Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Blue Ribbon Carrot Cake

Recipe from Stacy Sossner's grandmother, Rosalyn Levine, of Great Barrington, MA.  Stacy and her family are long-time friends of our family, from Kingston, NY.  This old-fashioned Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is the best!

Ingredients for Cake:

2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
3 eggs
3/4 cup oil
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 cups sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups grated carrots
8 oz. crushed pineapple, drained
3 1/2 oz. coconut
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Ingredients for Buttermilk Glaze:

1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 lb. butter or margarine
1 Tbsp. corn syrup
1 tsp. vanilla

Ingredients for Cream Cheese Frosting:

1/4 lb. butter or margarine, softened
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups confectioner's sugar
1 tsp. orange juice
1 tsp. grated orange peel


Cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, generously grease 2-9" cake pans (also line with foil), sift flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon together; set aside.  In a large bowl, beat eggs.  Add oil, buttermilk, sugar and vanilla; mix well.  Add flour mixture, pineapple, carrots, coconut and walnuts.  Stir well, pour into pans.  Bake 55 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. While cake is baking, prepare buttermilk glaze.

Buttermilk Glaze: In small pan combine sugar, soda, buttermilk, butter and corn syrup.  Bring to a boil, cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla,  Remove cake from oven and slowly pour glaze over hot cake.  Cool in pan until the glaze is totally absorbed, about 15 minutes.  Turn out of pan and cool completely.

Frosting:  Prepare  by creaming butter and cream cheese until fluffy.  Add vanilla, confectioner's sugar, orange juice and orange peel, mix well.  Frost cake.


  1. I have been baking more and saving by baking my own instead of spending money at our local bakery which can be dangerous!

  2. I love baking and have developed a pretty good repertoire of things that I like to make... I still buy bread, croissants and bagels at the store, but would love to try to make croissants at home. I just found an interesting blog that you may be interested in -- it's called Maida Heatter Bake-Off (http://mhbakeoff.blogspot.com/), and it's based on one of my favorite cookbooks, Maida Heatter's Book of Great American Desserts. It's done by two sisters who are going through and making all the recipes from the book, like Julie and Julia! I've had my book so long now it's practically falling apart, and it's only been used for maybe a half dozen recipes -- the same ones over and over! I've already tried one new recipe from their blog and am really excited to try some other new ones that I probably would not have tried otherwise...not the sauerkraut cake though!