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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Real Carrot Cake

This is without a doubt the best Carrot Cake I've ever eaten. The gooey cream cheese frosting has been replaced with a simple rum-infused glaze.The cake will store at room temperature for up to 5 days. The longer it sets the better it gets.

It is said that in 1783, George Washington was served Carrot Cake in a tavern in lower Manhattan to mark British Evacuation Day. It was not until the 1960's that this cake was slathered in the frosting we know today.

You will be sending me hugs for this one.

Serves 12
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3 cups plus 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1 cup raisins
5 large eggs, room temperature
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 pound carrots, peeled and rated, use your food processor

1/2 cup dry white wine or dry vermouth
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons buttermilk
1 teaspoon rum, light or dark

1. For the cake: Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a 12-cup Bundt pan. Whisk 3 cups flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl. Toss the walnuts, raisins, and 2 teaspoons flour in a small bowl until well coated.

2. With an electric mixer at medium high speed, beat the eggs and granulated sugar until combined. Reduce the speed to medium and slowly add the oil until incorporated. Increase the speed to high and beat until the mixture is light and creamy. Using a rubber spatula, stir in the flour mixture, the walnuts and raisins, and carrots until combined. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 50-60 minutes. Cool the cake in the pan for 30 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool completely, at least 1 hour.

3. For the topping: Brush the vermouth over the cake until it is absorbed. Whisk the confectioners' sugar, buttermilk, and rum in a medium bowl. Drizzle over the cake. Serve. (The cake can be stored at room temperature for up to 5 days.)


  1. i really need to make a carrot cake. it is one of the guys favorite cakes and they would be very happy.

  2. I like carrot cake, but I do have a friend who loves it, and this would be a nice little gift for her. I secretly like the cream cheese frosting more than the cake ^o^ xo

  3. this is a great recipe, some what like the one i use, almost the same but I really like this glaze, the cream cheese frosting is so sickly sweet, I like it but this would be healthier and a nice change,

  4. I am with Barbara, the cream cheese frosting for me is my favorite! But I love carrot cake very much! Thanks for sharing! Sending hugs back!

  5. I love carrot cake, my recipe is a little different from yours, but not much. I don't have any wine or rum in the house, though. The glaze recipe I have is 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup buttermilk, 1/2 tsp soda and 1 tsp white syrup. You boil it over low heat for 5 minutes and pour over cake. You've got me wanting carrot cake!I also like the cream cheese icing.

  6. I love carrot cake and now I can add a little liquor to the top! Awesome!

  7. Oh goodness, this sounds better than anything. Can't wait to try it.


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