by Donna Cain
I have always loved carrot cake. It was my mom’s favorite cake and whenever we asked what cake she wanted for her birthday she would always say- “Carrot Cake please”. I usually make a family recipe that is in our cookbook. It is fairly dense, full of carrots and raison and ohhhh so delicious!
I recently found this recipe in my favorite magazine, Cape Cod Life which is from Connie’s Bakery in P’Town. I must say that this is the BEST carrot cake I have ever eaten. I wish my mom were with us as I would be so curious of her thoughts and if she likes it better then our original recipe.
- 5 large eggs
- 2¼ cups sugar
- 1½ cups canola oil
- 3 cups carrots, ground
- 2¼ cup all purpose flour
- 3 Tablespoons cinnamon
- 2¼ teaspoons baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup coconut
- ¾ cups dried cranberries (craisons)
- ¾ cup toasted slivered almonds
- ½ pound butter ( 2 sticks, softened)
- 1 pound cream cheese
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350. Combine and set aside- flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. In a separate bowl, combine and set aside- coconut, cranberries and almonds.
- Mix eggs and sugar until light and fluffy. Pour in oil and continue mixing. Add ground carrots to the mixture until combined. Add dry ingredients and mix for 3 minutes on medium speed. Add nuts and fruit at end until combined. Pour batter into 2- 9" greased cake pans or one cookie sheet and bake for 35-45 minutes. Cake is done when toothpick inserted in center and comes our clean. Let cakes cool before removing to a wire rack.
- For frosting- Beat butter with a paddle attachment or hand beater until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar and beat on low until blended. Turn to high speed and beat for 5 minutes until light and fluffy with no lumps. Add salt and vanilla. On medium speed, add cold cream cheese a little at a time, and beat until incorporated. Turn mixer to high speed and continue beating until light and fluffy with no lumps. Scrape bowl down often during mixing.
- The recipe called to stake the 9" cakes and to frosted like a traditional cake. We like to do a single layer of cake with a single layer of frosting. Either way it;s delicious.
Try it- guaranteed you won’t be disappointed!. Or plan a trip to our inn, the Captain Freeman Inn on Cape Cod and enjoy our afternoon treats.