Tastes of Hawaii Recipe – Island Carrot Cake From Kauai's Old Plantation Days

Week 10—Island Carrot Cake!

Island Carrot Cake Recipe

  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 ½ cups grated carrots
  • 1 can (8 oz.) crushed pineapple in juice, well drained
  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup oil
  • 3 eggs lightly beaten
  • ½ cup chopped mac nuts


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. In a large bowl combine carrots, pineapple, brown sugar, oil, eggs, and mac nuts; blend in flour mixture. Pour batter into a buttered and floured 9x9x2 inch pan. Bake for 30 minutes. Cool slightly, remove from pan and frost. Makes 16 servings.

Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

  • 1 pkg. (3 oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ¼ cup butter softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted


Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add butter and vanilla; mix well. Gradually add powdered sugar while beating. Spread on cooled carrot cake.

As mentioned in my first recipe blog, Hawaii is a wonderful mix of cultures and each of these peoples brought with them their customs and foods.The early plantation days saw these combining cultures creating foods that are unique only to Hawaii. We thank these early pioneers who planted and nurtured these plantation fields and created many of these amazing recipes.

Because we have this rich Hawaiian heritage, I started this running blog that features recipes with a Hawaiian flair. If you love collecting recipes, please check back so that you can collect your favorites.
These will be recipes collected from old Hawaiian cookbooks, family, and friends that have been willing to share their family secrets.

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Judy Shiroma

September 7, 2011

Hi Lucy. Great recipe post. Looks and sounds yummy!

Judy Shiroma

September 7, 2011

Hi Lucy. Great recipe post. Looks and sounds yummy!

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