Top Review by lindieb
I think I looked at every single recipe for carrot cake on this site, and narrowed it down to 4, in an effort to find one like my Mother used to make - then narrowed it to 2, - I chose this one over one that was almost identical, except this one used more flour, both had the exact same amount of oil (the other just seemed like it would be tooooo greasy!). I have to say your recipe is perfection. I made this for a baby's first birthday and used part of the batter in a little 6 inch pan for the baby (so she could maul it, which she did and it was adorable) - and put the remainder in a standard tube pan for the adults. I had omitted the nuts because of the baby, but topped the large cake with toasted pecans. Everyone raved about it, and had 2nds. People love to add all kinds of things to carrot cake (raisins, pineapple etc), and those are ok - but I really prefer the elegance and texture of your recipe. I grated the carrots by hand (I really wish I owned a food processor), on the tiny tiny side, so basically had pulp - it works out to be about 3 heaping cups, if anyone needs that as comparison. The texture of the cake was like velvet, very moist but not heavy, as this type of cake can be. Obviously I can't say enough about how much we enjoyed it. Thanks so much for posting it, and I'm sure I'll never again use any other carrot cake recipe... oh one more thing, this recipe is super easy and I think even a novice baker would have success. The only thing that took any time at all, was grating the carrots, and if you have a food processor, that would only take a few minutes. Ok, I'll shut up now, thanks again.
- 1 lb carrot, freshly grated
- 4 large eggs
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1⁄2 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1 1⁄2 cups oil
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
- 1 (10 ounce) box sugar
- 4 ounces unsalted butter
- 2 teaspoons real vanilla
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat oven to 325°.
- Add 1 egg at a time to the grated carrots until all 4 have been added.
- Beat after each egg Add the oil and mix.
- Then sift all of the dry ingredients together and add it to the oil, egg, and carrot mixture in 4 parts, beating after each addition.
- Next, add the walnuts and mix well.
- Pour into a greased/floured tube pan.
- Bake for 1 hour at 325°, or or when a tooth pick is inserted into the cake and it comes out clean.
- FOR THE ICING: Soften butter and cheese. Blend well and then add the sugar and vanilla.
- Beat until smooth and creamy.
- Frost only after cake is cooled.