Easy Nova Scotia Carrot Cake

Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr

This recipe is a family favourite with just the right combinations of spices, a moist cake that is definitely a crowd pleaser. If you aren't an expert baker, this can all be done in one saucepan. This is one easy to make cake.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven 350F.
  2. Grease and flour a 9x13" pyrex dish, or 2 5x9" loaf pans.
  3. In a large saucepan combine carrots, raisins, butter, sugar, spices and water and bring to a boil on medium heat.
  4. Cool and add all remaining dry ingredients.
  5. Stir well and pour into prepared baking pan (s).
  6. Bake at 350F for 1 hour, until cake test done.
  7. If desired, frost with your favorite cream cheese frosting and garnish with crushed pineaples and nuts.
  8. Enjoy!


Most Helpful

This was YUMMY! Really easy to make too. I used two medium carrots, which came out to about a cup. The liquid mixture smelled SO Good that I kept having to taste it to make sure that it was really that good. Anyway, I didn't know how long to cool the mixture, so waited about 10 minutes and added to the dry (still pretty hot). It started fizzing & rising immediately, but didn't seem to hurt the finished product.I baked it in a mini-loaf stoneware pan (made 4) for about 45 minutes. It stuck a little on the bottom, so I would grease it better next time. Finished product was a very dark brown color, but was still moist and filled with plumped raisens and those yummy spices! I would have to say that it is more along the lines of a quick bread (banana) than a cake though. But, I will definately email the family and pass this one along. I did freeze a couple, will let you know how they come out.

aderendal September 22, 2003

This bread is yummy with the spices being balanced wonderfully with the sweetness. However, I baked it for 2 hours in my AMC Dutch Oven and it was still not done - very moist inspite of being baked for so long. I think the problem is that I didn't cool the carrot mixture before adding the dry ingredients to it. Since I've made this before, I am quite sure this step is the MOST important one to ensure the successful baking of this bread. All the same, I will be careful next time. Thanks for posting! Please note: I had refrigerated this bread for the last 5 days and it's tasting better than ever now! It's a little hard, but SUPER YUMMY and a real pleasure to dig into;-)!

Charishma_Ramchandani October 03, 2003

I wanted a more cake like substance so I added a half cup of oil, another cup of flower, and two eggs. I baked it in a 9x13 glass pan so my cooking time was less than a hour maybe 35 minutes. I liked the spices and also added nuts. I made a cream cheese frosting made with 1/2 pack cream cheese, 2cups powdered sugar, a splash of milk, and a bit of butter. Thanks for the great recipe!

Boopmom1 October 14, 2008

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