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Any suggestions for good carrot cake in philly

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  1. I love the carrot cake at Famous 4th Street Deli, but ordering a slice is a commitment, they're huge slices.

    1. The carrot cake from The Night Kitchen is amazing! I am not a huge fan normally but theirs is so very good.

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      1. re: spicemistress

        The Carrot Cake at Smith & Wollensky on Rittenhouse Square is very good and very big. Or just go to the web site of Steve Poses, legendary restauranteur, get the recipe and make it yourself.

        1. re: JanePond

          YOu are right JanePond. That Frog/Commissary recipe from long ago, a Steve Poses recipe, is incredible. Haven't made it in years, but certainly have not forgotten it!

      2. I am a carrot cake fiend. We even had it for our wedding cake. On a recent late night hunt for carrot cake I ended up at Genuardis which had surprisingly good carrot cake. Whole Foods makes a better carrot cake with true cream cheese icing. Zakes Cakes in Fort Washington now carries it.

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        1. re: TeamPhilly

          Try Tabora Farms in Chalfont. It is in Bucks County, but worth the drive

          1. re: TeamPhilly

            Team Philly: Zakes cakes sells a Whole foods carrot cake?

            1. re: Displaced California Foodie

              Zakes makes their own carrot cake. Pardon my punctuation.

              1. re: TeamPhilly

                Hahah I remember trying Genuardi's carrot cake and thinking it was delicious but I didn't want to mention it due to its non-gourmet nature

                In fairness though, did you read the ingredients list? It was larger than the slice itself and had more chemicals than Michael Jackson's medicine cabinet!

                1. re: AgentRed

                  I agree about the ingredients. It must be a one font and the list is so long. But when it is a quarter to midnight and you're jonesing for carrot cake the old any port in a storm comes to mind.

                2. re: TeamPhilly

                  Exactly right, house made at Zake's.

              2. re: TeamPhilly

                Nearby to Zake's is Sweet Bytes Cafe. THey make the most amazing homemade cakes, their red velvet is to die for. I have not tried their carrot cake yet but if it is anything like their others I'm sure its delicious.

              3. What about the Carrot Cake Man in West Philly? Is he still around? I haven't had his cake in years, but he used to make a good one. Almost as good as my own.

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                1. re: Hansel

                  He used to sell his carrot cakes in the Lancaster Farmers Market in Wayne. I haven't seen him there in a while though. I think that bakery stand sells his cakes his cakes.

                  1. re: Hansel

                    The Carrot Cake Man’s carrot cake can often be found at Lee’s Deli (4700 Baltimore Ave.), Satellite Cafe (701 S. 50th St. at Baltimore) and the Seafood Factory (5209 Market St.). He still rocks.

                  2. If you can buy a slice of carrot cake from any place that is using the steve poses/commissary recipe...BUY IT it is the best.I owned a bakery in conshohocken for 15 years called morninglory and used this recipe and I sold a ton of them

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                    1. re: mglory

                      I think Steve Poses' carrot cake was my first back in the 70's. It still resounds as the best ever and unchallenged. Whatever happened to Steve?


                      1. re: Chefpaulo

                        Steve is still around although not in the retail restaurant business he runs frog'comissary catering business an I too remember going to the comissary back in the early 80's for his great food

                        1. re: mglory

                          If anyone is interested, Barnes and Noble does carry the newer (2002) edition of the Frog Commissary cookbook. I have the older edition published in 1985. That edition does include Stev'e's (or is it Anne Clark's) recipe for carrot cake, among other old favorites. I assume that the newer edition carries the recipe, as well.

                          1. re: Kshell

                            It was Anne Clark's recipe (oh, that filling!). Anne's next career was as a school teacher. She was my daughter's 3rd grade teacher several years ago.... One day I told her that her carrot cake recipe was actually MY carrot cake recipe, and she replied, "Yes, it is. Food is for the world." Love her!

                        2. re: Chefpaulo

                          Steve Poses has a new cookbook now: At Home by Steve Poses


                          Let us know if you buy the book.

                          Here is the link to the Frog Commissary Catering- Like JanePond mentioned above you can order a carrot cake here:


                        3. re: mglory

                          I miss Morningglory. Your cinnamon buns were the best!

                        4. Termini's makes adorable little individual carrot cakes

                          1. Isn't the best carrot cake the one you make yourself, for multiple reasons? First, there are a hundred optional ingredients you can customize to taste (plumped-up raisins, candied ginger, ground ginger, honey, ground coriander if you're British, ground clove, grated zucchini, shredded coconut, ground coconut, toasted pecans though not my thing, toasted walnuts, orange zest if you're Mediterranean, orange juice if you're my grandmother, pineapple, dollop of cream cheese baked right in the middle of carrot muffins). Second, it's foolproof. Most important, once you make it, you can help yourself to a slice whenever you like.

                            1. I know this is a very old thread, but I just wanted to mention a "blast from the past" for me anyway, in the form of carrot cake. I worked at the Lancaster County Farmer's Market (in Wayne) in high school (late 90's) and at D'Innocenzo's bakery a man named Vernon would sell his carrot cakes on Saturdays. During my several years working at the market there would be periods of "drama" between the owner of the bakery (Peter) and Vernon, so he would come and go. But, he worked there for many years, pitching his "Philly's best carrot cake" and offering samples. Anyway, fast forward 15 years and who is on my Market-Frankford El with a huge tray of cupcakes but Vernon, the Carrot Cake Man. He got off at 52nd street and I regret not flagging him down, as his carrot cake was amazing. Based on the links below he apparently has a few different flavors of icing now but still has a business centered around carrot cake. He's hard to track down, but if you ever see someone on a bus, train, or just walking down the street with a large tray of carrot cakes make sure you get a bunch. I am not really a carrot cake fan but these are amazing. I hope I see him again on my train soon so that I can confirm my memories aren't deceiving me.



                              1. Cupcakes Gourmet has really awesome carrot cake cupcakes... www.cupcakesgourmet.com - and since they're cupcakes, you get built-in portion control...

                                (the other flavors I've had from there have also been amazing!)

                                1. Top carrot cakes in my book:
                                  1. Metropolitan Bakery. They do a bundt cake, not layered. The icing's not too sweet and doesn't overpower the cake which is good on its own.
                                  2. Devon Seafood Grill. Carrot cake layered with pecan praline filling.
                                  3. Carrot cake man. You can get them at Lee's Deli at 4700 Baltimore Ave. The 34 Trolley will get you there from Center City and if you're in South Philly, the 64 bus goes across Washington Avenue and crosses Baltimore at 48th. The cakes (as of this morning) are right by the register--look for the oblong cupcakes in plastic wrap--and are usually available with with and without icing. It's a good, dense, well-spiced cake for $1.50. No raisins.
                                  4. Carrot cake bars at Whole Foods South Street. The bars are delicious, the carrot cake slices are average.

                                  Other contenders
                                  Talula's Daily: Overly-oily cake with muted flavors.
                                  Isgro's/Termini: Cute to look at, but underperforming in both the cake and icing.
                                  Famous 4th Street: The baked goods have always favored quantity over quality and the carrot cake is no exception. Order a slice and cut off the last two inches so you get the toasted coconut. Then disassemble the cake and remove and discard the layers which don't have crispy tops. Scrape off most of the icing as well.

                                  I've heard good things about Morton's and Butcher and Singer's cakes, but haven't had a chance to try those yet.

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                                  1. re: agozoic

                                    I've had the Butcher and Singer carrot cake. Pretty good, but overly sweet for my taste.

                                  2. Steve Poses Commissary cake has always been my perfect one.
                                    The recipe is available online and the cake is available at Frog Commissary with preorder.

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                                    1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                                      "We serve it at The Franklin Institute as a cupcake. We dig out a “hole” in the top of the cupcake for the filling before finishing it with the icing."

                                      I think my lunch plans have taken a sudden change for the better.

                                      (post-lunch edit) It's an impressive cake. Shrunk down to gourmet cupcake size, it's a little unwieldy--there's too much frosting and the blob of pecan filling needs to be better distributed. But once you fork and knife it to get the right ratios of cake/frosting/filling, it really shines and makes you wish for a proper slice with the filling evenly distributed. The filling was similar to the Devon Seafood Grill carrot cake but richer and less sweet. The frosting was also the right level of sweetness so you could taste the cream cheese and the cake, like all good carrot cakes, was delicious on its own. $3.49 at Franklin Foodworks at the Franklin Institute. Let it warm up a bit before digging in.