Pumpkin Carrot Cake

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4.91 from 11 votes
Pumpkin Carrot Cake is the dessert that you did not know that you needed. It is a super moist and tender cake that is easy to make and perfect for almost any occasion and any time of the year.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Pumpkin Carrot Cake

Pumpkin Carrot Cake is the dessert that you did not know that you needed. It is a super moist and tender cake that is easy to make and perfect for almost any occasion and any time of the year.

Pumpkin Carrot Cake

This pumpkin carrot cake will become one of your favorite cakes because it combines the best flavors of a carrot cake and a pumpkin cake. This moist cake will be the dessert you are asked to bring to every family gathering or special event.

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What We Love About This Recipe

Carrot cake with pumpkin is so flavorful and spicy. It impacts so much goodness in such a little slice. This pumpkin carrot cake recipe is not only for the fall season, pumpkin season but is a great addition to any gathering. It will get rave reviews. The warmth of the cinnamon and the rich pumpkin can not be missed. What is pumpkin really? Find out here.

  • Less than an Hour: Homemade cake with cream cheese frosting in less than an hour.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry or fridge.
  • Family Friendly: What is not to love with this tempting cake.
  • Adaptable: Can make it with different nuts and different spices.
Pumpkin Carrot Cake with a piece on a fork.

Ingredient Notes

All the traditional cake ingredients such as flour, white sugar, brown sugar, eggs, baking soda, vanilla extract, vegetable oil etc plus:

  • Pumpkin Puree: This adds the extra moistness to the cake do not use pumpkin pie filling.
  • Crushed Pineapple: Adds that hint of tang and sweetness.
  • Grated Carrots: Fresh carrots are so sweet and so tender.
  • Chopped Walnuts: That little crunch that you need
  • Shredded Coconut: A little surprise that makes the cake so much better.
  • Cream Cheese: Perfect for the top of the cake.
  • Butter: Smooth and rich addition to the icing.

Equipment Needed

How to Make Carrot Pumpkin Cake

These are the basic steps for making Carrot Pumpkin Cake. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

STEP 1: PREP

First, pre heat oven and prepare your cake pan. Then combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a small bowl and then in a measuring cup, stir together milk and lemon juice.

STEP 2: BEAT

Next, beat sugar, pumpkin, large eggs, brown sugar and vegetable oil together in a large bowl until combined. Add in pineapple, carrots and wet ingredients and mix carrot cake mix until combined and then gradually add in the dry ingredients.Fold in 1 cup of walnut and coconut.

STEP 3: BAKE

Finally, pour batter into 2 greased, 9 inch cake pans. Bake and allow the cake cool.

STEP 4: Cream Cheese Frosting

Begin by, beating cream cheese and butter in a large mixer bowl and then gradually beat in powdered sugar. Lastly, stir in orange juice and vanilla.

STEP 5: Assemble

To assemble cake, frost between layered, on top and sides of cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. Garnish with remaining walnuts for the finished product.

Prep and Storage Tips

HOW TO MAKE THIS SWEET TREAT AHEAD OF TIME

If your cake is iced and decorated, it will keep for about 1 week in the refrigerator.

HOW TO STORE THIS FAVORITE CAKE RECIPE

The best method is to store in an airtight container or cake plate wrapped with plastic wrap.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS DELICIOUS CAKE RECIPE

Frozen cake layers will keep in the freezer for about 2 to 3 months.

Frequently Asked Questions

DIFFERENT SPICES SUCH AS PUMPKIN SPICE?

Indeed you can use different spices, such as Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix.

SUBSTITUTE BUTTERMILK FOR THE MILK AND LEMON JUICE?

Of course, if you have buttermilk readily available, otherwise this hack works great for making it easily.

TOP THE CAKE WITH TANGY CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

You can top or garnish the cake however you like, sugar pumpkins or carrots are a cute touch, nuts are great on top along with the coconut or candied orange peel.

A whole cake with a slice taken out.

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

  • Add Raisins: A sweet surprise to this cake is to add some raisins.
  • Nuts: Pecans or walnuts can be used for this carrot pumpkin cake.
  • Sauce: Top the cake with a decadent caramel sauce.
  • Warm Temperature: Ingredients should be at room temperature for this pumpkin cake. They combine better and create a better cake.

What to Serve with Pumpkin Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

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Pumpkin Carrot Cake
4.91 from 11 votes

Pumpkin Carrot Cake

Yield: 12
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Pumpkin Carrot Cake is the dessert that you did not know that you needed. It is a super moist and tender cake that is easy to make and perfect for almost any occasion and any time of the year.
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Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups pumpkin puree
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple, drained, 8 oz
  • 1 cup grated carrots, about 3 medium
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped walnuts, divided

For the frosting:

  • 11 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup softened butter
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 tsp orange juice
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  • Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a small bowl.
  • In a measuring cup, stir together milk and lemon juice (mixture will appear curdled).
  • Beat sugar, pumpkin, eggs, brown sugar and vegetable oil together in a large bowl until combined. Add in pineapple, carrots and milk mixture and mix until combined.
  • Gradually add in the flour mixture.
  • Fold in 1 cup of walnut and coconut.
  • Pour into 2 greased, 9 inch cake pans.
  • Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes or until a cake tested inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Cool in pans for 15 minutes.
  • Remove to cool racks and cool completely.
  • To make cream cheese frosting, beat cream cheese and butter in a large mixing bowl.
  • Gradually beat in powdered sugar.
  • Stir in orange juice and vanilla.
  • To assemble cake, frost between layered, on top and sides of cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. Garnish with remaining walnuts.
  • Store in refrigerator.

Expert Tips

 
  • Add Raisins: A sweet surprise to this cake is to add some raisins.
  • Nuts: Pecans or walnuts can be used for this carrot pumpkin cake.
  • Sauce: Top the cake with a decadent caramel sauce.
  • Warm Temperature: Ingredients should be at room temperature for this pumpkin cake. They combine better and create a better cake.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 599kcal | Carbohydrates: 98g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 410mg | Potassium: 268mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 77g | Vitamin A: 4421IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 2mg
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Carrot Cake, Cream Cheese Frosting, Pumpkin Cake

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8 thoughts on “Pumpkin Carrot Cake”

  1. 5 stars
    What a perfect pairing! Pumpkin and carrot give so much moisture to this delicious cake. It’s autumn comfort in a luscious dessert.

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  2. 5 stars
    I made this pumpkin carrot cake for my husband’s birthday yesterday and got all raves reviews. The cake is very moist and delicious. It’s a keeper!!

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  3. 5 stars
    I made this Pumpkin Carrot Cake for my husbands birthday yesterday and I could not believe all the raves I got on it.. I will be definitely be making it again. It’s a Keeper!!!!!

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  4. Pumpkin pies and cakes are my favorite deserts! Especially when carrot is one of the ingredients. I enjoyed reading your post Christina.

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  5. I’ve never really been a fan on carrot cake, but I am obsessed with pumpkin, so I would be interested in trying this one.

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