Cracker Barrel Carrot Cake

If you like a moist and flavorful carrot cake, you will love this Cracker Barrel Carrot Cake recipe. This old fashioned carrot cake with pineapple, coconut, walnuts, raisins, and cream cheese frosting is divine. This will be a new favorite dessert in your home.

a slice of carrot cake with cream cheese frosting

Cracker Barrel Carrot Cake

If you like a traditional carrot cake recipe, you will love this copycat Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Carrot Cake. It’s made with a cream cheese frosting that is divine. This will be a new favorite dessert for your family and your go-to homemade carrot cake recipe.

Carrot cake is exactly what you think it is — carrots incorporated in a batter with a delightful cream cheese frosting. But Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Carrot Cake is so much more. This 5-star recipe is a carrot cake with pineapple, shredded coconut, and raisins (among other ingredients). It may be ingredient-intensive, but don’t let that put you off – the results are well worth it. This recipe makes a moist and fabulous carrot sheet cake.

Where Does Carrot Cake Come From?

If you ask historians about carrot cake, they will tell you it was derived from carrot puddings that were enjoyed by Europeans in the Middle Ages. The inclusion of carrots is thought to have been a great substitute for sugar and other sweeteners that were too expensive for some or just hard to find. Today carrots are still the main ingredient in this delicious cake.

How to Shred Carrots for a Cake

Carrots add moisture to cakes and also infuse them with added nutrients. Carrots can be shredded with a grater or in a food processor. If you are using a hand grater, pick thick carrots that have skin that is free of cracks. The thicker the carrots, the easier they will be to shred. You can shred the carrots and refrigerate them until needed.

  • Should I peel carrots for carrot cake? Yes, the finer you grate the carrots, the more evenly they will be distributed throughout the cake for a perfect texture, and the more evenly the cake will bake. It’s easier to grate the carrots finely if you peel them first.

This carrot cake also has crushed pineapples, shredded coconut, and raisins (among other ingredients). It may be ingredient intensive but the results are worth it.

Where does carrot cake come from

If you ask historians about carrot cake, they will tell you it was derived from carrot puddings that were enjoyed by Europeans in the Middle Ages. It is thought to have been a great substitute for sugar and other sweeteners that were too expensive for some or just hard to find. Now carrots are the main ingredient in this delicious cake.

Ingredients for homemade carrot cake

You will love the flavors in this delicious carrot cake recipe. This also makes a wonderful cake to share at a party or even as a gift.

Here’s what you need:

  • English Walnuts
  • Carrots
  • Crushed Pineapple
  • Shredded Coconut
  • Raisins
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Sugar
  • Brown Sugar
  • Eggs
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Vanilla
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Cloves
  • Salt

Cracker Barrel carrot cake ingredients

How to Make Cracker Barrel Carrot Cake

In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt.

In another mixing bowl, mix together the vegetable oil, sugars, vanilla, and eggs until fluffy.

Cracker Barrel cake batter in a mixing bowl

Add pineapple, walnuts, coconut, carrots, and raisins and blend.

Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet.

Cracker Barrel carrot cake batter in a mixing bowl

Pour the batter into the baking pan and bake for 40-50 minutes.

Once the cake is cool, spread the cream cheese frosting on top.

Sprinkle chopped pecans over frosting.

carrot cake with cream cheese frosting in a glass baking dish

Notes

  • Do not drain the pineapple juice from the crushed pineapple. The juice keeps the cake nice and moist.
  • When preparing the raisins, make sure you soak in water until plump. You DO want to drain the water out of the raisins before adding to the mixture.
  • After spreading the cream cheese frosting on top, add some crushed pecans for an added crunch.
  • This Cracker Barrel carrot cake freezes very well. You can even make smaller dessert cupcakes with this batter and freeze them. Then on days when you’re short on time and want dessert, just defrost, add some frosting and serve.

How to Store Carrot Cake

Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting should be covered and stored in the refrigerator. Cream cheese and butter can spoil if left out at room temperature for extended periods of time.

a slice of homemade Cracker Barrel carrot cake

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a slice of carrot cake with cream cheese frosting

Cracker Barrel Carrot Cake

Make your own copycat Cracker Barrel Carrot Cake with cream cheese frosting at home. This moist and delicious carrot cake is made with pineapple, coconut, walnuts, and raisins.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: carrot cake, Copycat Recipes, Cracker Barrel Recipes
Servings: 24
Calories: 318kcal

Ingredients

Cake ingredients

  • 3/4 cup finely chopped English walnuts
  • 2 cups finely shredded carrots
  • 8 ounces crushed pineapple do not drain
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup raisins that have been soaked in water until plump and then drained
  • 1 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 4 ounces butter at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans for garnish

Instructions

For the Cake

  • Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Set aside. In a large bowl, mix the vegetable oil, sugars, vanilla and eggs until smooth and fluffy. Add pineapple, walnuts, coconut, carrots, and raisins and blend well. Gradually add flour mixture half at a time until blended through.
  • Pour batter into a greased and floured 9x13 inch pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 40-50 minutes. Test with a toothpick for doneness. When cool, frost with cream cheese frosting.

For the Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Blend cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and a little of the powdered sugar at a time until all has been blended well. Turn mixer on high and beat until frosting is light and fluffy. Spread frosting over the cooled cake and sprinkle with pecans.

Recipe Tips for the Cook

  • Do not drain the pineapple juice from the crushed pineapple.  The juice keeps the cake nice and moist.
  • When preparing the raisins, make sure you soak in water until plump.  You DO want to drain the water out of the raisins before adding to the mixture.
  • After spreading the cream cheese frosting on top, add some crushed pecans for an added crunch.

Nutrition

Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 222mg | Potassium: 182mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 2060IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1.3mg
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About Stephanie

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Liinda Lawrence

    5 stars
    My husband and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary last November. All this time, I’ve been trying to find the recipe for the carrot cake from the old Sambo’s restaurant chain. The Cracker Barrel carrot cake is the closest I’ve come, but something’s still missing. Any chance you have the illusive recipe?

  2. Nov111805 .

    5 stars
    This is my GO-TO carrot cake recipe. Is it totally THE Cracker Barrel recipe? Well, even if it’s NOT I will tell ya it’s moist and fabulous and makes a LOT! These freeze VERY WELL so I make smaller cakes, freeze them and then on days I am short on time and want dessert just defrost, frost and serve…..WA LA! I have a special request for these for Christmas supper dessert/cupcakes.

  3. Dean

    I don’t think Cracker Barrel puts pineapple in their carrot cake, because my sister and I have ate it and she is highly allergic to pineapple.

  4. Cindy

    The picture doesn’t even look like the restaurant’s, but I would be willing to try the recipe someday…after I can’t get it at the Cracker Barrel.
    Since I work there.

    I’ll update my picture soon! ~stephanie

    • Christopher James Cromonic

      CB carrot cake is darker n it has dark nuts in it not raisins ,, CB has the best cake ive ever had n i grew up in the pastry business n this recipe just isnt theirs ,, my wife works there also n im going to see if she can talk to some one n see if they will give us the some of the parts to it ,,

  5. Greg

    this is the best carrot cake i have ever made! it is so moist and the icing is excellent! i found this recipes on this site a while ago and have been making it for years!

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