Sam's Famous Carrot Cake
This carrot cake recipe combines carrots, pineapple, raisins, and walnuts to make a moist and satisfying dessert.
I have to say that I was very disappointed with this recipe. After reading all the great reviews I thought this would be great, but then nearly everyone who gave 4+ stars modified the recipe in some way. I followed the recipe exactly and got a dense and moist, yet bland, unsweet, oily cake which tasted nothing like any of the carrot cakes I've ever had. I also thought the cake had too much going on in it. Bits of crunchy carrot shavings here (even though I shredded them super fine with my food processor), pineapple bits there, and an occasional raisin. The first thing my fiance, who loves carrot cake, said when he saw the cake was, "that does not look like a carrot cake," and he is right. It is a very dark and un-carrot cake like color, more like rye bread. My biggest regret is that I wasted a can of perfectly delicious whipped cream cheese frosting and a half pound of walnuts for the topping.
This has got to be the best carrot cake EVER! I soaked my resins in hot orange juice before adding them to the batter and baked them in two 9” cake pans for 35 minutes cooled on a rack for 10 minutes then removed them from the pan to cool completely and refrigerated overnight to frost the next day. It came out so moist; just perfect. I iced the cake with Cream Cheese Frosting II from this site. YUMM!
Ultra moist and delicious. I used 3 cups carrots and 1 1/2 cups walnuts, left out raisins/coconut according to family preference. The best me and all of my Easter guests had ever had. Frosted with cream cheese frosting: 12oz cream cheese, 1 stick butter, 1tsp vanilla, 1T flour (to cut down on the ultra sweet flavor sometimes buttercreams have) and about 3 1/4 cups powdered sugar. I can't wait to have room for another piece!
It was as great as I expected or much more!! I was planning to bake this cake and I just found "How to Decorate an Easter Cake (Video)" on this site before I make it! So I tried to make a Bunny Cake as you can see my posted picture :) I baked with a 10" round pan out of this recipe, and the batter was a perfect amount. I don't know if it helps but my oven took 85 mins for the cake to be done... Actually I baked this cake at my friend's house and she said her oven was a little bit weak. When I assembled the bunny, I didn't cut the top off the round cake so my bunny got so fat! But it was super cute :P I frosted the bunny with "Cream Cheese Frosting II by Janni" as many reviewers reccomended, and made bunny fur with flaked coconut. In the video, they toasted coconut flakes but I wanted to make my bunny white so I didn't toasted. Decorating was so fun and of course the cake was a huge hit!!