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Carrot Cake

If you like, grate carrots on a box grater, and mix cake with a mixer instead of in a food processor.

  • Yield: Makes 2 eight-inch layers
Carrot Cake

Source: Martha Stewart Baby


  • Butter, for pans
  • 4 medium carrots
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup walnut pieces
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter 2 eight-by-two-inch round cake pans. Line bottoms with parchment; butter, and dust with flour. Grate carrots in food processor; measure 2 cups, and transfer to medium bowl. Add raisins, walnuts, applesauce, and lemon juice and zest to carrots.

  2. Wipe food processor bowl; fit with blade. Add flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and allspice; pulse to mix. With motor running, pour in oil and eggs; process until smooth, scraping sides. Add carrot mixture; pulse. Pour into pans; bake about 40 minutes, until tester inserted in middle comes out clean.

  3. Cool in pans on rack for 20 minutes. Remove; cool completely, right side up.

Reviews (5)

  • Mknox 3 Feb, 2011

    I made this during the holidays and It is a family favorite. I excluded the walnuts and it was delicious anyway.

  • JNBodak 12 Nov, 2008

    My Easter guests and I agree, this was the best carrot cake ever. I made mini marzipan carrots to decorate the top of the cake. IT IS AWESOME!

  • Justine2008 30 Oct, 2008

    You don't have to have icing on every cake you bake-
    But if you do want to have it on this one, it's Cream Cheese Frosting usually.. Just type it in the search bar and it should come up.
    I'm pretty sure that's everyone's favorite! ;)

  • alleycat 22 Apr, 2008

    makes 2 cups / 8 ounces cream cheese, room temp/ 8 tabl (1 stick butter/ 1 cup confectioners sugar
    / 1 taspoon vanilla/ this is the best i ever made

  • myracol2003 22 Mar, 2008

    this is the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i can't find the frosting now????

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