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Carrot Cake

Recipe photo courtesy of Kenji Toma

Beneath this towering yet unpretentious appearance lies multiple layers of moist, mildly spiced cake that are flecked with carrots and pecans and enveloped by a generous coating of cream cheese frosting.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, August 2007



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  • beachvine
    14 NOV, 2018
    This recipe is PERFECT. I make it for my husband's birthday. Thank you, Martha!
  • ALR4393217DW
    11 AUG, 2018
    Perfection for the home baker! I followed the directions exactly and it was perfect! No changes, no corrections. This is a favorite and only gets made for special occasions. Yes, there is a generous amount of icing, but, carrot cake always has a generous amount of icing. The extra will get used for something else, not an issue for me.
  • MS12446321
    18 APR, 2018
    It’s really pretty good. I roast the pecans for 7 minutes in a 350 oven to enhance their flavor. I also add 1/2 to 3/4 cup raisins to the recipe. Finally, when it comes to the frosting, I make 3/4’s of the recipe and still have some left over. It’s a good recipe!
  • MS11801247
    30 MAR, 2018
    This carrot cake recipe is freaking amazing!!!
  • bradlohrenz
    13 MAR, 2018
    Wow, this recipe is fantastic. It is a crowd favorite. I bake a lot and this is the most requested from friends and family.
  • cheryl.harnishfeger
    9 DEC, 2016
    Made this cake for my carrot cake loving boyfriend's birthday last year, and he said it was the best carrot cake he's ever had. About to make it for his birthday tomorrow, as he's been requesting it and talking about it for the past year. This cake came out moist and just sweet enough. Paired with the Cream Cheese Frosting recommended for this cake.
    • andreabalbinava
      1 AUG, 2017
      Hi Cheryl, i have a question, for the cake you use (12 ounces of unsalted butter ) it is total? or the recipe is 12 ounces for each one ( stick) ? thanks so much!!!
  • cakengiftsini
    1 JUN, 2017
    This cake is well decorated and looking very attractive, The recipe of this cake that you given is also very simple and easy to bake it. Today we will make it. Last time i made such beautiful cakes from :
  • sholloway13049028
    19 APR, 2017
    This cake is easy to make and delicious! Perfect carrot cake!
  • nwkawa
    12 FEB, 2017
    I really liked this cake even though I am usually not a lover of carrot cake because it's too dense for me..... but it was delicious despite being dense! I've made it a few times for my carrot cake loving faamily/friends and they all raved about it. I found the video to be on the sloppy side. She neglected to mention baking soda in dry ingredients, she used 2 pans for cake while recipe called for 3, and she said she put toasted pecans on frosting but nothing mentions that in recipe, and they didn't look to be toasted. Does that mean you toast the pecans for cake batter as well? I found her a bit hard to follow. She seemed really nervous.
  • kellycolombagm
    17 NOV, 2016
    This recipe is for the perfect carrot cake! I have been using it for years and it's my husband's favorite. I, like a few others on here, half the icing recipe. I also omit the ginger from the recipe as I'm not a big fan. It may not rise much as it is a dense cake, but with three layers, it becomes a very decent size.

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