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The Consummate Carrot Cake Recipe

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This recipe for The Consummate Carrot Cake, by , is from The Braun Family Table, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Added: Thursday, November 8, 2007


2 c. all purpose flour
2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
2 t. ground cinnamon
3 large eggs
2 c. sugar
3/4 c. vegetable oil
3/4 c. buttermilk
2 t. vanilla extract
2 c. grated carrot
1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple, drained
1 (3 1/2 oz.) can flaked coconut
1 c. chopped pecans

Buttermilk Glaze:
1 c. sugar
1 1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 c. buttermilk
1/2 c. butter
1 T. light corn syrup
1 t. vanilla extract
Cream Cheese Frosting:
3/4 c. butter, softened
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
1 (3 oz. )package cream cheese, softened
3 c. sifted (important) powdered sugar
1 1/2 t. vanilla extract


Line 3 9-inch round cake pans with wax paper, spray wax paper with cooking spray and lightly flour. Set aside.

Stir together flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.

Beat eggs and sugar, oil, buttermilk, vanilla with a mixer until smooth. Add flour mixture to this, beating at LOW speed until blended. Fold in carrot, pineapple, coconut, and pecans.

Pour batter into pans and bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes (look for clean toothpick).


Bring sugar, baking soda, buttermilk, butter, and corn syrup to a boil in large heavy pan over medium-high heat. Boil, stirring often. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla.


Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with electric mixture until creamy. Add powdered sugar and vanilla, beat until smooth.

Drizzle buttermilk glaze evenly over layers and cool in pans on wire racks for 15 minutes.

Remove from pans and allow to cool COMPLETELY on wire racks.

Spread Cream Cheese frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Well worth the time and effort. For those who do not like cream cheese frosting (???) the Buttermilk Glaze alone is nice.




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