Carrot Cake with Vanilla Cake Mix

The vanilla flavor from Pamela’s Classic Vanilla Cake Mix is a nice addition to an already delicious cake.



    • 1 bag Pamela's Vanilla Cake Mix
    • 3 eggs, large
    • ½ cup oil
    • ⅔ cup water
    • 2 ½ tsp cinnamon
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 2 cups grated carrots
    • ½ cup walnuts, finely chopped (Optional)
    • 1 cup crushed, drained pineapple (Optional)
      Cream Cheese Frosting
    • 1 bag Vanilla Frosting Mix
    • 2 tbsp butter or margarine, room temp/not melted
    • 6 ounces cream cheese, room temp
    • 1 tsp water

    Preheat oven to 325°. Beat eggs until thick. Add oil and water and mix well. Add Cake Mix, cinnamon and soda, and mix to incorporate. Add carrots and drained pineapple then beat on medium/low for two minutes. Batter thickens slightly and becomes lighter in color.

    Lightly spray, butter or oil all pans, including cupcake papers. If desired, dust pans with rice flour. Cake is baked when it springs back to a light touch, or toothpick comes out almost clean.

    See chart for pan size and bake times (below). Toothpick should come out with slight crumbs.

    Bake Times

    two 8" rounds—32 to 38 min. (approx. 1 ½ " tall layers)

    two 9” rounds—24 to 30 min. (approx. 1" tall layers)

    one 9" square—36 to 42 min. (approx. 2" tall layer)

    one 9 x 13" pan—36 to 46 min. (approx. 1" high sheet cake)

    18 to 24 cupcakes (fill ⅔ full)—22 to 26 minutes (regular size)

    Frost when cooled with Simple Vanilla or Cream Cheese Frosting (recipes below) made from Pamela’s Vanilla Frosting Mix, or wrap unfrosted cake in plastic wrap to keep moist.

    Cream Cheese Frosting

    Soften butter or margarine. Add remaining ingredients and mix together on medium for 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth. If frosting is too thick, add more water one teaspoon at a time.

    Optional: Add 1 tsp ground cinnamon.

    © Pamela's Products, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Based on 10 reviews

Could I replace the egg with applesauce and some of the water with maple syrup?


If I add some shredded coconut to this recipe, would I need to increase the water a tad? Or perhaps include a little of the juice from the pineapple?


Hello! Can I replace oil with melted palm shortening?


I'd like to try this recipe but want to add shredded unsweetened coconut and leave out the pineapple. Do you have any advice how to adapt the recipe. I'm concerned the coconut will make the cake too dry. Thanks in advance.



This cake is very good. My family is really enjoying it! Thanks!