Pineapple-Carrot Cake

Fresh orange peel, carrots and pineapple stirred into a convenient cake mix make this cake a delicious winner.

  • Prep Time 35 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 30 min
  • Servings 15

Ingredients

Cake

1
box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ butter recipe yellow cake mix
1
box (4-serving size) vanilla instant pudding and pie filling mix
1/3
cup water
1/3
cup butter, softened
1
to 2 teaspoons grated orange peel
1
teaspoon vanilla
4
eggs
1
can (8 oz) crushed pineapple, undrained
1 1/2
cups finely shredded carrots (2 to 3 large)

Frosting

3
cups powdered sugar
1
package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
2
tablespoons butter, softened
1
teaspoon vanilla
12
chocolate wafer cookies, finely crushed, if desired
15
sugared carrot decorations, if desired
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Spray bottom only of 13x9-inch pan with baking spray with flour. In large bowl, beat all cake ingredients except carrots with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes. Stir in carrots. Pour into pan.
  • 2 Bake 44 to 50 minutes (46 to 54 minutes for dark or nonstick pan) or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely, about 1 1/2 hours.
  • 3 In large bowl, beat powdered sugar, cream cheese, 2 tablespoons butter and the vanilla on low speed until blended. Beat on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Spread frosting over cake. With knife tip, score cake into 5 rows by 3 rows (15 squares).
  • 4 Diagonally on each marked cake piece, sprinkle a small amount of crushed cookies for "dirt." Insert carrot decoration into each piece. Refrigerate 30 minutes before serving. Store covered in refrigerator.

Expert Tips

If desired, use a container of Betty Crocker® Whipped cream cheese frosting in place of the homemade frosting.

Look for the sugared carrot decorations in specialty cake-supply stores or websites.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
370
(
Calories from Fat
120),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
13g
13%
(Saturated Fat
8g,
8%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
90mg
90%;
Sodium
410mg
410%;
Total Carbohydrate
58g
58%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
44g
44%
),
Protein
3g
3%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
45%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
8%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 3 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.