Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats: Made-From-Scratch Carrot Cake

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Made-From-Scratch Carrot Cake

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Are you ever just needing something sweet?  It was Thanksgiving weekend and the kids and I had a hankering for something sweet.  {We had yet to have our family Thanksgiving, so none of those delicious pies had yet to enter our mouths}.

So enter in this carrot cake.  I had limited ingredients in our house, due to the fact that we were leaving town and didn't want to make a trip to the store, so finding something to actually make proved to be a bit of a challenge.

I pulled out an old church cookbook and came across a few carrot cake recipes.  I had carrots, the basic baking ingredients, and low and behold I had cream cheese and powdered sugar for the frosting.  Ding, ding, ding!

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Right behind my mom's coconut cake this is one of the best cakes I've made.  So good!  I put some tweaks into the recipe and I do believe that is what made it so moist.  And the kids? I've heard them say many times, "Mom, this is so good!"

They wanted second and third helpings.  I gave in to the second helping....but not the third!

Made-from-Scratch Cake Cake

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2 c. sugar
4 eggs
1/2 c. oil
1 c. unsweetened applesauce
2 c. flour
2 t. baking soda
2 1/2 t. cinnamon
3 c. grated carrots
8 oz. cream cheese
2 c. powdered sugar
1 t. vanilla

1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2.  In a stand mixer or large bowl cream together sugar, eggs, oil and applesauce.  Then add in remaining ingredients, folding in the carrots last.
3.  Grease a 9x13 in. baking pan.
4.  Pour the batter in the pan and bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
5.  To make the frosting: mix together the softened cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla.  Frosting should be nice and thick.
6.  Once cake has cooled spread frosting over the cake.
7.  Keep cake covered and it will stay fresh for a few days.

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Golly, just looking at this cake makes me want to make it again!

Today, this Saturday, I am enjoying a FREE day.  No kids, not much of a schedule and dinner with a friend later tonight.  I'm excited and so is she.  I think her exact words were, "I'm excited to sit down to a dinner where I don't have one kid on a boob and I'm balancing my bites with the other hand."

Hey, us moms, don't ask for a lot - just a nice dinner ALONE once in awhile!


  1. Looks delicious! I have a homemade carrot cake that has been my stand-by recipe for the past few years but I'll have to give yours a try!

  2. I made this for our Christmas dinner and it was good! I added 1 1/2 cups of chopped walnuts to the batter and 2 tablespoons of milk to the frosting to make it creamier. Delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I made this cake and it was absolutely delicious!

  4. I LOVE carrot cake, and this cake looks 100x better than anything I have ever eaten!

  5. I'll vouch for it Stephanie - it is the BEST carrot cake! And very easy to make, I might add.

  6. What if I don't have unsweetened applesauce.. I just have reg. Can I reduce sugar?

  7. Go ahead and use regular applesauce. I would reduce the sugar by a 1/2 cup.

  8. This is seriously the best carrot cake I have ever tried! My fiance loves it as well, he ate the entire thing the last time I made it and has requested it AGAIN :) and hes a picky eater, so that says something ;)

  9. Know anyone that has tried as cupcakes? Any suggestions or changes?

  10. I personally haven't tried these as cupcakes but I'm guessing it would work just fine! Not sure on how long to bake but maybe start at 15 minutes and just keep your eye on them?

  11. So far so good. Took about 20 minutes per 12 cupcakes in a dark pan :) haven't tasted but they smell divine!!!

  12. I halved the recipe and baked in an 8" square. The only other change I made was the addition of 1/2 tsp. salt. I served the cake unfrosted -- it was really delicious and took no time to throw together. Thanks for a great, quick recipe.

  13. What would happen if you added milk to the batter? I have been able to get by doing that with other cakes… just curious!

  14. Hi Tina. I guess what would be your reason to add milk to the batter? To thin it out? I'm sure it wouldn't harm it, but it is fine without