Last year I tried my hand at making a homemade carrot cake from scratch. I got this recipe from a local charity cookbook that I bought.
My husband has always said what a wonderful dessert it is and that it was one of his favorites, so I tried making one. It became an instant hit in our household.
Not only has this become a very requested family favorite, but my friend Heather Nicole loves this cake so much, I make her one every year on her birthday! The inside is just so moist and delicious!
I love being able to bake birthday cakes for my friends and family members. It is a simple way that I can say I love you without having to spend a lot of money. To me, a homemade gift means more than a store bought gift.
Be sure if you are making this delicious cake, you top it with my homemade Cream Cheese Frosting. It is really what makes the cake taste so darn amazing!
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
- 2 cups white sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 3 cups grated carrots
- 1 cup chopped pecans optional
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- 4 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan.
In a large bowl, beat together eggs, oil, white sugar and 2 teaspoonsvanilla. Mix in flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.Stir in carrots. Fold in pecans. Pour into prepared pan.
Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpickinserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in panfor 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.
To Make Frosting: In a medium bowl, combine butter, cream cheese,confectioners' sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat until the mixture issmooth and creamy. Frost the cooled cake.
What kinds of cakes have you been baking lately?