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Mar 2, 2009 05:57 PM

carrot cake?

anyone have a good but pretty easy recipe for carrot cake? i'd like to make one for my friend's birthday tomorrow but my kids have another snow day so it has to be easy to do with little ones running about. thanks!

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      1. re: jaykayen

        I like this one, too, because it's not as heavy and oily as others I've made.

        1. re: chowser

          The original carrot cake recipe I tried was too oily, and I discovered I could halve the oil with no loss of moistness. Cooks Country has a recipe that takes this further - although it does include grated carrots, it also subs plain carrot baby food for some of the oil. I'll try this some time, although I'll probably steam and puree carrots instead. I like carrot cake that is on the dense side, with plenty of carrot, pineapple, and nuts.

          1. re: greygarious

            Carrot cake is so forgiving. I like it more like a cake than a quick bread which is how too many turn out (still good, though). I like plenty of carrots, too, and rarely measure, just eyeball generously. The last time I made that recipe, I used a pineapple cream cheese frosting which was good.

        2. re: jaykayen

          Me too, though "easy" might be a bit of a stretch. It's a lot of work (comparatively speaking), but totally worth it.

          One tip is to double the frosting from that recipe. What it calls for is a little thin.

          1. re: janniecooks

            thank you - i did search and couldn't find any. i hate when that happens.

          2. Here is another thread on carrot cakes. This one had a number of different recipes and some extensive discussion. It prompted me to start making carrot cake again after about a 10-year lapse.


            I settled on the Alton Brown recipe because the inclusion of yogurt in the recipe appealed to me. It was very good. But I also intend to try the recipe from Carb Lover, who started that thread.

            1. Take a box of spice cake add your grated carrots & pineapple as in your favorite receipe and procede from there. the juice from the pineapple is your liquid good luck