Moodiemama's Carrot Cake
Updated: Jul 26, 2020
So here's the skinny on this carrot cake. It is rich and tasty and delicious, but definitely not a healthy snack. Who cares?! When there are vegetables in dessert, you're getting some sort of health benefit, right? Maybe, maybe not.
About 17 years ago, back when allrecipes.com was a bigger thing and Pinterest was not even a thought in the general population's mind, I found this recipe.
I was just a kid putting vegetables in cake though I thought that this was absolutely not the way to make cake. Let alone a good cake!
TWO decades later, this is my go to recipe for Easter or my brother in law's birthday. I have since tweaked it because pouring 1.5 cups of oil in a cake just seems excessive and I figured there had to be a better way.
MoodieMama's carrot cake
Yummy dessert made with the best vegetable ever: carrots! (Although, if there was a cake that made asparagus even more delicious, omg I would be in trouble.)
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Total Time: 70 mins
Keyword: Carrot cake, Carrots pandemic baking, Easter, Old-fashioned, dessert
3 cups grated carrots (about 4-5 medium sized carrots)
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
You can use any combination of granulated and brown sugar. I like to use 1 cup of each, sometimes 1 and 1/2 and then 1/2 cup.
1 tbsp vanilla
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup butter (or shortening or oil)
2 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup pecans
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Blend butter and sugars together until well mixed (usually light and fluffy)
Add the eggs, one at a time and then add the vanilla.
Add the carrots.
Add dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg) to batter and blend well.
Sprinkle the nuts at the bottom of the greased pan (I prefer bundt so doing this now puts my nuts on top of my cake when it is finished) or mix nuts throughout batter.
Pour batter into pan.
Bake for 30-40 minutes at 350°F.
When a toothpick or knife inserted in the middle comes out mostly clean, take your cake out the oven and let sit for 10 minutes.
Flip out of pan and allow to cool.