Carrot Cake Recipe

Heirloom Eats

From furniture and faith to collectibles and character traits, there are a lot of things that get passed down over the course of a family’s history, and recipes are no exception. But a recipe nurtured by generations of love and care is so much more than the food it creates. It’s also a reminder of the laughter and light that can happen when a family comes together.

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“My mother, Patsy Lewis, made this cake for me on my birthday every year, without fail. Mom was always the first to sing happy birthday to me every year until she passed away. It’s a tradition I have carried on with my sons. This cake reminds me of a spice cake, and the glaze makes it so moist. One of Mom’s love languages was cooking, and I remember always having something sweet in the house. I love to bake and think of her every time I use her sifter, bowl, and pan. I have passed this recipe on to my sons and hope to be baking with my grand-twins soon!”

Lisa McBryde

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slice of carrot cake

Carrot Cake

Lisa McBryde
Cook Time 35 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 15 slices


For the cake:

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups carrots, grated
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1-2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp. light Karo syrup
  • 1/2 lb. butter (I use a little less)
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda


For the cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • In a large bowl, mix sugar, carrots, vegetable oil, and eggs.
  • In a separate bowl, sift cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, salt, all-purpose flour, and pecans.
  • Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and continue to mix thoroughly until combined.
  • Grease and flour a 9x13 pan before pouring in cake batter.
  • Bake cake for 30-35 minutes.

While the cake is baking, start on the glaze.

  • To do so, combine all of the ingredients in a sauce pot and bring to a boil.
  • Cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Once you remove your cake from the oven, poke 10-20 holes in it and pour over the glaze.
  • Allow to cool before serving.
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