Triple Layer Carrot Cake

Chilling Time10 min


  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons crushed, drained pineapple
  • 4 cups loosely packed shredded carrots (about 6 carrots)
  • 1 cup shredded coconut (or raisins, or both)
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (we used walnuts)
  • 3/4 cup soft butter (1.5 sticks)
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese at room temperature
  • 2 sticks butter at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (for garnish)


For the Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350º and grease three 9-inch cake pans.
  2. Cut circles from parchment or waxed paper to fit the pans, lay them in the bottom and grease them.
  3. Measure flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt into a large bowl and fluff with a fork to mix.
  4. Combine sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl and mix with an electric mixer on low until creamy, about 2 minutes.
  5. Add the dry ingredients gradually with mixer on low, scraping down the bowl and mixing until all dry ingredients are mixed in.
  6. Add the pineapple and carrots and mix on medium low for 1 minute.  Stir in the coconut and nuts by hand.
  7. Pour batter into the prepared pans and bake for 30-35 minutes. (Top of cake should spring back and not leave fingerprints when cake is done; or insert a toothpick in the center.  The toothpick should come out clean with no wet crumbs.)
  8. Remove cake layers from pans and place upside down a cooling rack for 10 minutes. Carefully peel off the paper liner from the bottom when cool enough.

For the Frosting

  1. In an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, butter, milk and vanilla on medium high until mixed and fluffy, for 2 minutes. 
  2. Scrape down the bowl with a rubber scraper.
  3. Add the powdered sugar gradually and continue to beat until frosting is mixed, adding a bit more milk if necessary to reach a spreadable consistency. 

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