Tropical Carrot Cake With Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

carrot cake with coconut cream frosting
QVC, Inc.
Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Cool & Chill Time: 45 mins
Total: 2 hrs
Servings: 24 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
886 Calories
71g Fat
53g Carbs
19g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 24
Amount per serving
Calories 886
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 71g 91%
Saturated Fat 19g 93%
Cholesterol 77mg 26%
Sodium 223mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Protein 19g
Calcium 145mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

One bite of carrot cake is never enough. The same can be said of this tropical-inspired version, which incorporates both coconut and pineapple ingredients into the classic. 

The rich coconut frosting truly tops off the cake. As an interpretation of traditional cream cheese frosting, this rendition spreads a bit of paradise over every inch. Sprinkling on macadamia nuts gives you some crunch, too. You can buy pre-roasted macadamias from the store, but roasting raw macadamia nuts can be done in a few easy steps.

End your meal on a sweet note and enjoy the fun flavors infused throughout the entire dessert. 


  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour (sifted then measured)
  • 1 cup coconut (sweetened flaked)
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts (dry roasted)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 3 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 cup of vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups carrots (peeled and finely grated)
  • 2 cans/16 ounces crushed pineapple (in its own juice, well drained)
  • 16 ounces cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 1 stick unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream (canned, sweetened)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 14 whole macadamia nuts (dry roasted and crushed)
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes (toasted)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 F.

  3. Butter a 3 1/2-quart baking dish and line the bottom with parchment paper.

  4. Combine 1/3 cup flour, coconut, and macadamia nuts and process until nuts are finely chopped. Set aside.

  5. In a medium-size bowl, whisk together remaining 2 cups flour, ground ginger, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and baking soda until well combined.

  6. Using an electric mixer, beat sugar and oil in large bowl to blend. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

  7. Beat in vanilla. Mix in flour-spice mixture until well combined.

  8. Stir in the coconut-macadamia mixture, then the carrots and crushed pineapple.

  9. Bake until tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 40 to 45 minutes.

  10. Cool in the baking dish for an hour.

  11. Run a knife around edge of pan to loosen cake. Turn cake out onto racks; cool completely.

  12. For the frosting, beat cream cheese and butter in large bowl until smooth.

  13. Beat in powdered sugar, then cream of coconut and both extracts.

  14. Chill until firm enough to spread, approximately 30 minutes.

  15. Spread a thick layer of the frosting on the top of the cake.

  16. Top with the macadamia nuts and toasted coconut.

  17. Serve and enjoy!


  • Be sure to fold the shredded carrots into the batter by hand. A mixer will continue to shred the carrots making them too thin.

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