Carrot Cake

filed under: Cakes on March 26, 2012

We’ve got a little business to do today.  I have lots of fun things to share!

1. I made a cake.  A carrot cake.  And it’s wonderful.


Carrot Cake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins

We’ve got a little business to do today. I have lots of fun things to share!

1. I made a cake. A carrot cake. And its wonderful.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Carrot Cake
Servings: 24 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 2 tsp. McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 3 c shredded carrots
  • 1 c chopped pecans
  • 1 can 8 ounces crushed pineapple, undrained
Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 1 pkg 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 c 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 tsp. McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 c sugar
  • 2 c flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. McCormick® Cinnamon Ground
  • 1/2 tsp. McCormick® Nutmeg Ground
  • 1 c oil
  • 1 box 16 ounces confectioners' sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix flour, soda, salt and spices in large bowl. Add remaining ingredients; mix well. Pour into greased and floured 13x9-inch baking pan.

  2. Bake 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack.
  3. For the Cream Cheese Frosting, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Gradually add confectioners' sugar, beating well after each addition.

  4. Frost cooled cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.



Recipe below.

2. I get to share with you a great pinboard by McCormick!

Here is an example of my McCormick Pin-Spiration board.  Please let me know if you make one, I would love to see it and love to follow you on Pinterest!

McCormick would love if you joined in on this fun Spring Pin-spiration event! You will be entered to win one of 25 spring baking kits, and 10 winners will also have their original photos posted on the Look Book!


3. We are going to be dying eggs around here.  Are you?  I wanted to share a couple tips that make egg dying a more enjoyable experience for everyone!

  • Be organized!  Prepare your egg dying space well.  Place newspaper on your table and cover with a couple layers.  Set out as many cups as you need for the colors you have selected.  Have extra water and napkins on hand!
  • Decide how you want to decorate.  If you want to try tie dye eggs plan ahead what colors will work together.  If you want to create designs, get rubber bands and stickers ahead of time.
  • Start getting ready now. Do a little research!  I found this board on Pinterest and cant wait to see if we can replicate some of those beautiful eggs!

Have a happy Easter!

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  • Anne says:

    Easter morning we always have green chile cheese grits, ham and mimosas! That’s spring to me!

  • Martha says:

    Funny you should ask! I LOVE baking carrot cake!
    We have a big family and all year, I bake for everyone else their favorite, so, NO birthdays in the spring, so I make my favorite! Carrot cake! I CANNOT WAIT TO TRY YOUR RECIPE this week!!!

  • Allie H says:

    carrot cake is my favorite thing to make in spring!

  • Amanda K says:

    I’m responsible for the desserts for our family easter celebration this year, so we’re doing a three layer carrot cake, lemon meringue pie, and strawberry shortcake. i love anything fruity and bright for spring though 🙂

  • chonte says:

    i like making Easter basket cupcakes. now that i have a giant cupcake pan i think i’ll make a big one this year

  • Kate W. says:

    anything I can make pastel! 🙂

  • Kelley says:

    Cupcakes! I’m still deciding on a recipe to bake for Easter. This year, I’m thinking birds-nest-themed with Robin’s Eggs on top 🙂

  • Terri says:

    Hi. I enjoy cakes with some type of fruit in it and a light Cool Whip type topping.

    On St. Patty’s Day, I make a cake that has mandarin oranges and pineapple in it. The topping has Pistachio pudding, Cool Whip, etc.

    I also love making a strawberry cake with strawberry puree poured over it after it bakes. It also has a Cool Whip topping. The recipe was on the cake box. Been a favorite for years!


  • Caroline @ chocolate & carrots says:

    Carrot cake is at the top of my list! It’s so springy! 😀 Yours looks absolutely amazing.

  • Shelby G. S.r says:

    Ice cream!

  • Emily S. says:

    Lemon bars. Homemade Cadbury Creme Eggs. Lots of tarts filled with fruit. Need I say more?

  • CJ Pillow says:

    I bake fresh strawberry cake with an icing full of red berries.

  • Jennifer says:

    Hummingbird cake with cream cheese frosting, fresh strawberry cake with strawberry cream cheese frosting, and lemon bars all say spring to me!

  • Karen Lynch says:

    In the spring I love the taste of lemon. It taste like sunshine, lemon bars, lemon meringue pie, lemon chess pie.

  • EmilyKG says:

    My grandmother’s coconut whipped-cream cake, we have it every year at Easter. Thank you

  • Melissa says:

    My go to dessert to make for Spring is usually cupcakes or sometimes I’ll make a berry trifle.

  • Betty Jo says:

    I’m determined to learn how to make homemade lemon squares this spring.

  • Stephanie says:

    I don’t really bake much, but I love any type of cake especially the mandarin orange cake my Memaw makes. So Yummy!

  • Emily says:

    I made a McCormick Pin-spiration board, and I’d love for you to follow me on Pinterest, Amanda!!

  • Lynn says:

    I love to make peach cobbler cupcakes with buttercream flowers.

  • Deb says:

    Spring means strawberry shortcake to celebrate!

  • Mandy W. says:

    I love making jello pinwheels with strawberry jello and marshmallows. The color reminds me of spring.

  • Kelly H. says:

    anything with strawberries – strawberry shortcake especially!

  • Laura R. says:

    Hmm… I’m gonna have to go with traditional sugar cookies in the shapes of eggs, and then decorated with all sorts of goodies: frosting, m&m’s, sprinkles, coconut, and whatever else is in the kitchen!

  • Mary Ellen says:

    I love baking anytime of year, but I especially start thinking Easter bread, light fluffy desserts, and chocolate peanutbutter anything in Spring!

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