carrot cake with cream cheese frosting

carrot cake with cream cheese frosting | everybody likes sandwiches

I love carrot cake. Besides my mom’s famous chocolate chip bundt cake, her other most requested cake was carrot cake. It was chock full of walnuts and raisins and it was thankfully without pineapple. I love pineapple but it’s my strong opinion that it doesn’t belong in carrot cake. Unfortunately, my mom also didn’t believe in frosting. Her carrot cake was baked in a bundt pan (of course!) and served up plain. It was delicious, but I’m almost ashamed to admit that I was 30 before I had my first taste of carrot cake with a cream cheese frosting. And it is a perfect pairing, obviously.

carrot cake with cream cheese frosting | everybody likes sandwiches

So when I went to make my birthday cake last month, I had a huge hankering for carrot cake. Unfortunately, I don’t have my mom’s original recipe, so I used one from the Miette Bakery cookbook and it was fantastic. Also, just look at how pretty the cookbook is. I love the scalloped edges and all that pink!! This is a small cake and I liked that. It’s baked up in a 7 inch cake pan and in this 2 person household it’s good to not have a big old cake hanging around for days. We had a couple of friends over to share and we got 8 healthy servings out of it. If you don’t have a small cake pan, bake up some cupcakes instead or use a loaf tin instead and adjust the baking time accordingly (meaning, uh, watch it after 20-25 minutes or so).

carrot cake with cream cheese frosting | everybody likes sandwiches

The cake itself got rave reviews. The crumb was moist and tender with a nice outer crust. I added cloves, nutmeg and cardamom to the original recipe for a cake that had just the right amount of spice. It’s also full of goodness from the grated carrots to the toasted walnuts, currants and coconut. You could almost think of this as a healthy dessert. Well, almost.

carrot cake with cream cheese frosting | everybody likes sandwiches

It made the perfect birthday cake even though I did have a few lumps while baking. Though you can’t tell from the photos, my cake fell in the middle and I’m not sure why. No matter, that is what frosting is for – it covers a multitude of sins! My frosting was a little lumpy because I didn’t sift. Don’t be like me. Just sift! Another issue was that the frosting was a little runny. I frosted it at room temperature when it should have been chilled down for a bit in the fridge. No matter, because it looked gorgeous with its painterly drips. A happy birthday cake indeed!

carrot cake with cream cheese frosting | everybody likes sandwiches

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18 comments to “carrot cake with cream cheese frosting”

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    Caz   June 24, 2013 at 1:11 am

    I absolutely love carrot cake. It’s one of those cakes I rarely make, probably because I’m too lazy to frost it! You’ve inspired me to put the effort in. Your version sounds lovely and spicy and that frosting looks gorgeous. Happy belated birthday. :)

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    Joanne   June 24, 2013 at 3:21 am

    Carrot cake is almost always my birthday cake of choice! This version sounds simply delicious.

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    christina   June 24, 2013 at 6:20 am

    I also LOVE carrot cake! Happy Birthday!

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    Caterina   June 24, 2013 at 6:27 am

    Gorgeous cake and Happy Birthday! I second your dislike of pineapple in carrot cake (and on pizza for that matter).

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    Ashlae   June 24, 2013 at 7:09 am

    Carrot cake is one of my favorites, but I’ve never tried it with currants and now I’m wondering why I’ve always made it with raisins!?!! I don’t mind it with pineapple, but prefer zucchini.. or extra carrots ;)

    Happy birthday, lady!!!!!

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    Eileen   June 24, 2013 at 10:20 am

    I definitely approve of the small cake! We can barely get through a loaf cake at our house, so something smaller is an excellent plan. Cream cheese frosting is my favorite, and this one sounds amazing!

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    Luc Latulippe   June 24, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    YUM! One of my favourites! I’ll be sure to attempt this one :)

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    Luc Latulippe   June 24, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    ps: And happy birthday!!

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    Fran Se3ymour   June 25, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Where can one get the cook book with the recipe in ?

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    irene   June 25, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Looks so tasty and I’m always on the lookout for a carrot cake recipe. Always thought pineapple was a must but I’ll try thus one. I hate sifting too….just too lazy!

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    vanillasugarblog   June 26, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    I love how dark this carrot cake is–you know they way it’s supposed to be.

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    Nicole   June 27, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Beautiful! I love the drips and what a pretty cookbook! I had no idea about the scalloped pages, eek!

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    kickpleat   June 27, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Thanks Caz, I know the feeling! I always think grating the carrots can be so tedious, but it really wasn’t that bad – there’s not a million carrots involved :) Enjoy, it’s a great version!

    Thanks Joanne, glad to hear that someone else finds it a great birthday cake.

    Thanks Christina!

    Ha, that’s where we differ, Caterina – I LOVE pineapple on pizza. But somehow in carrot cake, I hate the texture and the flavour too. weird!!

    Ashlae, oooh, adding in zucchini would be great for those extra heavy garden days in August when I’m swimming in the stuff! Will have to remember that :)

    Eileen, the small cake is where it’s at! We still got 8 slices out of it and we gave half to our friends to enjoy too! Sharing is best!

    Aw thanks Luc :)

    Fran, you can get the cookbook at most bookstores I would imagine – or follow the link to Amazon. Thanks!

    Irene, enjoy this one sans pineapple – trust me, it’s great :)

    Thanks vanilla sugar :)

    I love the drips too, Nicole. Thanks!

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    Grace   June 28, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    I made this cake and my family absolutely loved it. I put in raisins and pecans because we had them in the house. I love your recipes!

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    kickpleat   June 29, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Grace, so glad to hear that you all loved the cake! Thanks so much for you kind words :)

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    Joanne (Bijoux)   June 29, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    This cake looks so awesome! Carrot cake is one of my faves but it must have the frosting on it. I think it’s the only time I’m willing to eat cream cheese.

    Pineapple in carrot cake? For reals? Meh.

    What an adorable book…love the scalloped edging.

    I’m no expert but there are several possible reasons for your cake falling in the centre.
    1) Oven wasn’t pre-heated when you popped in the cake.
    2)Cake was removed from oven before it was fully baked.
    3)Eggs were too cold. I just heard of this one from the pastry chef I work with, which is why we keep all the eggs out of the fridge during the day prior to using them.

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    kickpleat   July 3, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Ahhh, maybe it was the eggs being too cold. I usually do leave out my eggs before baking, but I’m not sure if I did for this recipe. The cake was baked so I’m sure that wasn’t it. And yes, that book is sooo adorable, I’m glad I finally made something from it :)

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    Fandango Bizarro   August 28, 2013 at 7:23 am

    This is – hands down – THEE most delicious carrot cake I have EVER tried. I have added this to my recipe book and shall be making it MANY times!! <3

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