Let me just say that I love carrot cake. I’ll admit the cream cheese icing is most of the reason I order it but am always bummed when the cake itself is bland or dry. This recipe will certainly not disappoint. I needed a dessert to take to dinner with friends last night so I thought I’d give it a try since I’ve never made a carrot cake from scratch. It was good timing – my husband who is not a fan was out of town so I would hear no grumbling about making a dessert he didn’t like!
You all know this is certainly not a food blog (what kind is it really?) but I do like to share recipes I stumble across that are easy and delicious. I struggle, though, because I do a lot of my cooking out of cookbooks. It feels wrong to just reprint someone’s recipe unless I adapt it in some way (and would note that) which is infrequent. This recipe is from my go-to cookbook, The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook. This cookbook is my first stop for any recipe and is pretty much foolproof.
Sometimes, however, recipes are posted on line which is the best because then I feel better about sharing with you and can just link to it and save typing! So, here’s the link:
-The color in real life is deeper and more orange – the photos are a bit overexposed.
- I grated my carrots more thinly than probably necessary (oh, my arms!) because I don’t like chunky pieces.
- Cooking time – The picture above is a piece from the dead center of the cake. You can see it may be a smidge undercooked in that spot. The texture was fine -I didn’t notice when I ate it and only saw it on my computer screen. I checked the cake at 3o and 35 minutes and removed it at 40 minutes when an inserted toothpick still had a couple crumbs. Any longer would have made the rest of the cake dry.
- The icing is delicious but just barely enough to cover the 13×9 cake if you ice the sides. I’ll probably increase the amount by a quarter or half next time. It’s very soft so wouldn’t be suitable for a layer cake.
- Nuts would be a great here. I wanted to try out the basic cake first and then play with the spices (might need some more nutmeg and cinnamon) and other additions in the future.
Give it a try!
Sadie was a fan of the icing. When I got home last night I found the spatula from sink in the middle of my rug. That’ll teach me not to fill the dishwasher before I leave. Here she wants some of my piece too!