Reader Recipe Exchange: Best Carrot Cake

Bobbi Miller

 Bobbi Miller is not Jewish but she subscribes to the Jewish Light and is a regular reader. She and her husband, Colin, own Strauss Peyton, the portrait studio in Creve Coeur located at 515 N. Lindbergh Blvd. The couple loves to entertain at their Olivette home, and when in need of a dessert, Best Carrot Cake, always proves to be a winner.

Best Carrot Cake

Cake Ingredients

  • 1 9-oz. pkg frozen sliced carrots (a little more is OK)
  • 2cups sugar
  • 1 ½ cups vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs beaten
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¾ cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees.
  2. Grease 9×13 pan, cook carrots according to directions on package.  Drain and mash carrots.  Add sugar, eggs, oil and beat well.  
  3. Mix flour, soda, cinnamon and salt together. Add dry ingredients to carrot mixture.  Stir in ½ of the pecans.  Spray/oil the pan and pour mixture  in a 9×13 pan.  Bake for 40 minutes until toothpick comes out clean (if jiggly it is not done). 
  4. Cool completely before frosting (recipe below).  Then sprinkle remaining pecans on top. 

Frosting Ingredients

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  • ½ cup butter-softened
  • 8 oz. cream cheese-softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 ½ cups powdered sugar

Frosting Directions

  1. Mix ingredients together and spread over cooled cake.

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