Best ever carrot cake

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and I can safely say, my Mother is one of the sassiest women I know. One of my favorite parts of our Thanksgiving trip was watching her entertain the grandkids while making her delicious carrot cake, which is actually my recipe. But she makes it and I never do. It’s so good, that I decided to share the recipe with you. You can add dried fruit, coconut, any type of nut you want. Below is our favorite way to make it!

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Ingredients for Cake:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 4 beaten eggs
  • 6-8 cups freshly shredded carrots (we used 6 cups for this one)
  • 3/4 cooking oil
  • 3/4 cup dried fruit bits (grandma soaks hers in orange liqueur first!)
  • 3/4 tsp. ground ginger

Ingredients for icing:

  • 6 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • zest from one whole orange
  • 4 1/2 cups of powdered sugar


  • Combine dry ingredients into a bowl
  • Combine wet ingredients into a second bowl
  • Add wet bowl to dry bowl and mix
  • Put into pans and cook on 350 degrees until a toothpick comes out clean
  • This makes two normal layers or three thin layers. We like three layers.

For Icing

  • Beat cream cheese and 1/2 cup softened butter, and orange zest
  • Gradually beat in 4 1/2 cups of powdered sugar

Or you can do like my Mom did and get my Dad to flirt with a baker and get 2 lbs. of cream cheese icing already made, then add all the orange zest to it 🙂

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Love, HauteAngel


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