Carrot Cake

cat stealing carrot cakeMy dog Jack loved carrots.  For his 7th birthday, I made him a carrot cake from my mother-in-law’s recipe.  He, and we, loved it.*

As you see, the cat did too.  While I was giving the birthday boy his cake, she was eating mine!


Sift or stir together, then set aside:

dog awaiting birthday cake2 C flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

2 tsp cinnamon

Mix together in a large bowl, beating after each addition:

1 1/4 C cooking oil

1 3/4 C sugar

4 eggs

Add dry ingredients to oil-sugar-egg mixture and mix well.

Stir into batter, without overmixing:

2 C finely grated or chopped carrots (chopped in food processor is best)

1 C drained crushed pineapple

baked cake cooling before icing3/4 C chopped nuts (walnuts are good)

The batter will be thin.  Pour into a greased and lightly floured 14” x 18” baking pan.  Bake in preheated 325˚ oven for about 35 mins. or until toothpick or sharp knife come out clean.  Cool completely before icing.


cake with pieces cut1/2 C softened butter or margarine

4-8 oz softened cream cheese (I use ‘light’, it tastes as good)

1 C or more of confectioners (icing) sugar

1 tsp vanilla (almond or walnut extract can be used instead)

Blend together.  Will be firm but not stiff.  Spread on cooled cake.  Refrigerate to keep icing cool.  This is a rich cake, so small servings are recommended, especially around cats. Very large, so you can half the recipe.

* If you make this cake for your dog, don’t put walnuts in it.  I scraped the nuts and most of the icing off Jack’s piece, but it still had walnuts in the cake.  I didn’t know that many nuts are toxic for dogs, including walnuts, almonds and, especially, macadamias.  He was ok, but another dog may not be.

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