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Carrot Cake Jam Canning Recipe

15. June 2020

Our friend and guest blogger Chez LaRae created this festive Carrot Cake Jam canning recipe. You can follow LaRae’s amazing food adventures on Instagram and her website. LaRae is a self-taught baker, cooking and baking instructor, recipe developer, and an editor at @thefeedfeed. See LaRae's other recipe guest blog posts.


Carrot cake lovers, what if you could preserve the warm, rich flavors of this delicious cake in a jar? Freshly shredded orange carrots, chopped apples, juicy pineapples, coconut, and nuts suspended in a lovely spiced jam. Make and can this today, and enjoy the sweet taste throughout the year. Serve on English muffins, with yogurt, pancakes, waffles, alongside cheese and crackers, or with vanilla ice cream. For a real treat, make this cream cheese ice cream. And remember to affix lovely CanningCrafts' canning labels on your jars with a bit of pretty ribbon for tasty gifts for all of the carrot cake enthusiasts in your life. 

Carrot Cake Jam Canning Recipe |


Carrot Cake Jam Recipe

Recipe adapted from “Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving” 2006.

Preservation method: Water bath canning

Difficulty level: Easy

Yield: About six 8-oz jars

You will need clean jars and closures, a boiling-water canner, rack, jar lifter, canning funnel, and wooden skewer


  • 1 ½ cup peeled and finely grated carrots (about three carrots)

  • 1 ½ cups cored, peeled, chopped Granny Smith apple (about one apple)
  • 1 ¾ cup canned crushed pineapple, including juice
  • 3 tbsp bottled lemon juice
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • 1 package regular powdered fruit pectin (49 to 57 grams)
  • 6 ½ cups granulated sugar (measured out in a bowl and ready to use)
  • ½ cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts

Carrot Cake Jam Waterbath Canning Recipe |

Prepare water bath canner, lids, and jars.

Place one or two small, clean plates in your freezer for jam “frozen plate test.” See details below*.

In a large, deep stainless steel saucepan (that has a lid), combine carrots, apples, pineapple with juice, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring frequently.

Carrot Cake Jam Canning Recipe Ingredients |

Reduce heat, cover and boil gently for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Remove from heat and whisk in pectin until dissolved. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring frequently.

Add sugar all at once and return to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. At first sugar mixture will appear dry, but it will turn into a thick liquid when heated and stirred. Boil hard, stirring constantly for one minute.

Add coconut and walnuts. Remove from heat and skim off foam.

Carrot Cake Jam Canning Recipe |

Ladle hot jam into hot jars, leaving ¼” head space. Remove air bubbles and readjust head space, if necessary. Thoroughly wipe rims with moistened cloth. Center lids on jars, screw bands down until finger-tip tight.

Apple Pie in a Jar Canning Recipe |

Place jars into canner, ensuring that they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil and process for 10 minutes. Remove canner lid. Wait 5 minutes, then remove jars, and cool completely.

Wipe jars and affix CanningCrafts’ canning labels. Date and store in a cool, dry place for up to 12 months.


Carrot Cake Jam Canning Recipe Card |

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* Frozen plate test: To avoid runny jam, when you believe the jam is cooked, grab one of the plates from your freezer and plop a small spoonful of carrot cake jam at the center. Let it sit for a minute or so and then run a wooden spoon through the jam. If the jam does not run back into the line, it is set. If it is runny and saucy, boil the sauce for another minute until done.

Carrot Cake Jam Canning Recipe Frozen Plate Test |

 Carrot Cake Jam Canning Recipe |

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Comments (43)

CanningCrafts on August 18, 2021

The recipe calls for 1 3/4 cup crushed pineapple. Most stores sell 20 ounce cans of crushed pineapple which would be a little more than what the recipes calls for.

Greta on August 23, 2021

Can you make it without the pineapple? Would I need to add more of something to replace the volume the pineapple takes up?

Mary on September 09, 2021

Can’t wait to try this! I’m going out to the garden and orchard right now!

Corey on October 07, 2021

Can you use liquid pectin if you don’t have any on hand?

CanningCrafts on October 07, 2021

YES! You can swap liquid pectin for the powdered. You add the liquid pectin at the end of cooking (versus powdered which is added in the beginning of cooking). One package of liquid pectin is equal to two tablespoons of powdered pectin.

Renee on November 06, 2021

I think 5 cups of sugar would be more than enough. It is too sweet.

Renee on February 17, 2022

Can I make it without the coconut???

Marilyn on May 23, 2022

I made this and everyone loves it!! Thank you for being so creative!! One of my favorites that will be made again and again!!

Deb on December 04, 2022

Made this recipe, but I added jalapeño pepper, ground it up with half cup sugar….this jam is this years Christmas gift …and I’m so impressed it’s so delicious….I will be making this every year…
Thanks LOVE it

Sheila Bushey on July 16, 2023

Was wondering if I could use fresh pineapple. Since you cook it anyway…

CanningCrafts on July 16, 2023

Yes, I think you can use fresh pineapple instead. It may change the yield some.

Tianna on August 01, 2023


Love the recipe! How do you make and print your labels?

CanningCrafts on August 01, 2023

The labels shown in our blog post are available for purchase on our website We customize, print & ship labels directly to you.


Sue on August 04, 2023

I made this and it is very thick but has an amazing flavor.
Could use a bit more liquid when you start cooking it. But it is nice on toast and would mKe a nice filling for cookies too.

Courtney on August 23, 2023

I’ve made my first batch and it’s delicious! The jam set up perfectly, but after refrigerating an opened jar, it is THICK. I struggle to spoon the jam out of the jar. Is this normal? Or is it possibly over cooked? Any suggestions appreciated! Thank you!!!!

Brook on September 16, 2023

I dont have a stainless steel pan for something like this, does it ruin the recipe to use a non stick pan?

Kim on September 29, 2023

Hello !! Can I use frozen shredded carrots instead of fresh ?

Janet Cole on October 02, 2023

I am looking forward to trying this for Xmas gifts. Neighbors friends. Etc….🍏🍍🎃🎄

Aletha F McClure on October 10, 2023

I put this on my carrot cake scones, puts them over the top! Excellent.😋👩‍🍳

Julie on October 29, 2023

Can i use jam sugar instead of sugar and pectin? If yes, would you know how much?
Thanks very much

CanningCrafts on October 29, 2023

I’ve never used jam sugar, so I’m not sure how this recipe would convert using it. Sorry!

Vickie on January 03, 2024

Can this be frozen instead of canning?

CanningCrafts on January 03, 2024

Most jam can be frozen, but I have never frozen this recipe before. If you freeze, just make sure you leave the proper headspace if you freeze in the actual canning jars.

Amanda on April 12, 2024

I made a batch and it is super sweet and grainy. Not sure what happened

CanningCrafts on April 12, 2024

If your jam was grainy, it sounds like the sugar wasn’t fully dissolved. Jam needs cooked & stirred continuously until the sugar is completely dissolved. You can reprocess the jars. Empty, heat & stir until the sugar is dissolved, then re jar.
This is a pretty sweet jam, so may not suit all tastes.

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