Carrot Cake

I love carrot cake.  The first time I ever had carrot cake was when I went to visit a camp friend outside Philly.  We went into Philly for the night and had dinner at the Commissary.  Not sure it even exists still but that carrot cake was one of the best things ever.  Years later I found the recipe which called for two not one but two boxes of powdered sugar.  No wonder it was so good. 

Emily made a killer carrot cake for Fred's bday.  She got the recipe from Smitten Kitchen. 

2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups canola oil
4 large eggs
3 cups grated peeled carrots

Preheat oven to 350. 

Butter 2 9" cake pans and cover the bottom with parchment paper.

Whisk flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger in medium
bowl to blend. Whisk sugar and oil in large bowl until well blended.
Whisk in eggs 1 at a time. Add flour mixture and stir until blended.
Stir in carrots. 

Divide the batter between the prepared pans, and bake the layers for about 40 minutes each.

Two (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup pure maple syrup

In a stand mixer beat all the ingredients on medium until fluffy.
Chill the frosting for 10 to 20 minutes, until it has set up enough to
spread smoothly.

Frost the top of one cake, place the other cake on top. Frost the sides
and top.   Refrigerate the cake until you serve it.  The frosting gets soft.


Comments (Archived):

  1. ellen

    looks delicious.I miss the old Alden Merrill cakes that was sold at their stand alone stores. There was one in Brookline and one in Newton Centre.The carrot cake, the cheese cakes, their chocolate eclair cakes – phenomenal. They came in frozen from their commissary but were fantastic and well priced.I saw something that said “Alden Merill” cake at a very bad discount supermarket chain in Ma. and they are certainly not the same cakes.Will attempt your recipe soon.

    1. Gotham Gal

      chocolate eclair cake sounds delicious.

  2. Wendy Read

    So funny, I had smittenkitchen’s recipe printed here and ready to go for next month! Your cake looks fabulous, wish I could eat some with you.

    1. Gotham Gal

      yum. looks good!

  3. Larry Susman

    Gee, hope that’s as good as it looks.I’ve just copied the recipe down hopefully I can recreate it, been looking for a good one for years. Very hard to come by a great price of carrot cake in the UK. I’ll let you know how it comes out.

    1. Gotham Gal

      it is pretty damn good.