Would You Share Your Favorite Carrot Cake Recipe?

Baking By aej6 Updated 4 Jan 2011 , 3:36am by JanH

aej6 Posted 1 Jan 2011 , 12:00am
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I've been looking around and there are many out there but I am wondering which YOU have tried and have personally found to be excellent.

I thank anyone/everyone in advance for any ideas!

Happy New Year!


(I'm looking to make a 2-layer 10" round Carrot cake for mid January.)

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cakeandpartygirl Posted 1 Jan 2011 , 12:15am
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I did a quick search on all recipes and you could try one from there:


I can't give you mine because what works for one person may not work for you. And it varies for the person that you are making it for. Some recipes use raisins but I wouldn't use that in mine but again you have to try what works for you. I would start out to see which ones have good reviews and go from there.

Ruth0209 Posted 1 Jan 2011 , 12:39am
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This one is excellent. It's the only one I use.


Elcee Posted 1 Jan 2011 , 1:52am
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I've been using this one for years. I add 1/2 cup of shredded coconut and a 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts.

Two 10" layers is a fairly big cake. Whichever recipe you try, you'll probably need to make more than 1 batch.

caymancake Posted 1 Jan 2011 , 2:00am
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I used to use my mom's recipe for years, but I always found the texture to be too crumbly..then I came across this one on this site - it is a base recipe for both a banana or a carrot cake. It is amazing either way - gives a delicious, moist and dense cake. My customers LOVE it. I do a variety of add-ins, but usually let the customer decide what they prefer...my add ins for the carrot cake includes raisins, currants, shredded coconuts, crushed pineapple and nuts. I hope this helps!


aej6 Posted 1 Jan 2011 , 2:02am
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Thanks so much!

jnf1 Posted 1 Jan 2011 , 2:55am
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I use southern living best carrot cake ever it is wonderful it is on their site enjoy

Gerle Posted 1 Jan 2011 , 3:25am
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I recently posted my favorite on CC's recipe site. It's the Orange Carrot Cake. I've been using it for years and everyone who's tasted it has really liked it. It's a very moist and delicious cake. Calls for a whole orange---peel and all. Try it...you might like it.

aej6 Posted 1 Jan 2011 , 3:44am
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Originally Posted by Gerle

I recently posted my favorite on CC's recipe site. It's the Orange Carrot Cake. I've been using it for years and everyone who's tasted it has really liked it. It's a very moist and delicious cake. Calls for a whole orange---peel and all. Try it...you might like it.

Thanks....may I ask....that's not too much oil? Seems like a lot compared to other recipes....just asking; happy to try it! I have some time so I may try many of the ones people here recommended.

Thanks to you all, again!

Kaybaby Posted 1 Jan 2011 , 4:20am
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I use Mrs. Fields carrot cake recipe. It is delicious. I did adjust the baking time to 50 minutes.


Corrie76 Posted 1 Jan 2011 , 5:49am
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This recipe is from the Colorado Cache cookbook, I've made this several times over the years and it truely is the very best carrot cake I've ever had. My brother in CA also uses this recipe and it appears to bake well in any altitude. The directions list a rectangle pan but I've baked this as rounds of every size(just takes less time to bake so keep your eye on it, if doing rounds)Also, I don't grease and sugar the pan- I grease, flour and use parchment on the bottom. This is seriously a must-try recipe:

Cover Mountain Carrot Cake

1 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
1 1/2 cup of sugar
4 eggs, well beaten
3 cups of grated carrots
2 cups of unbleached flour
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoons of baking soda
2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons of ground allspice
1 cup of chopped pecans
1 cup of raisins
1 teaspoon of vanilla



Corrie76 Posted 1 Jan 2011 , 5:57am
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hi, me again, lol. If you do 1 and 1/2 recipe will get you the 2 10"layers you need....although if you double the recipe then you could have a cake for yourself to enjoy! Another thing I do is that I add a 1/2 tsp of ground cloves. And for those raisin haters (I'm one of them) the golden raisins compliment the cake so well that even I can't leave them out!

cake_architect Posted 1 Jan 2011 , 8:00am
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jnf1- i absolutely love the southern living recipe too! it was in one of my mom's old southern living year books and its the only recipe she ever used and now the recipe i ever use =D the buttermilk glaze and cream cheese frosting make it to die for (all recipes on link) =D


Yield: 1 (9-inch) cake
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 large eggs
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups grated carrot
1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
1 (3 1/2-ounce) can flaked coconut
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts



Gerle Posted 1 Jan 2011 , 3:26pm
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Aej6, I've never found the oil to be too much in the orange carrot cake recipe. I know it's more than most recipes for carrot cake, but it works with this particular recipe.

aej6 Posted 1 Jan 2011 , 6:34pm
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Thanks so much, again, everyone....great ideas and very kind of you to all share....my co-workers better be ready for some serious Carrot Cake Taste-Testing! hahahahaha!


Off to bake..............

JanH Posted 4 Jan 2011 , 3:36am
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I like this (butter based) Straight Up Carrot Cake:



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