Family Heirloom Carrot Cake

"This has been in my family for I don't even know how many years. Very happy to share with all of you. ENJOY! (I thought that I had lost this and about died, turned the house upside-down to find it....putting it on here for safe keeping!!!)"
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photo by Lalaloula
photo by Lalaloula photo by Lalaloula
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Ready In:
1hr 35mins
1 2-layer cake




  • In large bowl, beat oil, flour, sugars, eggs and vanilla.
  • Add and mix in cinnamon, nutmeg, soda and salt.
  • Mix in carrots.
  • Fold/mix in pecans and raisins.
  • Pour batter evenly into greased and floured 9" cake pans.
  • Bake in 350° oven for 50-55 minutes til toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool 5-10 minutes, turn out onto rack to cool completely.
  • For frosting:

  • Beat ingredients til smooth.
  • Place 1 cake onto plate, frost top. Place second cake on top, frost sides and top of cake.
  • I store this in my airtight tupperware cake thingy in the refrigerator.
  • Variation: Spread a layer of apricot preserves between cake layers instead of cream cheese frosting. Then assemble cake and frost sides and top as usual. This takes about a 1/4-1/3 cup apricot preserves.

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  1. Made half of this as muffins for breakfast today and enjoyed it quite a lot! It was very moist and super tasty-I especially liked the combination of vanilla and cinnamon. The only problem I had with this, was that it was kinda oily even though I had already used 1/4 cup less than stated. Dunno what happened there, but Ill make sure to use even less oil next time as to make the muffins even more enjoyable. Oh and I also used less sugar than suggested (only 1/4 cup), due to personal taste preference. Other than that, though this was a real winner for me and Ill surely make it again. Thanks so much for sharing with us, Wildflour! Made and reviewed for May 09 Bevy Tag.
  2. This is a wonderful cake Wildflour. It has great texture and crumb, the flavor is outstanding. The cake is tender and moist, I loved the addition of raisins and yummy. I made 1/2 the recipe and baked the cake batter in jumbo muffin tins. I got 6 beautiful mini cakes. Which I drizzled with your tasty cream cheese frosting. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful rich cake.


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