Carrot Cake Tastes Like A Scratch Cake

Sunday, March 5, 2017
Here is an Oldie but extremely good! This semi-homemade Carrot cake is a recipe everyone is fooled by.

It tastes 100% homemade and baked to perfection starting with a mix.

The ingredients keep it moist and rich and taste so fresh!

Shredded carrots, pineapple, and everything in this cake mix it tastes so authentic it's just over the top delicious.

Of course, it's my go-to recipe at Easter time being a carrot cake, but I do make this year-round, it's so good!

Moist, tender and the additions make it addicting. You will serve this cake over and over again and fool the best of bakers!

Don't miss trying this doctored cake mix it's such a delicious cake and time saver.

Scroll down to the printable recipe card and enjoy the compliments!

this is a carrot cake that taste like a scratch cake using a mix with fresh carrots grated in the batter

You're Going To Fool Everyone!

I was never a huge fan of carrot cake, but this amazing doctored cake mix recipe is moist, flavorful, and actually fun to make!

Don’t let this carrot cake recipe pass you by why make it from scratch when this carrot cake is super easy and tastes fantastic?

Even though we will start out with a cake mix, these additions will taste like you slaved in the kitchen for hours and with a few fresh ingredients, you will see just how easy and delicious it is!

The texture and flavors are exact full proof and everyone who has tried this cake said it's the best carrot cake they ever had.

If you love working with doctored cake mixes, don’t let this carrot cake recipe pass you by!

Sit back and enjoy the compliments and if you're taking this to a family gathering for friend, be prepared to be asked for the recipe and not believe you it's made with a mix.

this is a spice cake mix cake that will be turned into a carrot cake to taste like a scratch cake


  • put raisins, coconut, and nuts in the food processor to garnish the frosting
  • make sure the cream cheese is at room temperature for the frosting
  • always refrigerate leftovers
  • the cake will stay fresh covered for up to 1 week in the refrigerator (you can freeze it up to 6 months)
  • use pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds for nut allergies
  • if you're in a hurry use a bundt pan see photo below, cool, and frost

this is a homemade cream cheese frosting for the carrot cake it will go on. It is in a white ceramic dish

Ingredients You Will Need:

  • spice cake mix or use carrot cake mix
  • shredded carrots
  • crushed pineapple
  • pecans
  • whipped cream
  • cream cheese
  • raisins
  • coconut
  • powdered sugar

This is a photo of whipped cream cheese frosting for a carrot cake that is made from a cake mix. There are carrots in a colander in the backround.

Tool You May Need

  1. grater
  2. measuring cups 
  3. measuring spoons
  4. mixing bowl
  5. spatula
  6. baking pans(13 x 9 sheet pan)bundt pan or 2 9 x 9 cake pans)
  7. optional: parchment paper to line pans

this is a carrot cake made to taste like scratch using a cake mix and fresh grated carrots

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Not Convinced Yet?

You don't have to make this in two layers, bundt pans, 13x9 sheet pan, and any other fancy pans are welcome!

What more can I say on this easy cake mix made over? Nothing.

A time saver indeed along with a decadent foolproof cake that will astound all your friends and family.

Enjoy and let's get baking!!

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Yield: 10

Carrot Cake Tastes Like A Scratch Cake

This is a delicious semi-homemade carrot cake made using a cake mix. It's moist, easy and delicious you will fool the best of bakers!
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 45 Mtotal time: 55 M


  • Carrot Cake tastes like a scratch cake!
  • 1 package of spice cake or carrot cake mix ( I used spice cake)
  • 2 cups of shredded carrots
  • 1 - 8 oz can of crushed pineapple drained
  • Topping
  • 1/2 cup of shredded coconut (I like mine toasted, just spread on parchment paper and put in the oven at 350 degrees until browned)
  • 1/4 chopped finely chopped raisins dark or golden
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans set aside
  • Frosting:
  • 1 8 oz tub of whipped topping
  • 2 packages of cream cheese
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. Make cake as directed on package stirring in carrots and drained pineapple. 
  3. Note: If you love more in your cake than on the frosting add pecans or walnuts and raisins, fold in 1/2 cup of each at this step
  4. Pour into any size pan bundt,  13 x 9  or 2 - 9 inch round pans that have been greased. (You can also use two 8 inch well-greased cake pans. Even use pans that are characters ( example for Easter I use a bunny-shaped pan)
  5. Bake 25 minutes, depending on what kind of pan you use. Use the toothpick method in the center to check if it comes out clean.  Cool completely before frosting the cake.
  6. For the Frosting:
  7. Beat cream cheese and sugar with a mixer until well blended, add whipped topping.
  8. Spread over cooled cake and top with a mixture of nuts, coconut, and raisins. 
  9. Keep refrigerated.
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this is a carrot cake made with a cake mix doctored up to taste like it from scratch. This semi homemade carrot cake taste just like you made it from scratch and will fool everyone. This photo has a cream cheese frosting with nuts and raisins on top covering a cake mix version of homemade carrot cake.

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  1. I love carrot cake, and baking isn't my thing, but this looks easy enough. Yum!

  2. that looks scrumptious and it's easier to make too! thanks for sharing! :)

  3. looks very easy and delicious. Great for busy days and need a lovely cake.

  4. Delicious! It's very nice too.

  5. Wow, you'd never guess this wasn't from scratch! What a fabulous, moist slice!!! So yummy!

  6. Love carrot cake. Perfect for Easter!

  7. I would love a big piece of this cake right now! It looks wonderful!

  8. Oh, this cake looks so beautiful and cute. This is a great recipe for Easter. I can not wait to try this great recipe. I am saving this recipe for later. Thank you for this recipe!

  9. Absolutely love good carrot cake with strong coffee:) Yours sounds perfect, rich, moist and flavourful.

  10. That really dos look like a wonderful cake, so moist!

  11. It looks like a really tasty carrot cake. So interesting to use a cake mix!

  12. Carrot cakes are soo good and yours look very yummy :)

  13. I'm very particular about my carrot cake it must be moist never dry. Yours looks like it more than qualifies.

  14. Made this with spice mix. Added 1 extra egg. I used a bundt pan and it turned out great. Will make again

  15. This looked great but I might have done something wrong. My cake was not particularly moist or sweet. The next time I think I will use the pineapple juice and see if that improves it. BTW I did add extra nuts, raisins. crushed pineapple and carrots. I made it with a Duncan Hines carrot cake mix. the flavour was good but it was quite dry.

    1. wow, I think the cake is super moist and sweet, maybe try a mix with pudding in it? also if you prefer sweeter cakes try adding a few tablespoons of sugar. It should have moist for sure, its always so moist we store it in the refrigerator. Sorry it was what you expected. Good luck on adapting the recipe and thanks for the comments we all learn from each other :)

  16. Would this work as cupcakes/muffns?

    1. thats a great idea !!! I wished I had thought about it!!! thanks!

  17. There are no eggs in this recipe??????

    1. The directions say cake mix accordimg to package instructions that will tell you how many eggs on the box

  18. I cannot resist this carrot cake! I love the shortcut that saves time but also tastes like homemade.

  19. Wow! Looks amazing and so yummy! My family i us going to absolutely love this! So excited!

  20. My husband loves carrot cake and I'm sure he is going to love this one!

  21. Yummy! This was so good. I'm even more intrigued by the gorgeous unfrosted cake you have in your pictures. What a great way to present a cake without the frosting! The cake pan... what kind is it? I'd love to buy one and try making this carrot cake in it! Thanks!

    1. the pan is listed on the bottom of the pan its an affiliate link

  22. You've convinced me! This is a super scrumptious carrot cake!

  23. I made this as a cake and it was wonderful. I would like to make it into cupcakes but am not sure if I need to adjust the baking time? Any suggestions?

    1. I would check the cupcakes at around 20 minutes with a toothpick but these are so moist they probably will still take close to the 25, lets us know what you find out when you try making cupcakes thanks!

  24. If you were going to make this in advance and put in the freezer, would you frost it before of after?

    1. I freeze the cake unfrosted. When you're ready to serve I then frost (both cakes and cookies I freeze frostless) the cake while still frozen to reduce crumbs. Hope that helps

  25. Can I use match stick carrots instead of shredded?

    1. The match stick carrots are to thick.Use shredded . The matchstick ones are still hard at the end of the baking period.

    2. Thanks Donna I only grate them which are really shredded thinly good point

  26. This sounds marvelous ! cant wait to Try it.


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