All Mom wants is a carrot cake
- janetms383 Nov 12, 2008 03:12 PM
I've made them in the past (and would really prefer a bakery cake!) but since it's Mom's 80th birthday, she deserves homemade.
The recipes I've used have produced an overly moist and sometimes oily cake. I want one that is most, but with a more cakey texture. And while cream chese frosting is great, other, lighter suggestions would be appreicated.
Thanks to all in advance.
Alton Brown's carrot cake is a cakey carrot cake and moist but not overly so or oily.
I made it w/ a pineapple cream cheese frosting. You could try a thin layer of browned sugar frosting. But the cake is good enough to have on its own.
I made this last night, used Greek yogurt instead of plain. I cut down on the oil by using 6 oz VOLUME of oil instead of 6 oz (by weight) that is called for. (I hate oily carrot cakes, too.) You might try to substitute some butter as well.
Try mascarpone cheese instead of cream cheese.
I usually use Ina Garten's recipe, which I like a lot, but my nephew requested a pineapple-free cake so I thought I'd give Alton's a try. It was excellent.
Like jayken, I used liquid measure for the wet ingredients, which means only 3/4 cup oil. The cake was plenty moist but not at all greasy. It has plenty of spice even though it doesn't call for much. I added 1 cup toasted chopped pecans and 3/4 cup raisins. I might add 1 teas. vanilla next time, but otherwise I'll stick with Alton's recipe.
I made an extra 1/2 recipe of frosting, baked the cake in my 9" spring-form, and split it so I could frost the middle. Two 9" cake pans would work, too.
Sorry, but your OP jus' don' soun' rite'. I grew up in the 1970's. Back then, carrot cake was ALWAYS, as you say, moist-oily-cream-cheesey. Then, in the 1980's, in the wake of nouvelle cuisine as re-invented by the Trois Grois Bros and Micheal Girard, all effort went into 'lightening up' traditional heavy, caloric desserts with disastrous consequences.
Now: if your mum wants an original, traditional carrot cake that she had as a child, go with the previous JOC reference.
OTOH, if your mum wants an up-to-date-hoity-doity-low-cal-low-fat carrot cake recipe-with-out-cream-cheese-frosting, I admit defeat.
[sigh]. did I mention that the first thing I cooked on my own as a college student was the carrot cake recipe from JOC? [cheescake was the second].