Today, I’m sharing Dad’s favorite recipes. Since my dad doesn’t do the cooking, I’m sharing one of his favorite recipes to eat – my Mom’s Carrot Cake! It is by far the BEST carrot cake I’ve ever had, hands down! It’s the only recipe I use for this super moist and delicious cake. My mom has made it countless times for all sorts of occasions like birthdays, Easter, Thanksgiving and, of course, Father’s Day!
It has a lot of wet ingredients that help contribute to its tenderness and dense, moist texture. Having made all sorts of cakes, from birthday cakes to wedding cakes for many years, I have a few secrets to success for you!
First, you want to make sure you cut parchment paper circles just shy of the size of the baking pans. Spritz the pan with a little cooking spray, then place the paper and mouth out onto the bottom. The spritz will help the paper stick to the pan. After you’ve inserted the paper, then spray the paper and insides of the pan generously with cooking spray. This will ensure that the cake won’t stick to the pan. Sometimes homemade cake recipes have a tendency to stick more often than boxed varieties.
Cooling is another important step. Use wire racks to elevate the pans and allow for air circulation. Allow the cakes to cool for about 10 minutes before inverting and releasing from the pans. Once cakes are cooled to room temperature, place cakes and racks into the freezer to firm up. Most of the time, I prepare a cake a day or two before it’s time to serve so that I can fully freeze the cake. This will make frosting the cake super easy!
After the cakes are frozen, make sure to peel off and remove the parchment paper before frosting or you’ll have a big problem on your hands!
If the cake has a dome on top, trim it off with a serrated knife to make sure you have a level layer of cake.
When stacking cake layers, I usually place the flat side down on the first layer, then the flat side up on each layer after that, making sure to smooth a thick layer of frosting between each layer.
Continue layering and press firmly and evenly to keep the cake level.
Next, ice the cake with a thin layer of icing. This is called the “crumb coat”. Don’t worry about getting crumbs in this layer of icing. Smooth it out as evenly as possible. You’ll notice that the frosting will firm up on the cake – this is good and will help making icing the cake easier.
Now you’re ready to fully ice the cake! I like to use a metal cake comb to make a very smooth cake. You can get one just like mine right here!
You can use any side of the comb you wish depending on whether you want a smooth cake or one with designs. I usually smooth the cake first, then go back with the comb for a design texture.
Once you’ve spread the frosting on the top and sides of the cake, use the straight edge and smooth the sides first, moving the cake counter clockwise. Scrape off the excess frosting back into the bowl, then run the cake comb under hot water between use. This will make an almost perfectly smooth cake.
Once the sides have been smoothed, rinse the comb with hot water, then swipe the top of the cake toward yourself, working around the cake until you’ve smoothed the top.
If you see edges of the cake through the frosting, you can let it firm up a little, then add more icing with your spatula, then smooth with the comb again. You’ll eventually get it the way you want!
On a carrot cake, I like to press chopped pecans onto the sides and a little on the top for garnish.
One last tip! If you want to pre-slice your cake with beautiful, clean slices, then you’ll need to place the entire cake back in the freezer. After several hours, remove the cake from the freezer and using a sharp knife, slice the cake. Make sure to run the knife under hot water and clean off the knife between slices. You’ll get perfect bakery-style slices!
I hope you’ll give this wonderful recipe a try! It’s soooo good! I hope you enjoy!
Mom's Carrot Cake
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1 ½ cups vegetable oil
- 2 cups grated carrots
- 1 small can 8 oz crushed pineapple with juice
- 4 eggs
- ¾ cup chopped pecans more if garnishing on the sides and top
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees,
- Combine dry ingredients; set aside.
- Beat eggs with oil and sugar; beat to combine.
- Add dry ingredients and stir until combined.
- Stir in carrots, pineapple with juice and nuts; beat until just combined.
- Pour into 3 greased and floured 9-inch pans and bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until done when tested.
- Let cool completely. (I freeze the layers before icing to make it easier).
- Ice with cream cheese frosting.
- 2 sticks salted butter, softened
- 2 (8 oz) pkgs cream cheese, softened
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 (2-lb) bag powdered sugar
- Combine ingredients in a mixing bowl, then beat until smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
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Hands down, my favorite cake! Yours looks divine!!!
Thanks Liz! I love it too!
Your cake is beautiful. There’s nothing like a delicious carrot cake. Oh yes. Nice post!
This cake is gorgeous! Carrot cake is my son’s very favorite and now I need to try your recipe. Looks so moist and delicious!
Thank you! We love it!
Laura Dembowski says
I just had an awesome carrot cake at a restaurant last night and it has me craving a homemade one. This recipes is just in time.
The Ninja Baker says
Grrrrreat tips for baking and frosting, Jennifer. You are truly a pro. The freezing and making the cakes flat is a regular practice. But I’ll have to try scooping the frosting back into the bowl…Anyway, gorgeous looking and sounding happy any day celebration cake =)
Thanks! I love the way the frosting firms up as you ice a frozen cake, especially cream cheese frosting…otherwise it can be harder to work with.
Denise Wright says
That is not only beautiful but delicious looking too! My hubby loves carrot cake and both Father’s Day and his birthday are next weekend and I SHOULD make this. I’m a horrible baker though. I like how you explained every step. Maybe, just maybe I can do this. Really looks yummy!
Thank you Denise! Oh, you CAN do this, believe me! It’s easy. If you don’t want to bother with a layer cake, you could pour this into a large baking sheet (watch the bake time – less because it’s thinner), and just ice the top! A simple carrot sheet cake!
This is my all time favorite cake and yours in gorgeous! Your recipe looks incredible – I’ll be making it soon
Sarah Reid, CNP (@jo_jo_ba) says
I am so in for this cake!
Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere says
Carrot cakes is one of my favorites! Yours looks fabulous!
Patricia @ Grab a Plate says
Ahhh! This is one of my favorite cakes that I’v yet to make myself! Your cake is gorgeous, and I just love family recipes! Beautiful!
Thank you Patricia!
Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm says
That is one gorgeous cake right there.