Luscious (nut free) carrot cake made with pineapple and filled with homemade carrot cake jam and cream cheese frosting. Instructions included for making extra layers too. This is the ultimate in carrot cakes and a perfect holiday dessert!

Ultimate Carrot Cake

Luscious (nut free) carrot cake made with pineapple and filled with homemade carrot cake jam and cream cheese frosting.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword carrot cake, Ultimate Carrot Cake with jam filling
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 612 kcal
Author Sabrina Snyder


Ultimate Carrot Cake

  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3 cups shredded carrots
  • 8 ounces crushed pineapple with juice (1 8-ounce can, undrained)

Carrot Cake Jam

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 16 ounces cream cheese , softened (2 packages)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter , softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
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Ultimate Carrot Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray two 8" cake pans with baking spray.

  2. Sift the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon into a bowl and set aside.

  3. In a large bowl, mix the eggs, buttermilk, oil, sugar, carrots, pineapple and vanilla then whisk in the flour mixture, pour it into the two cake pans and bake for 30-35 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean, then let cool completely.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. Add the cream cheese and butter to your stand mixer on medium speed and beat until fluffy, about 30 seconds.

  2. Add in the vanilla and powdered sugar and beat until fluffy, 1-2 minutes.

To Assemble Cake:

  1. Start with a cake layer and add a thin layer of frosting to the bottom then add 1/3 cup of the Carrot Cake Jam to each layer and spread evenly.

  2. Pipe 1/3 of your frosting to the perimeter of layer, then add the next layer of your cake and frost with the remaining frosting and spread on a second helping of the carrot cake jam.

Recipe Notes

Uses the Carrot Cake Jam I made previously.

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Nutrition Facts
Ultimate Carrot Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 612 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 36g 55%
Saturated Fat 24g 120%
Cholesterol 116mg 39%
Sodium 412mg 17%
Potassium 216mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 66g 22%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 48g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 123.8%
Vitamin C 2.3%
Calcium 8.2%
Iron 8.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.