Carrot cake with pineapple and coconut

carrot cake with pinapple

Carrot cake is not a Swedish cake, but you can find it in every Swedish cafe. Swedes love carrot cake. This is made with an upgraded recipe with moist pineapple and crispy coconut! When I make a simple carrot cake, I use the perfect recipe from Leila Lindholm. It’s as good as a plain carrot cake can be. It’s the only recipe I have used since I tried it.

On the other hand, it took me many years to try and eat a carrot cake. It sounded weird to have carrot in a cake. One of the first time I had a carrot cake and I like it was when I lived in Shanghai for almost 8 years ago. There was a café called Wagas (I think the founder is Danish) and they had a great carrot cake. I remember it included chunks of pineapple and walnuts. This is a try to recreate that flavour, but I have skipped the walnuts and changed for coconut. Have you seen my sponge cake with coconut and pineapple? The idea came when I was making that cake.

So try something different and bake this delicious cake!

Recipe for supermoist carrot cake with pineapple and coconut

  • 3 eggs
  • 3 dl sugar
  • 3 dl flour
  • 1 pinch of vanilla powder
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 0.5 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1.5 dl natural tasting oil (I use canola)
  • 4.5 dl finely grated carrots
  • 2 slices of canned pineapple, chopped
  • 0.3-0.5 dl large coconut flakes
  • 150 g cream cheese
  • 90 g salted butter, room temperature
  • 6 dl icing sugar
  • 1 pinch of vanilla powder
  • 1-2 limes, zest
  • Coconut flakes

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C. Grease a 23-24 cm baking pan and dust it with breadcrumbs.

Beat the eggs and sugar white and fluffy. Mix flour, vanilla, baking powder, salt and the spices and gently blend them into the batter.

Add the oil, carrots, pineapple and coconut flakes and mix gently. Pour the batter the baking pan and bake for about 50-55 minutes in the middle of the oven. Let the cake cool down.

Whisk together all the ingredients for the icing and spread it on the cake (or pipe it out). Garnish with coconut flakes.

Variation ideas for this fika

Change the coconut for walnuts if you like nuts! Or just skip the pineapple and coconut if you like a plain carrot cake. It will be the best carrot cake you have tried anyway!

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