This is an amazing carrot cake recipe.  The buttermilk glaze is what makes it. It is much better if you make it the day before you are going to serve it. This is they only carrot cake recipe I use.  It came from Cookery for Entertaining.

carrot cake with buttermilk glaze


Blue Ribbon Carrot Cake

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 15


  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 8 oz. can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 2 cups carrots grated
  • 3 1/2 oz. shredded coconut
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • Buttermilk Glaze see below
  • Cream Cheese Frosting see below
  • Buttermilk Glaze:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 lb. butter
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 1/4 lb. butter room temperature
  • 1 8-oz. pkg. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel


  • Preheat oven to 350. Generously grease a 13 x 9 baking dish or two 9 inch cake pans; set aside. Sift flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt together; set aside. In a large bowl, beat eggs, add oil, buttermilk, sugar and vanilla; mix well. Add flour mixture, pineapple, carrots, coconut and walnuts. Stir well. Pour into prepared baking dish or pans. Bake 55 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean While cake is baking, prepare Buttermilk Glaze. Remove cake from oven and slowly pour glaze over hot cake. Cool cake in pan until glaze is totally absorbed, about 15 minutes. Turn out of pan, if desired. Cool completely. May be frozen; before frosting. Prepare Cream Cheese Frosting. Frost cake. Refrigerate until frosting is set. May be refrigerated several days. Serve chilled.
  • Buttermilk Glaze:
  • In a small saucepan, combine sugar, baking soda, buttermilk, butter and corn syrup. Bring to a boil. Cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  • Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • Cream butter and cream cheese until fluffy. Add vanilla, powdered sugar, orange juice and orange peel. Mix until smooth.


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