Friday, May 31, 2013

LOADED Caribbean CARROT CAKE with Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting

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This dessert has so much inside you can almost pretend it is healthy (well, until you taste the frosting, but the cake sure is loaded with Caribbean fruits and flavors).

The usual Carrot Cake ingredients... Carrots, walnuts and cake are complimented with banana, coconut and pineapple and then sweetened with an amazing cream cheese/butter pineapple flavored frosting topped with more chunks of pineapple and made pretty with some orange zest!

Since it is served chilled it is a wonderful dessert to serve at an outdoor BBQ party.

Enjoy Indeed!!!

OK... Here's what I did...


  • 1-1/2 Cups Flour
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 3/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1-1/2 Cups grated Carrots
  • 1 Cup Chopped Walnuts
  • 1 Ripe Banana, mashed
  • 1 Cup Canned Crushed Pineapple, (include all but 2 TBS of the juice... Reserve the 2 TBS for the frosting)
  • 1/2 Cup shredded sweetened Coconut
  • 1 tsp Cointreau, Orange Liquor... can substitute Vanilla)
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
Cooking Directions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Whisk together the dry ingredients
  3. Add one egg and the oil... Whisk, add the second egg, whisk
  4. Add the walnuts, carrots, banana, Coconut and pineapple Mix
  5. Add the Cointreau and cinnamon.. Mix
  6. oil and flour the bottom of two cake pans
  7. fill each pan 1 inch of the batter
  8. bake for @40 minutes (use the toothpick method to check that the center of the cake is done, you all know that trick)
  9. Cool Completely (Chill in the refrigerator for a couple of hours) before icing
Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 2 (8 Oz) Packages Cream Cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 Cup Butter softened to room temperature
  • 2 TBS pineapple juice from the can of crushed pineapple used in the cake
  • 1/4 Cup Crushed Pineapple, drained
  • 1 TBS Cointreau (WHY NOT AGAIN??? You can sub Vanilla Extract)
  • 2 Cups Confectioner's Sugar
  • Orange Zest for accent
Cooking Directions
  1. Cream together the butter and cream cheese
  2. Add the pineapple and the juice and Cointreau and cream again
  3. Slowly add the sugar and continue to cream
  4. Add additional Sugar if the frosting is too thin
  5. Let the cake cool completely before you frost
  6. Garnish with Orange Zest
  7. Refrigerate for several hours before serving... Serve CHILLED and ENJOY!

Good enough for a brave husband to serve to his wife's friends and neighbors (see the last couple of  posts for the story of my grilling dinner for the neighborhood book club)!

And for the complete 5 course dinner menu and recipes, look over the last 5 posts!!!  Appetizer,Dinner, Dessert and lots and lots of booze and a good time was had by all!


This simple recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Cakes and Pies at Home"!

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You get the idea. These recipes are simple, delicious and will have your family wanting dessert first...


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