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The Best Carrot Coconut Cake

by Adina 02/04/2018 16 comments

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Last Updated on 01/10/2019 by Adina


This is the best carrot loaf cake ever! Super moist and tender carrot coconut cake with lemon frosting.



This carrot coconut cake is one of the rare recipes that I have been making over and over again for years.


sliced carrot coconut loaf cake with lemon frosting


I discovered the recipe in an old issue of Good Food that was lying around in the coffee room at my former workplace in London, I copied it out and then I promptly forgot it.

After returning to Germany I found the recipe again and gave it a try. Since then I must have made it dozens of times.

This carrot loaf cake was one of the first cakes I have ever made. You can make it easily, no matter how experienced a baker you are and you will be sure to impress everybody.

I mean, look at that color, who needs a fancy decorated cake, when you have a color like that without any extra effort.

And the carrot loaf cake does taste amazing, I have yet to find anybody who didn’t like it. It is unbelievably moist, it tastes of carrots and coconut and has a wonderful lemon flavor due to the lemon glaze, which trickles into the cake through the wholes you will have to poke into it after it is baked.

Store the cake airtight and it will remain moist and delicious for several days.


sliced carrot loaf cake with coconut





  • Make sure you weigh the carrots after you’ve peeled them, otherwise you will not have enough and the cake will not be as moist as it should be, which is the moistest cake I have ever eaten. 🙂
  • I have purposely not given a cup amount for the grated carrots, because the cup measuring would be too inaccurate in this case. If you squash the carrots too much into the cup you will have too much of them, if you pack them too loosely you will not have enough. So, do yourself a favor and weigh them properly.


  • Use unsweetened desiccated coconut flakes for the cake, if you use sweet ones, the cake will be too sweet.
  • I think coconut flakes for baking only come in the unsweetened form in Germany, the only sweet ones I have ever seen are the very large one for snacking.
  • But I have read in many recipes that they also come in a sweetened form in other parts of the world, so if they do, make sure you don’t use those.


carrot loaf cake with lemon glaze


  • The amount of icing sugar you need for the frosting depends on the size of the lemon.
  • If you have more juice, you will need more sugar. Also, if you would like to have a stiffer frosting you can use less lemon juice, but I prefer the frosting to be a little wetter than it normally is, this way more of the juice gets into the cake, making it even moister and tangier.


  • I use oil to make the carrot coconut cake, I think that also contributes to its being so moist.
  • The original recipe suggested a sunflower oil and that was what I used to take, but nowadays I prefer to use a more neutral tasting canola oil. The sunflower oil taste was good, but still I prefer to taste more the carrots, coconut and lemon than the oil.


sliced carrot loaf cake

Baking powder:

  • I always recommend using Dr. Oetker baking powder for best results when baking my recipes, this is the typical baking powder used in Germany and in Europe and it is single-acting baking powder and not double-acting like the American baking powder.
  • One important thing when baking with single-acting baking powder is to preheat the oven before you start mixing the batter, and place the cake in the oven immediately after mixing it. If you leave it for a while, the baking powder will loose its power and the cake will not rise.

Can I make the carrot loaf cake in advance?

  • I find that the carrot loaf cake tastes even better the next day.
  • I usually make it the day before I want to serve it, soak it with the lemon frosting directly in the loaf pan. I let it cool down well in the pan (about 2-3 hours), then I take it out and leave it on a wire rack for several hours.
  • I pack it in aluminum foil until the next day and I slice it just before serving. It is amazing, you have to trust me on that! 🙂

Ahh, just talking about this cake makes me drool, it really is one of my favorite cakes!!!


carrot cake with coconut


Other delicious carrot cakes:

Carrot Cake  with Almonds and Orange Juice Filling

Vegan Carrot Coconut Cake with Jam and Cinnamon

Carrot Cupcakes or Muffins with Blueberry Frosting

Nigella Lawson’s Best Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Easy and Spicy Carrot Cookies with Orange Icing



sliced carrot coconut cake


carrot coconut cake

The Best Carrot Coconut Cake

Yield: 14-16
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

This is the best carrot loaf cake ever! Super moist and tender carrot coconut cake with lemon frosting.


  • 280 g/ 9.9 oz carrots, finely grated (See note)
  • 280 g/ 9.9 oz/ 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 200 g/ 7 oz/ 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 lemons, one for the cake and one for the frosting
  • 200 ml/ 6.7 fl.oz/ 1 cup without 2 tablespoons neutral tasting vegetable oil (like canola)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 100 g/ 3.5 oz/ 1 cup desiccated coconut, unsweetened
  • 150 -175 g/ 5.3-6.1 oz/ 1 ½ – 1 ¾ cups icing sugar


Carrot loaf cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius/ 360 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter and flour a loaf tin of 26 cm x 9 cm/ 10x 3.5 inches measured at the base of the form.
  2. Peel and weigh the carrots, you should have 280 g/9.9 oz prepared carrots. Grate the carrots on the finer grater. Set aside.
  3. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the sugar. Set aside.
    Beat the eggs shortly in a medium bowl. Add the zest and the juice of only 1 of the lemons.
  4. Add the oil and the vanilla extract, then carefully fold in the flour mixture.
  5. Add the finely grated carrots and the coconut to the mixture and pour everything into the prepared tin. Bake for about 55 - 60 minutes until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

  6. Frosting:

  1. Mix the juice and zest of the second lemon with enough icing sugar to form a paste.
  2. The amount of sugar needed depends on how large and juicy your lemon is.
    The paste should be runny enough to be easily spread on the cake and to be able to sicker into the wholes you poked into the cake.
  3. Prick the top of the cake with a toothpick all over and pour over the frosting. Let the cake cool completely in the pan.
  4. Store in an airtight container.


I have purposely not given a cup amount for the grated carrots, because the cup measuring would be too inaccurate in this case. Weigh the carrots after peeling.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 14 Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 396Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 196mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 3gSugar: 31gProtein: 5g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.




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Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary 18/08/2015 - 22:04

If you have made this over a dozen times, I KNOW it has to be good! Love the coconut and carrot pairing with the lemon flavored frosting! I don’t think I have ever had carrot and coconut together before, but I bet it tastes amazing! Plus, there is carrot so it’s healthy which means I can eat the whole cake… right? 😉 #Winning Cheers, girlie!

Adina 19/08/2015 - 07:21

Riiiiiiiiiight!!! 🙂

Thao @ In Good Flavor 19/08/2015 - 03:48

This cake is right up my alley, Adina. It looks and sounds amazing—I love the sound of carrot, coconut, and lemon together. Pinning.

Adina 19/08/2015 - 07:24

They do fit well together, Thao, this is really one of my favorite “dry” cakes.

Rachel @ Simple Seasonal 19/08/2015 - 05:15

What a beautiful sweet bread! And that glaze looks like perfection!

Adina 19/08/2015 - 07:26

Thank you, Rachel. The first times I have made this cake I left the glaze out because I thought nobody needs the extra sugar. But I have to admit it definitely belongs on the cake, the lemon in it makes things complete.

Roland 19/08/2015 - 12:23

Good, that you put the dry in quotation marks. The cake is really moist and gives his whole aroma when it is parceling the mouth. I really enjoyed the cake.

Adina 19/08/2015 - 17:00

Dankeschön. 🙂

Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop 03/04/2018 - 13:55

What a lovely cake! It looks very moist and that crumb….it looks just perfect. I don’t usually weigh items when I am baking. I know if comes out more accurate, but I just haven’t done it.

allie 04/04/2018 - 16:49

Hi Adina – what a fantastic loaf cake! Perfect for springtime. I was so interested to learn about single and double acting baking powders. I’ve always wondered. You’re always a wealth of information, so glad to drop by. Hope everyone is well at your house and that spring has arrived there. xo

sneha 30/07/2018 - 15:13

I’m not a Carrot cake fan , but after I tried a price at a coffee shop here in Frankfurt, I vowed I should make it .I am glad I found you Adina.
This is the perfect recipie .
I was so impressed I’m scouring your blog to find the perfect recipie for my son’s birthday cake .

Adina 30/07/2018 - 15:22

Thank you, Sneha. I hope you find something you like. This carrot and coconut cake is our favorite carrot cake, I make it very very often.

Alejandra Castro 08/10/2018 - 13:49

I tried your recipe this afternoon. It’s really yummy. Did not include the lemon glazing as my hubby is diabetic. Used less than a cup of granulated sugar too.

Adina 09/10/2018 - 12:49

Hi Alejandra. Thank you for the feedback, so glad you liked it. I often leave the glaze as well.?

Kella 29/04/2019 - 00:17

I cannot find the single baking powder, is it ok to go with the regular baking powder, what difference will it make? Going to try this soon as a gift for a friend.

Adina 29/04/2019 - 08:47

Hi Kella. I have never used the double acting baking powder because it is not available in Germany. However, I have read many times that most of the times it doesn’t really make a big difference, the only thing that’s important is that when you use the German baking powder you definitely have to preheat the oven. Let me know if you tried the cake with double acting baking powder, maybe it will help other users as well. Thank you.


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