I have to make a carrot cake and I really don't have time to do it from scratch, and I was reading on one of the forums here that some of you use box mixes and combine the carrot mix with a spice mix. Which brand do you use and do you 'doctor' it up with say fresh grated carrots, and maybe extra cinnamon or something? I will want to use pineapple, does anyone else add that? And if so, how much?
Your help is appreciated.
I recently used Duncan Hines carrot cake mix (Supreme I think). Made cupcakes. I added some crushed pineapple, coconut, and chopped walnuts. I think it turned out great- people loved them. Extra spice would be good also.
If I were going to make it from a box mix, I would use DH carrot cake mix and add each box:
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup sour cream
1 box vanilla pudding
reduce your water slightly and add a little pineapple and a little fresh grated carrot
But anytime you alter a recipe you take the risk of a cake failer. Baking is a fine science of dry to wet ingredients.
There are a lot of scratch recipes right here in the recipe section of CC for carrot cakes. You could try mine if you like:
I prefer just boiling a can of Carnation evaporated milk for 2 hours for the caramel topping though. Just make sure if you do this that you do it ahead of time and let it remain in the water until it is completely cool. DO NOT try to open the can or even remove it from the water until it is completely cool.
I have made 100s of carrot cakes using Betty Crocker mix. I use pineapple juice as the liquid (when I have it on hand - otherwise use water) and about 1/2 Cup of fresh grated carrots.
I do not put pineapple or nuts in the mix. Nothing else is needed (except the usual eggs). And yes, of course, I have use my WASC recipe adding the extra flour, sugar, sour cr etc
I don't use spice mix unless I cannot find a carrot mix. Then I increase the grated carrots to about 1 cup and do the rest as stated above.
I use DH carrot cake mix and add 1 jar of pureed carrot baby food, sour cream, a package of vanilla pudding, 4 eggs and water.
thanks for all the replies! Lots of things to consider! I appreciate the response.