Tropical Carrot Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting

Recipe by Bev I Am
READY IN: 24hrs 30mins
SERVES: 8-10




  • For Cake: Preheat oven to 350.
  • Butter three 9" diameter cake pans with 1 1/2"-high sides.
  • Line bottom with parchment paper.
  • Combine 1/3 cup flour and next three ingredients in processor.
  • Process until nuts are finely chopped.
  • Whisk remaining two cups flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and baking soda in medium bowl to blend.
  • Using electric mixer, beat sugar and oil in large bowl to blend.
  • Add eggs one at a time, beat well after each addition.
  • Beat in vanilla.
  • Beat in flour-spice mixture.
  • Stir in coconut-macadamia nut mixture, then carrots and crushed pineapple.
  • Divide batter among pans.
  • Bake until tester inserted into center of cakes comes out clean, about 30 minutes.
  • Cool in pans, on rack 1 hour.
  • Run knife around edge of pans to loosen cakes.
  • Turn cakes out onto racks; cool completely.
  • For Frosting: Beat cream cheese and butter in large bowl until smooth.
  • Beat in powdered sugar, then cream of coconut and both extracts.
  • Chill until firm enough to spread.
  • ,about 30 minutes.
  • Place one cake layer, flat side up on platter.
  • Spread 3/4 cup frosting over top of cake.
  • Top with second cake layer, flat side up.
  • Spread 3/4 cup of frostin gover.
  • Top with third cake layer, rounded side up, pressing slightly to adhere.
  • Spread thin layer of frosting over top and sides of cake.
  • Chill cake and remaining frosting 30 minutes.
  • Spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake.
  • Arrange whole nuts and ginger around top edge of cake.
  • Chill 1 hour (Cake can be made one day ahead. Cover with cake dome and chill. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour before serving.).