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Sunday 6 December 2015

Carrot Cake Revisited

Last week our book club held the December meeting and again I made carrot cake for dessert. Because it is so popular, I decided to revisit the story about the cake and the recipe. If you ever need a cake for an occasion, I recommend this one.


Do you have a recipe that is your 'go to' item when you need to bake something for an occasion or event? My recipe, which Aunt Marie Smith gave me many years ago, is for carrot cake. I love this recipe because it does not require the creaming of butter and sugar which for me is the most hated part of baking. Therefore any recipe which omits such creaming is great and this one is my favourite.

This recipe, faded and stained, appeared any time there was tragedy or triumph, sick or bereavement, amongst our family or friends. In addition, if I had to bring a food item to an event, I often took this cake. 

People like it as well. The cream cheese icing could make the most bland cake palatable of course. However, this cake was not often available for consumption at our house, so when it appeared, it usually meant something happened. Whenever our daughter, Claire, saw the cake on the counter, she asked, "Who died?" Claire called it "the carrot cake of death."

Once, as she finished her nursing practicum at the local hospital, Claire refused to take the cake as a thank you to her co-workers. She said, "I can't take that thing to a hospital. It's too risky." We made a different one for the occasion.

Now however, the cake has found new consumers because I make it for our December and May book club meetings. The carrot cake of death is now the cake for bookies. Odds are they will all survive.

     Aunt Marie's Carrot Cake

1 1/2 cups of flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
2/3 cup oil (I use canola)
1 cup grated carrot
1/2 cup crushed pineapple (not drained)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Place all of the ingredients in the bowl

 and beat for two minutes at medium speed.

Bake in a greased 9 inch pan at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes.

Cool the cake before icing it.

                Cream Cheese Icing

3 oz cream cheese
4 tbsp soft butter
1/2 c chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
1 1/2 cups of icing sugar (you may need more)

Combine cream cheese and butter. Add icing sugar and mix well. 

Ice the cake. You can sprinkle nuts over the top.


I often double this recipe to make a layer cake. I use two 9 inch round pans.

Check the cake after fifty minutes of baking.

Make sure your baking powder and soda are fresh. 

Sometimes I mix this cake by hand. It's a bit denser but delicious.

P. S.

At the bookclub meeting, one of the women commented, "This cake is to die for."

"It's funny you should say that," I said.

Thank you to Aunt Marie for the great recipe all those years ago. It was a keeper.


Unknown said...

You are welcome. As I was reading this,I could almost smell the cake baking. One of my favourites too!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Very clever! The death theme made me laugh, then choke, then do a self-administered Heimlich, then recover. Man, that cake's a killer even over the internet!

Ginnie said...

How did you know that I was wondering what to take to the annual Christmas party next week? The girls will love it and thanks so much.

Marie Smith said...

It really is delicious!

Marie Smith said...

Lol. Glad you survived!

Marie Smith said...

Ginnie, I bake it closer to 70 minutes in my oven. I watch it closely past the 60 minute mark. Enjoy.

sousca said...

The story to the Carrot Cake of Death made me chuckle. (no please don't send me any!). Going off on a bit of a tangent, it reminds me of a Cat of Death story we had in the national newspapers here some time back. Residing in an old folks home and keeping the old folks company was a very popular cat, at least it was popular until it was noticed that shortly before the death of a resident, the cat would spend several hours with that person. I suppose that the cat got shooed off many an old persons bed after that!

Marie Smith said...

The cake doesn't do too well in the post so you are safe enough. Lol. Stay away from cats too.

Anvilcloud said...

Please. Send. Cake.

Marie Smith said...

It doesn't do too well in the post.

Mage said...

Now that's a great recipe. Thanks so much. I'll share my leaning Towers later.

Marie Smith said...

I look forward to it.