My mother travels the world to test carrot cakes. But this recipe is her favourite -- and mine at this time of year.
2 cups sugar
1-1/2 cups oil
2 cups plain flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 cups grated raw carrot
1/2 cup walnuts
1 cup coconut
1 440 g (13-1/2 ounces) tin crushed pineapple, undrained
Grease pan. My mother uses a 10x14 inch (25x35 cm) pan. If you use the more common 9x13 inch (22.5x32.5 cm) pan, make 6 regular sized muffins as well (the cake will not cook sufficiently in the centre if you use all the batter in a 9x13 inch pan).
Preheat oven to 180 °C (350 °F). Mix sugar, oil and eggs well. Sift dry ingredients. Mix with egg mixture. Add carrots, nuts, coconut and pineapple. Bake for 45 minutes.
Ice with cream cheese 'frosting': 250 g (8 ounces) cream cheese, 1 tablespoon milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 4 cups icing sugar.