02 September 2010

Carrot Cake

My old stand-by.  I have been making carrot cake since I was in my early teens and it has always been a hit.  I first started making it for family gatherings, and I remember a conversation I had with my Aunt Joan about how I shredded the carrots.  Not that shredding carrots is some big mystery, but she noted how they were so fine, and weren't really noticeable at all.  Ever since then, I make a point to always shred my carrots by hand on the medium grating blades of my box grater.  Over the years, my recipe hasn't changed much.  I have tweaked my cream cheese frosting recipe a bit, added more cinnamon; and I like to pack in as many shredded carrots as possible to get three cups, since they are the star of the show.

At work, we have a birthday cake rotation, each person is asked to bring in a cake for the person who's birthday comes after their own.  Last year, when it was my turn to bring a cake, my co-worker asked for a carrot cake.  After trying the cake, several people asked me for the recipe.  I didn't want to just copy the recipe from the cookbook I used because of the changes I made, so I typed up a recipe of my own. 

When preparing to post the recipe here on my blog, I didn't know who to give the credit to.  I did a little research and found that recipes themselves aren't copyrighted, but the text of them are.  I could use the exact same ingredients of a recipe, write my own directions, and call it 'original;' but that wouldn't be ethical.  However, with the changes I have made to my carrot cake recipe, I can proudly say this is a true "Luke" original, and my first original recipe posted on Latent Chestnut.  I can't think of a better recipe to hold that title than my carrot cake.

Carrot Cake
Printable Recipe

2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups finely shredded carrots (firmly packed)
1 cup cooking oil
4 eggs
1 batch cream cheese frosting (see recipe below)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and lightly flour a 13x9 baking dish.

In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. In a small mixing bowl, beat together the eggs and oil, then add the shredded carrots and combine.  Next, add the carrot, oil and egg mixture to the dry mix until it just comes together; making sure not to over mix. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake in a 350 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let the cake cool completely before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting
8 oz. package Cream Cheese, softened
4 oz. butter, softened
3 1/2cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

With an electric mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat together the cream cheese and butter until thoroughly combined and light and fluffy. With the mixer on low speed, add the salt and gradually add 2 cups of the powdered sugar, beating well. Add the vanilla and the gradually add the remaining 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar.  Once the powdered sugar is combined increase the mixer to high and mix until the frosting reaches spreading consistency.


  1. I hope this "Luke's Original Recipe" idea doesn't stop here. People need to know how your mind works in the kitchen, all the time! :0)



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