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You all know that I'm stumbling into cake baking.  I do fine with cookies but ............... And I need a great recipe for carrot cake .  Got one?  Pretty please.
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CARROT CAKE?

posted at 12/15/2011 5:03 PM EST
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You all know that I'm stumbling into cake baking.  I do fine with cookies but ...............

And I need a great recipe for carrot cake.  Got one?  Pretty please.

Re: CARROT CAKE?

posted at 12/15/2011 6:29 PM EST
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Nancy, here is a recipe from the Barefoot Contessa called Carrot and Pineapple Cake.  I've made it several times and get rave reviews:

For the cake:

2 cups sugar
1 1/3 cups vegetable oil
3 large eggs at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups plus 1 Tbs flour, divided           
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 pound carrots, grated
1/2 cup diced fresh pineapple

For frosting:

3/4 pounds cream cheese at room temperature
1/2 pound unsalted butter at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
1 pound conf sugar, sifted

Decorate with 1/2 cup diced fresh pineapple

Butter 2 (8 inch) round cake pans.  Line with parchment paper and butter and flour the pans.

For the cake:

Beat the sugar, oil and eggs together until light yellow.  Add vanilla.  In another bowl, sift together 2 1/2 cups flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.  Toss the raisins and walnuts with 1 Tbs flour.  Fold in the carrots and pineapple.  Add to the batter and mix well.

Divide the batter equally between the two pans.  Bake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Allow the cakes to cool completely in the pans before removing them.

For the frosting:

Mix the cr cheese, butter and vanilla in a bowl.  Add the sugar and mix until smooth.

Place 1 layer flat-side up on a flate plate.  With a knife or off-set spatula spread the top with frosting.  Place the second layer on top, rounded side up and spread the frosting evenly on top and sides of the cake.

Decorate with pineapple.

Re: CARROT CAKE?

posted at 12/15/2011 6:34 PM EST
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CARROT CAKE : PREHEAT OVEN 350* BAKE 50-60 mins or until toothpick inserted into the center come out clean

2 CUPS APF
2 CUPS SUGAR
1/2 TEAS.SALT
1 TEAS.BAKING SODA
2 TEAS.CINNAMON
3 EGGS
1 1/2 CUPS CANOLA OIL
2 TEAS VANILLA
2 CUPS GRATED CARROTS
1 -8 OZ. CAN WELL DRAINED CRUSHED PINEAPPLE
1 CUP COCONUT
1 CUP WALNUTS CHOPPED DIVIDED IN HALF
1/2 CUP RAISINS ( OPTIONAL )

Combine flour,sugar,salt, baking soda and cinnamon in a large bowl stir to mix well,set aside.in another bowl combine eggs,oil and vanilla mix well add this to the dry ingredients stirring well.Stir in carrots,coconut,pineapple, 1/2 the walnuts and raisins if adding.Pour into a greased,floured 13x9" cake pan and bake as directed.Cool in pan on a cooling rack.Frost with the frosting recipe used for the pineapple,banana walnut cake
Sprinkle the other half of the walnuts on top of the cake after frosting.

Re: CARROT CAKE?

posted at 12/15/2011 7:11 PM EST
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In Response to Re: CARROT CAKE?:
Nancy, here is a recipe from the Barefoot Contessa called Carrot and Pineapple Cake.  I've made it several times and get rave reviews: For the cake: 2 cups sugar 1 1/3 cups vegetable oil 3 large eggs at room temperature 1 tsp vanilla 2 1/2 cups plus 1 Tbs flour, divided            2 tsp cinnamon 2 tsp baking soda 1 1/2 tsp salt 1 cup raisins 1 cup chopped walnuts 1 pound carrots, grated 1/2 cup diced fresh pineapple For frosting: 3/4 pounds cream cheese at room temperature 1/2 pound unsalted butter at room temperature 1 tsp vanilla 1 pound conf sugar, sifted Decorate with 1/2 cup diced fresh pineapple Butter 2 (8 inch) round cake pans.  Line with parchment paper and butter and flour the pans. For the cake: Beat the sugar, oil and eggs together until light yellow.  Add vanilla.  In another bowl, sift together 2 1/2 cups flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.  Toss the raisins and walnuts with 1 Tbs flour.  Fold in the carrots and pineapple.  Add to the batter and mix well. Divide the batter equally between the two pans.  Bake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Allow the cakes to cool completely in the pans before removing them. For the frosting: Mix the cr cheese, butter and vanilla in a bowl.  Add the sugar and mix until smooth. Place 1 layer flat-side up on a flate plate.  With a knife or off-set spatula spread the top with frosting.  Place the second layer on top, rounded side up and spread the frosting evenly on top and sides of the cake. Decorate with pineapple.
Posted by Bakery1 G





Hi Bakery 1 G this looks really good my recipe is pretty basic I have never made a cake with fresh pineapple,I just may have to try this one I love Ina,she is a great chef everything she makes looks so good and she uses ingredients that one can find and afford lol! Have you ever made her blueberry crumb cake? That's a great one!

Re: CARROT CAKE?

posted at 12/15/2011 8:05 PM EST
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Wow!  Both sound wonderful.   I've printed them.  Thank you

Re: CARROT CAKE?

posted at 12/15/2011 8:38 PM EST
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Nancy, how are you going to decide what one to make?
I love carrot cake and have not made one yet.
There was a little sandwich shop in my town.  the owner made a carrot cake and a tray of brownies everyday.  When you went in for a sandwich you had to order the carrot cake first because it would sell out.  The owner had a sign up behind the counter...Life is uncertain, eat dessert first.
Sandwich shop is out of business and the carrot cake is just a memory.

Re: CARROT CAKE?

posted at 12/15/2011 10:34 PM EST
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It's 9:30 PM ..... I'm almost always in bed by 9,  But I'm thinking of going to Walmart to get a big bag of carrots so I can make some cake in the morning.  That means dragging out my food processor - ugh. 
And - lol - I haven't decided what recipe.  I know I won't use any fresh pineapple.  That's so hard to find!!
I am still absolutely astonished that a carrot cake calls for pineapple!!

Re: CARROT CAKE?

posted at 12/16/2011 2:00 AM EST
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In Response to Re: CARROT CAKE?:
Nancy, here is a recipe from the Barefoot Contessa called Carrot and Pineapple Cake.  I've made it several times and get rave reviews: For the cake: 2 cups sugar 1 1/3 cups vegetable oil 3 large eggs at room temperature 1 tsp vanilla 2 1/2 cups plus 1 Tbs flour, divided            2 tsp cinnamon 2 tsp baking soda 1 1/2 tsp salt 1 cup raisins 1 cup chopped walnuts 1 pound carrots, grated 1/2 cup diced fresh pineapple For frosting: 3/4 pounds cream cheese at room temperature 1/2 pound unsalted butter at room temperature 1 tsp vanilla 1 pound conf sugar, sifted Decorate with 1/2 cup diced fresh pineapple Butter 2 (8 inch) round cake pans.  Line with parchment paper and butter and flour the pans. For the cake: Beat the sugar, oil and eggs together until light yellow.  Add vanilla.  In another bowl, sift together 2 1/2 cups flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.  Toss the raisins and walnuts with 1 Tbs flour.  Fold in the carrots and pineapple.  Add to the batter and mix well. Divide the batter equally between the two pans.  Bake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Allow the cakes to cool completely in the pans before removing them. For the frosting: Mix the cr cheese, butter and vanilla in a bowl.  Add the sugar and mix until smooth. Place 1 layer flat-side up on a flate plate.  With a knife or off-set spatula spread the top with frosting.  Place the second layer on top, rounded side up and spread the frosting evenly on top and sides of the cake. Decorate with pineapple.
Posted by Bakery1 G


This is the same as my recipe, and it's wonderful. The pineapple adds something special to the cake.

Re: CARROT CAKE?

posted at 12/16/2011 6:08 AM EST
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Ask and you receive. You are definitely at the right website! Merry Christmas to All.

Re: CARROT CAKE?

posted at 12/16/2011 6:31 AM EST
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Nancy G

the very best tip i can give you is not to be afraid of a recipe ---------------use what you have -------------and if that is canned pineapple-------------------it will still make a good cake -----as most good chefs tell you-----even the contessa---------

i once found a recipe for a coconut cake i wanted to try------------but it called for frozen coconut -and i was unable to find it in Texas so i just used a can of sweetened coconut -----------and had rave reviews

Re: CARROT CAKE?

posted at 12/16/2011 6:33 AM EST
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 Thanks for the great recipes.

Re: CARROT CAKE?

posted at 12/16/2011 8:00 AM EST
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I had the best carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.

Re: CARROT CAKE?

posted at 12/16/2011 8:05 AM EST
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I bought the carrots last night and put them in the food processor so I'm ready to go this morning.

Re: CARROT CAKE?

posted at 12/16/2011 9:41 AM EST
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The best carrot cakes I have had has had pineapple in it. I have had Carrot cake both ways and the pineapple does make a difference.  It adds moisture and a bit of texture but you don't say gee this is a pineapple carrot cake.  The raisins are a big deal as well you have to add them! And every carrot cake I have had must contain nuts! The dense cake and the deep flavors can take the walnuts rather than the milder pecan.

Re: CARROT CAKE?

posted at 12/16/2011 10:39 AM EST
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love the idea of pineapple

Re: CARROT CAKE?

posted at 12/16/2011 12:28 PM EST
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I made  one 9x13 this morning - it's cooled off and frosted.  I could not taste it!! 
That would look kind of tacky.    It goes as a little gift to the kids'  music instructor
at church so I can't remove a chunk.  
I'm taking it to church early this afternoon and hope I catch her.
It has the pineapple, all called for walnuts in the cake abd lots more on top
of the cream cheese/butter frosting.

Re: CARROT CAKE?

posted at 12/16/2011 2:13 PM EST
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In Response to Re: CARROT CAKE?:
In Response to Re: CARROT CAKE? : Hi Bakery 1 G this looks really good my recipe is pretty basic I have never made a cake with fresh pineapple,I just may have to try this one I love Ina,she is a great chef everything she makes looks so good and she uses ingredients that one can find and afford lol! Have you ever made her blueberry crumb cake? That's a great one!
Posted by gale g


Haven't tried the blueberry crumb cake, Gale, but it sounds wonderful. 

Re: CARROT CAKE?

posted at 12/16/2011 5:35 PM EST
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They sound good - can't wait to try a couple of them!

Re: CARROT CAKE?

posted at 12/16/2011 7:32 PM EST
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Nancy,  My mom's carrot cake does not have pineapple in it. We have
always had it without pineapple.  I have had the carrot cake with
pineapple in it but I don't like it that way!! Go figure!! I think I'm used
to having it without. It you want to have the recipe, I will post it but it
looks like a lot of people like it with pineapple!!!  I just got a fresh
pineapple for 99 cents on Wed. at Sprouts!!  I love fresh pineapple!!!

Re: CARROT CAKE?

posted at 12/16/2011 8:08 PM EST
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Please Carol - post your recipe too!! 
I sure wish I could have tasted the one I gave away - lol.
And the young woman who got it really has no choice but to
say something nice.
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