Recipe by Sydney Mike
Over the years I've grown tired of the somewhat dry carrot cakes and the cream cheese frosting, so when the original of this recipe came to my attention I was intrigued with it. From time to time I reworked it, finally settling on this current version. One of the things I like about it is that with a little imagination, this cake can also be made into a Pineapple Upside Down Carrot Cake!
Top Review by Engrossed
Very nice, dark, heavy, moist choc full of raisins and flavor carrot cake. I made it according to the recipe except I omitted the coconut and forgot the vanilla in the glaze. It still turned out fabulous. I've never made a carrot cake like it! I can't figure out what it reminds me of...date nut bread?...Mine baked for only 55 minutes until testing clean. I found this even better after the 2nd day. It doesn't need it but I think I'd like to try this with cream cheese frosting. Thanks for the keeper recipe Sydney Mike!
- 2 1⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 3 eggs, room temperature
- 3⁄4 cup vegetable oil
- 3⁄4 cup buttermilk
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, well drained
- 4 1⁄2 cups carrots, grated
- 1 1⁄2 cups walnuts, chopped
- 1 1⁄2 cups coconut, grated
- 2 cups golden raisins, chopped
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1⁄2 cup buttermilk
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
- 1⁄2 cup unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease & flour a 13"x9" baking dish, preferably glass.
- In a large bowl, whisk or sift together flour, soda, cinnamon & salt.
- In a medium bowl, beat eggs, then add oil, buttermilk, sugar & vanilla, & blend well.
- Add this egg mixture to the dry ingredients, mixing thoroughly, then stir in the pineapple, carrots, valnuts, coconut & raisins, & mix well.
- Pour into prepared baking dish & bake at least 65-70 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- For the glaze-- 10 MINUTES BEFORE THE CAKE IS DONE-- in a saucepan mix the sugar, soda, buttermilk, corn syrup & butter, then bring to a boil & boil 5 minutes. Remove from heat & add vanilla.
- Remove the cake from the oven & with a skewer or knife poke a number of holes into the hot cake, making sure the holes reach the bottom of the cake.
- Slowly pour the hot glaze over the hot cake, carefully spreading it all over the top of the cake, until it is absorbed.
- Let the cake cool completely, then refrigerate. DO NOT REHEAT THE CAKE!