I am going to make a carrot cake for the baby's first birthday (he loves
carrots). However, my recipe and many I have seen, call for oil in the
recipe. How disgusting is that? I usually substitute cooked apple, or
in muffin recipes that call for that, cooked and pureed zuchini.
What is your favourite carrot cake recipe? This will be road tested by
a one-year-old baby and the neighbour children - 5, 7 and 9!
Thanks, Jo in Scotland
I've never baked a carrot cake but I did a quick survey for you. Not even
the American Heart Association's cookbook attempts a carrot cake without
oil. I expect you're stuck with it. And just how can it be possible that
your happy darling can be already turning a year old? Warm best wishes to
all of you! Polly
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I have a bil that says carrot cake is a waste of good cake. lol I like it
but only on request and I don't have a 'real hit' of a recipe. I did find a
recipe and discussion in The Best Light Recipe book from Cook's Illustrated.
They allege that a typical CC recipe calls for 1-1/2 cup oil. They reduced
that to 1/2 cup and claim it is as moist, tender and flavorful. They
reduced the eggs from 5 to 3 in their recipe. Oil is used rather than
butter for its cleaner, subtler presence in the cake. I don't think I have
ever seen a butter carrot cake. Happy Birthday to Tristan! We are having
chocolate cake with a custard filling here today to celebrate dh's birthday.
I do love cake.
Just made my favourite applesauce/carrot cake from an old standby recipe
from a women's magazine in the 70s. Makes a big 13x9 pan or a bundt pan.
Yes, it uses oil, but only 3/4 cup. I use a little less sugar and have used
pureed frozen apples instead of applesauce.
2 3/4 cups flour
3 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
3/4 cup oil
2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 jar (15 oz) applesauce
3 cups shredded carrots [about 1 pound]
1 cup golden raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts
Mix flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside. With whisk,
beat eggs. Stir in oil, sugar and vanilla. Add applesauce and carrots; mix
well. Add to flour mixture, stirring just to moisten. Fold in raisins and
1/2 cup walnuts. Pour into greased pan and sprinkle with remaining walnuts.
[For fluted pan, sprinkle walnuts in the bottom of a greased pan] Bake in
350 degree oven for about 45 minutes for a sheet cake, 65 minutes for bundt
pan. Last time I made this, I didn't have enough walnuts, so used half
walnuts, half pecans. Yummy!
Here is the recipe I use, I got it from a kosher website where it is
titled "Uncle Leible's Carrot Cake". Apparently Uncle Leible is quite
fond of his carrot cake.
It makes a vast carrot cake, an entire 2 piece tube pan full.
But it is a nicely moist cake, in part due to the pineapple I think, and
it does not take a great deal of oil for so large a cake.
Preheat oven to 350F
3 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. cloves
1/4 tsp. salt
Sift the above ingredients into a large bowl.
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup crushed pineapple (drained if possible)
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 cups carrots (grated)
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup oil
Beat eggs until light and foamy. Gradually add the sugar. Add the rest of
the "wet" ingredients. Mix thoroughly until all ingredients are blended.
Add the sifted flour mixture a little at a time. Make sure that the
mixture is thoroughly moist before adding more flour Continue until the
flour mixture is used up.
Pour batter into a well greased bundt or tube pan. Bake at 350F for about
45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry.
Invert and allow to cool on a rack before GENTLY removing from the pan. I
recommend a two piece tube pan for this cake - the two piece tube pan
makes removal of the cake much much easier.
I make this out as 15-20 slices of cake. Definitely 20 if you frost it.
On Mon, 03 Jan 2011 22:12:33 +0000, Jo Gibson
I can't imagine how dry a carrot cake would be if made without oil.
Here's my SIL's recipe that won first prize at a local fall fair a few
years ago. Simple and delicious.
BTW, no matter which recipe you use, there's little resemblance to
carrots in carrot cake so I hope baby is not disappointed.
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Prize Winning Carrot Cake
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/3 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/3 teaspoons baking soda
1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1-1/3 cups flour
2 cups carrot (raw); grated
1/2 cup raisins
1 recipe cream cheese frosting
Combine sugar and oil with beater. Add eggs one at a time while
continuing to beat.
Sift dry ingredients together and add to sugar and oil mixture. Beat
until well blended.
Fold in carrots and raisins. Pour batter into bundt pan.
Bake in 300F oven for 1 hour.
Cool on rack.
Frost with cream cheese frosting.
Cream Cheese Frosting
2 package (85g) cream cheese; softened
1/3 cup butter; softened
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3-1/2 cups icing sugar
1 teaspoon milk
1/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla extract in bowl.
Add sugar and milk and mix until smooth and creamy. Add more sugar to
thicken or milk to thin as needed. Spread on cooled cake.
If desired, sprinkle chopped nuts over top.
Notes: Marguerite Reid (1st prize Orangeville Fall Fair) ** Exported from Now You're Cooking! v5.87 **
I will often replace oil with applesauce if I know someone is watching
their calories. I have used it in cakes and cookies and there is no
noticeable difference is taste or texture. I use an equal amount of
what is called for.
Here in the States they have unsweetened and sweetened. I think
unsweetened is what I used since the recipients are calorie
I substitute with applesauce too, at least for some of the oil amount. My
pantry always has a few containers of baby food applesauce; keeps me from
letting a jar go ranky on me. Baby food bananas are also very good for
banana nut bread; careful - they do like to toss in stuff like pineapple
which might be a taste surprise. Polly
I made some over the holiday and it was the BEST I ever ate. I based it
on Dorrie Greenspan's recipe , which you can see here:
I included the coconut and left out the nuts and it was fantastic. The recipe makes 3 layers or 3 medium loaves. It does NOT need frosting to be drool-worthy.
Actually, I made carrot cake because I had a ton of carrot-raisin slaw
with pineapple (carrot, raisins, crushed pineapple, about 2 T sugar and
about 2 T light salad dressing) left over. I just used that for my
shredded carrots and added enough raisins to come up to what the cake
I will definitely make this again. I will probably use her recipe but
add in a little pineapple.
Monique in TX
I often substitute cooked apple for oil (if not all, at least half or
more) in recipes, and it is always delicious. I do this all the time
for muffin recipes, and they are lovely and they are all eaten, believe me.
I think the baby will appreciate the cake. He eats a lot, is 80 centile
and loves food... the only food he has ever spat out was Thai curry.
Everything else (including pumpkin pie, chicken tikka masala, chili,
pizza with peppers and spiced pepperoni) has vanished without a trace!
-- Jo in Scotland
Monique, you sound like my kind of cook. What fun to toss some slaw in a
cake and get away with it ( but we can) and carrots are just so Good for
you. Today, I grated some to add to plain old tuna salad and the Yorkie
said he would like a taste. He polished his bowl. You just never know.
"Monique in TX" I made some over the holiday and it was the BEST I ever
ate. I based it
James had a spinach filter. Everything else went down the hatch!
He's not fussy now, but has developed a few more dislikes, such as
cooked mushrooms and cooked courgettes...
Carrot cake would be a big hit.
When James was about 8 months old, we went to his godfather's for
dinner... Baby wanted to play - and eat! So godfather gave him a bagel
with olives... then one with sundried tomatoes... They were only
tiddly home made bagels, but three olive ones vanished. We found the
remains of the last one under him when we took him out of the chair to
put him to bed: he'd eaten all the olives out of it, and about half the
Since then it's been hard to keep olives, goat cheese, most other sorts
of cheese except blue cheese, and most other foods in the house for more
than a day!
He's becoming a fine cook in his own right.
Yes, he likes olives and gets most of the sliced black ones from my
Subway sandwich. Today for various reasons we had Subway for dinner,
and he stuck the olives slices on his fingers like "rings". Then ate
them. He also happily downed several pickle slices, cut up by me. A
boy after my own heart.... or sandwich....
-- Jo in Scotland
Here's my recipe Jo - it's always a hit with friends and family and
the oil really makes it nice and moist.
CLASSIC CARROT CAKE
1 can (8 oz.) unsweetened crushed pineapple
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
=BC teaspoon salt
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups shredded carrots
=BE cup chopped walnuts
2 packages (8 oz. Each) Philadelphia cream cheese, softened
=BC cup butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 =BD cups icing sugar
Drain pineapple, reserving 2 tablespoons juice (discard remaining
juice or save for another use). In a large mixing bowl, combine dry
ingredients. Add the eggs, oil, carrots, pineapple and reserved
juice; beat until combined. Stir in walnuts.
Transfer to a greased 13 x 9 inch baking pan. Bake at 350 for 35-40
minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out
clean. Cool on a wire rack.
For frosting, in a small mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and butter
until smooth. Beat in vanilla. Gradually beat in icing sugar until
smooth. Spread over cooled cake. Yield: Approximately 12 servings