Serves a Crowd

Kid-Friendly Carrot Cake

August 27, 2011
1 Ratings
  • Serves 8
Author Notes

If your kids are like mine…they don’t enjoy a carrot cake packed full of “optional” ingredients like pineapple, raisins, etc. To turn the “I’ll pass” into “Can I have seconds”, I altered an old family recipe into the following kid friendly creation. I removed the raisins and pineapple, and added ground mace (more mellow than nutmeg) and some vanilla. —Brittany Smith

What You'll Need
  • Cake
  • 1 1/3 cups oil
  • 2 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 2 teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Mace
  • 3 cups Grated Raw Carrots
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Nuts
  • Frosting
  • 8 tablespoons Butter (softened)
  • 12 ounces Cream Cheese (softened)
  • 5 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 3- 9? round cake pans.
  2. Beat oil, eggs, sugar, and vanilla together. Sift flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and ground mace together into a medium-sized bowl. Into the egg mixture, add flour and oil alternately until well combined. Stir in carrots and nuts.
  3. Bake 30-40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes then turn cakes out onto cooling racks.
  4. While cake bakes, blend the margarine and cream cheese together. Slowly add the powdered sugar and vanilla.
  5. After cakes cool, begin stacking the layers, icing in between layers then on top of final layer and around sides. Sprinkle with extra nuts if desired. Enjoy!

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4 Reviews

Bna January 6, 2021
Can I sub the nuts for chocolate chips or just skip it?
Ly P. June 4, 2020
30-40?! This took an at least an hour before it actually cooked in the middle using a solid oven.
Brittany S. August 28, 2011
Oh WOW...that's what I get for posting recipes when I'm tired. Thanks for the catch, it's fixed :)
belgraviagirl August 28, 2011
I don't see any oil in the recipe ingredients.