Friday, October 30, 2020

Best Ever Carrot Cake for your Halloween at Home from Vicki Delany

Many of us won’t be taking the kids or grandkids trick-or-treating this year, or gathering for big parties. But if you’re planning a small get together with your family or friends on the deck or in the back yard,  maybe next to a firepit or snuggled under blankets with a warm drink in hand, this carrot cake would be absolutely perfect for that cool fall evening.

Simply Great Carrot Cake

2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 ½ cups granulated sugar

3 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup vegetable oil

2 cups finely grated carrots

1 can crushed pineapple, drained

1 cup shredded coconut

1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 13 X 9 inch baking pan and line with parchment.

Sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, baking power and salt in a medium bowl.  Set aside

With an electric mixer, beat sugar and eggs on high until thickened and pale yellow. Beat in vanilla, then beat in oil in a thin stream until well combined

Stir dry ingredients into egg mixture, along with carrots, pineapple coconut and walnuts until well combined

Spoon batter into the prepared pan, smoothing surface with a spatula

Bake for 40 to 45 minutes

Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes then remove from pan and let cool completely before icing the cake with your favourite cream cheese icing.  

The perfect Hallowe’en read. The Spook in the Stacks, the fourth Lighthouse Library mystery by Eva Gates. As Halloween approaches and the veil between the worlds thins the Bodie Island Classic Novel Reading Club is reading The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and librarian Lucy Richardson wonders if something unworldly is moving out in the marsh.


  1. Fun.
    And you can decorate it, too. And/or color the icing orange.

  2. I have been thinking of carrot cake. Have never tried to make one before but happen to have the ingredients. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Hope it turns out, Lil. It should, oil based cakes are fairly easy.