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Christmas Dessert: Carrot Cake

Carrot cake is a very popular dessert with my family. My mom got this recipe from a friend many years ago and we’ve been using it ever since. We’ve never had it at Christmas- it’s usually an Easter dessert or made for a birthday or other special event, but my dad requested it for Christmas this year, so I made one. I love this cake because it’s so moist. I also love the cream cheese frosting. I don’t even bother trying out new carrot cake recipes because I love this one so much! This is also David’s favorite cake and he generally requests it for his birthday or anytime we go somewhere where I need to bring something. Here’s the recipe:

1 ¼ cups canola oil
2 cups sugar
4 eggs, beaten
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup black walnuts (optional)
3 cups grated carrots

Mix oil and sugar; add eggs and blend. Sift together dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture. Stir in nuts. Add carrots slowly, blending well. Pour batter evenly into 3 greased and floured pans. Bake at 325 for 30 minutes.

Frosting and Filling:

1 stick margarine or butter (I always use butter)
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
1 box confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup chopped nuts

Mix all ingredients; blend until smooth and creamy. Add a small amount of half-and-half or milk if it is too stiff. Spread between layers and top and sides of cake.

7 Responses

  1. […] be like. Carrot cake is David’s favorite cake and it is a favorite in my family as well. My mom’s carrot cake recipe gets requested for birthdays and holidays all the time, and for good reason. It is incredibly […]

  2. I’m curious- why do you use margerine rather than butter in the icing. Does it give a better texture?

    • As far as I know, it doesn’t have anything to do with texture; it’s just that you can use whatever you have on hand. I always use butter actually, and meant to put that in my post. You can see that I just updated it. I don’t think I’ve ever used margarine in it. This is an amazing carrot cake- you should try it if you get a chance! 🙂

  3. […] were told to bring in a square cake.  I let David choose which type of cake to make, and he picked carrot cake, which is one of his favorites.  Our instructor told us to coat the cake with a thin layer of […]

  4. […] favorite, I wanted to make it for dessert.  I’ve tried several carrot cake recipes, and this recipe remains my favorite for a classic carrot cake, and I loved the Tropical Carrot Cake version I made […]

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