Ultimate Carrot Cake

Betty Crocker's Ultimate Cake Mix Cookbook shares a recipe! Here’s home-baked carrot cake without the hassle of shredding carrots. Yum!

  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 45 min
  • Servings 16

Cake

1
box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ carrot cake mix
1/2
cup orange juice or water
1/2
cup vegetable oil
1
can (8 oz) crushed pineapple in juice, undrained
1
teaspoon orange peel
1
teaspoon vanilla
4
eggs
1/2
cup chopped nuts
1/2
cup coconut
1/2
cup chopped raisins

Frosting

1
to 2 teaspoons orange peel, if desired
1
container (1 lb) Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy cream cheese frosting

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Grease two 8- or 9-inch round cake pans or 13x9-inch pan and lightly flour, or spray with baking spray with flour. In large bowl, beat cake mix, orange juice, oil, pineapple, orange peel, vanilla and eggs on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes. Stir in nuts, coconut and raisins. Pour into pans.
  • 2 Bake 8- or 9-inch rounds 30 to 35 minutes, 13x9-inch pan 37 to 43 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Run knife around side of pans to loosen cakes; remove rounds from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  • 3 Stir orange peel into frosting. Place 1 cake layer, rounded side down, on serving plate. Spread with about 1/3 cup frosting. Place other layer, rounded side up, on top. Frost side and top of cake with remaining frosting or frost top of 13x9-inch cake. Store in refrigerator.

Expert Tips

To cut cake easily, use a thin nonserrated knife.

You can add 3/4 cup finely shredded carrots, if desired.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
380
(
Calories from Fat
170),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
19g
19%
(Saturated Fat
4 1/2g,
4 1/2%
Trans Fat
1 1/2g
1 1/2%
),
Cholesterol
55mg
55%;
Sodium
270mg
270%;
Total Carbohydrate
49g
49%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
34g
34%
),
Protein
3g
3%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
4%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 3 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.