Carrot Cake

Carrot CakeEmilie recently came to London for a short visit and while she was here she asked me if I knew of a good basic recipe for carrot cake.

Now… I’m not normally an expert in cakes, but carrot cake is a different story!  Carrot cake has always been my favorite — my mom used to make it for me on my birthday when I was growing up, always using the same great recipe from the Alice Bay Cookbook.  The cake is so good, I asked the bakery who made my wedding cake to follow the same recipe.  (My wedding cake was such a hit I remember looking over at the end of the night and seeing a bunch of people scraping the last remains off the tray!)

It’s delicious and it’s so simple — I have never known it to disappoint!  Just ask Emilie…

Here’s the recipe:

Alice Bay Carrot Cake:

-2 cups sugar
– 1½ cups vegetable oil
-4 eggs
-2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
-1 teaspoon salt
-2 teaspoons baking soda
-2 teaspoons cinnamon
-3 cups grated carrots
-1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350° F.
In a large bowl, mix sugar, oil, and eggs. Sift dry ingredients together and gradually add to wet mixture. Stir in grated carrots and nuts. Pour into a greased and lightly floured 9×13-inch pan.
Bake for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. Frost with Cream Cheese Frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

-1 8-ounce package of cream cheese, softened
-3/4 cup butter, softened
-1 box of powdered sugar
-2 teaspoons vanilla
-1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

For a printable version of this recipe, click here.


Comments (15)

July 20, 2009

I had been searching high and low for a good birthday cake and I should have known that Courtney would have the perfect recipe. After all, I believe I was one of the wedding guest scrambling for the last crumbs of her wedding cake. It is truely divine…

July 21, 2009

That is making me go weak at the knees. Guess I know what I’m doing this weekend!

Belinda B
July 21, 2009

I was one of those scraping the last remnants from the wedding cake!! It is sooooooo good! I definitely recommend giving this recipe a try!!

July 21, 2009

carrot cake is my favorite! and ever since i left new york 2 years ago i have been missing the one of dean and deluca desperately. now i can try to make my own…thank you! ps: it would be great if you could add a feature on the blog where we can print easily.

July 30, 2009

Vanessa, a printable pdf is now available for this carrot cake recipe!
We hope to make all our recipes into printable versions soon!
Thanks for the tip!
xx, Courtney

July 21, 2009

This cake looks like a winner..
Thanks for sharing.

July 21, 2009

Yum! I’ll have to try this one. Thanks for sharing, Courtney. I’ve got an awesome recipe for brownies if you’re ever looking for one! Maybe I’ll even post it…

July 22, 2009

Hi Lindsey,
I would love to get your recipe for brownies!!! Do share!

July 21, 2009

Yum! Thanks for the recipe!
(I like Vanessa’s suggestion on the print feature!)

July 21, 2009

I want to make this recipe. Looks yummy!
But how much is 1 box of powdered sugar in grams or ounces or cups?

July 22, 2009

Hi Sandra,
I believe one box of powdered sugar (also called confectioner’s sugar or icing sugar, here in England) is equivalent to 4 cups/ 500g.

Hope this helps!
xx, Courtney

July 27, 2009

as soon as I have a free moment i will try!

December 22, 2009

This cake is seriously unbelievable.

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