Miss Bonita’s Mountain Carrot Cake

Miss Bonita’s Mountain Carrot Cake

Bonita Smith
Featured In WTFCF Season 2, Episode 13: Larry's Tree Redux.
A favorite recipe of Larry Smith, Christmas tree farmer, compliments of his Aunt Bonita Smith.
This carrot cake is super moist with a spicy flavor. Sure to be a crowd pleaser!
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  • 1 tube pan
  • hand or standing mixer


  • 2 cups sugar, Note: For a deeper flavor brown sugar may be substituted
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups carrots, coarsely grated
  • 1⅓ cups salad oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup chopped nuts, of your choice
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract


  • Preheat oven to 350℉.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add dry ingredients, 2 cups sugar, 3 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, ½ teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Combine well.
  • Then add: 2 cups coarsely grated carrots, 1½ cups salad oil, and 3 eggs. Beat until well mixed.
  • Then add: 1 cup chopped nuts, 1 cup crushed and drained pineapple, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 teaspoon lemon extract, and ½ teaspoon almond extract. Fold into batter.
  • Prepare tube pan by greasing and flouring the bottom and sides of the pan.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for approximately 1 hour or until the top of the cake is springy and a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Let cake sit for 15 minutes. Remove cake from pan.

Top with your favorite frosting.


      About the Author

      Larry's Aunt Bonita on her farm.Bonita Smith is a co-owner of Smith Family Farms in Banner Elk, NC. Famous for her assortment of cakes her legacy does not stop there. She makes an assortment of preserves and condiments with ingredients found in the NC mountains. WTCFC had the pleasure of tasting her Lemon Pound Cake at a luncheon at the Banner Elk Community Center. Our experience did not stop there. Chip won one of these incredible pound cakes and we enjoyed it for many days to come.