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Recipe Exchange: Jenny Belushi’s Carrot Cake Edition

Lately, I have gotten a lot of emails for a recipe exchange. In response to every email, I always send Jenny Belushi’s Carrot Cake recipe. I love carrot cake and Jenny’s recipe is one of my favorites! Below are the lists of ingredients and steps to making this delicious cake.

Happy baking ☺ 


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour 

  • 2 tsp baking powder

  • 2 tsp baking soda

  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 2 cups sugar

  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil

  • 2 eggs

  • 4 cups grated carrots (I would recommend using a food processor, rather than hand grating 4 cups of carrots…it is quicker) 

  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut

  • 1 pkg. (8oz.) cream cheese, at room temperature

  • 1 pkg. (3oz.) cream cheese, at room temperature

  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

  • 2 tsp vanilla


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Grease and flour two 8” cake pans.

  3. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt into a medium bowl.

  4. In a large bowl, beat together sugar, oil, and eggs with an electric beater on medium until well blended.

  5. Beat flour mixture into egg mixture until just blended.

  6. Stir in carrots and coconut (this seems too dry and impossible at first, but the more you mix, the more the moisture in the carrots helps the blending and mixing).

  7. Evenly divide batter into prepared pans.

  8. Bake in heated oven 40-45 minutes, or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

  9. Cool completely in pans on wire rack.

  10. In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until blended with an electric beater on medium.

  11. Add confectioner’s sugar; beat until mixture is smooth.

  12. Add vanilla.

  13. Place one cake layer on serving platter.

  14. Spread with about ¾ cup frosting.

  15. Place the second layer on top.

  16. Spread top with remaining frosting.

Chandler Stearns

Wake Forest '22

My name is Chandler Stearns and I am a current sophomore from Chicago, IL (GO CUBS). I plan on majoring in Communications with a double minor in English and Entrepreneurship. My favorite things are laughing until I'm crying and dancing until I make a complete fool of myself.
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