Trying to find a real carrot cake recipe is not as easy as you would think. My Mother-in-Law was having a big birthday party last Sunday and that was her only request. Real carrot cake. With real ingredients.
I have never been a fan of chunky carrot cake. Chunky as in… no visible carrot pieces. No nuts. No raisins. Never ever ever raisins in a cake.
I much prefer the box mix. Because really, its all about the cream cheese frosting anyway. As long as there is a cake with some sort of spice flavor under it I am good.
But I was wrong.
So, so so so wrong.
After searching for some time, I found a reliable source for the recipe. My friend Shaina from Food For Your Family has a beautiful, real and raw site. Raw in terms of ingredients (she uses real food… unlike me who just professed a love for box mix) and in terms of writing. (Seriously, I have never been emotionally moved by a food blog as much as I am with hers.)
I changed up a few key ingredients simply because I did not have any on hand, but for the most part tried to follow her great recipe. If you want the original in all its glory, be sure to visit her site!!
For the exterior I did a version of my original Rosette Cake. My beautiful mother-in-law was turning 67 (she really doesn’t look a day over 45!) and so piped out 67 flowers. Some are with the 1M tip (remember you can always use a 2D tip in place of the 1M) and the rest are with #27 tip from Wilton.
This is my favorite Cream Cheese frosting. (Its the best ever. Don’t click that link. You will be ruined for all other cream cheese frostings forever.)
Normally I would try to take a pretty picture of the cut-into cake, but since this was for an actual party there wasn’t that opportunity. Plus this cake is so gloriously chunky and crumbly that there would be no such thing as a ‘beauty shot’.
I did grab a quick picture of my piece though, just before I gobbled it down in 30 seconds flat.
Man it was good. The flavor was delightful. The texture was exquisite. The last bite gratifying.
I think I just talked myself into making another one.