour with soda and baking powder. Add castor sugar.

Beat Whisk eggs lightly until frothy in a separate bowl. Add in vanilla essence.

Pour egg mixture into the flour and stir well. Then add grated carrots followed by cooking oil. Add in the chopped pineapples and stir well.

Then add in the raisins and walnuts.

Pour mixture into a greased and floured tray and bake in a preheated oven at 170°C for 45 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to stand to cool before applying a thin layer of frosting.

Cake is best served chilled.


Beat Put cream cheese and butter in the a bowl of using a hand-held or an electric mixer. Beat on low speed till blended. Gradually add icing sugar (sifted) and continue beating until smooth.

Add vanilla essence and grated lemon and allow to beat till well combined.

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  1. 1
    SL Ho
    May 29th, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Hi, if I were to replace the pineapples with applesauce, how much applesauce would I need?


  2. 2
    May 30th, 2012 at 9:46 am

    SL : Hi, do use the amended recipe. Tastes better and healthier 😀

  3. 3
    May 30th, 2012 at 9:50 am

    SL : Erm….unfortunately, I’m unable to answer your question because I’ve not tried that before. However, I suspect that the end result may not be desired because applesauce is a puree of stewed apples whereas the pineapples used in this recipe are from cubes. Texture and taste would be very different. Do try this recipe in its original form for an idea of how it would turn out.

  4. 4
    August 13th, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Tried the recipe but forgot to add in the nutmeg and cinnamon powder. >> its not included in the procedure ~.~

  5. 5
    Mrs Roy
    October 18th, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Hi Pablo,
    A superb cake… i tried it and it was wonderful.. juz the way i wanted my carrot cake to be… i omitted the pineapples and used brown sugar instead of white…..everyone in my family commented and said ‘nicer than secret recipe’s carrot cake’… woww… and i was asked to bake one for my father in law’s birthday tomorrow…this recipe will be in my favourite collection forever!!

  6. 6
    October 26th, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Mrs Roy : I am glad to hear that you’ve successfully baked this cake and have earned rave reviews yourself. Well done!

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