Carrot cake

Carrot cake is one of my favorite’s  and even though it is usually  filled with raisins, I will always order it when we are eating out.   I am the world’s best raisin “picker outer”.

Many years ago, around 1975,  Jim and I traveled to London for the very first time.  My biggest desire was to have tea and scones.   When all the delicious scones and clotted cream arrived at  our table,  I took one look and realized the scones had raisins in them, lots of raisins.  That was when I decided to learn how to disassemble scones.

When I saw David’s recipe for carrot cake sans raisins, I knew it would be a winner.IMG_1554

I started grating the carrots by hand with a box grater, got interrupted by a phone call, and while talking on the phone remembered I had a grating disk for my cuisinart.   All I had to do now was find it.   Such a time saver.IMG_1557

With Super Bowl Sunday coming up I knew I would have a few taste testers so I decided to make this cake ahead of time.  Of course, the black olive tapenade, our recipe for that week, was perfect.   Everything went well,  especially when added to our usual wings, chips and dip, and deviled eggs. As usual, way too much food.IMG_1544

The carrot cake is a sure winner but I only prepared half a cake and even that was too much.fullsizeoutput_1488



5 thoughts on “Carrot cake

  1. Visions of you picking out raisins had me giggling (though I don’t particularly like raisins in baked goods myself).

    I love the half cake! It’s so clever. And this cake was SO BIG.

    And this is a really good carrot cake. So easy to put together the batter, especially once you find the grater blade for the Cuisinart.


  2. Your cake looks beautiful! I love the height you got on your layers.

    I’m also a raisin “picker outer” – glad you’re part of the club! I made the full amount of batter for this cake, but used 9″ pans for the layer cake. I got four mini-loaves from the rest of the batter, which my mother has been taking to her CWL meetings, along with a loaf of Dorie’s apple weekend cake that I made for her. (She’s very popular.) Everyone loved this cake and it disappeared quite quickly. Easter weekend was a good time to make it!


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