Grandma’s Apple Carrot Cake
Total TimePrep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min.
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1-1/2 cups finely shredded carrots
- 1 cup shredded peeled apple
- CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
- 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 tablespoon butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
- In a large bowl, beat the eggs, oil and sugars until smooth. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually add to egg mixture just until combined. Stir in carrots and apple.
- Spoon into a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
- In a small bowl, combine the frosting ingredients; beat until smooth. Spread over cake. Store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts1 piece: 392 calories, 18g fat (5g saturated fat), 61mg cholesterol, 190mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (42g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.
Sep 11, 2019
This is the BEST recipe ever for a most carrot cake!! I added half a cup of bran flakes, extra half a cup flour, half a cup chopped walnuts, half a cup sultanas, my family demolished it!! I also only used 3/4c lightly packed brown sugar. It really is super DELICIOUS! Thank you for sharing!!
May 3, 2019
Did not set up. Baked an additional 15 minutes. Yes it is moist but like others, no rise either. Had good flavor. Turned out more like a pudding than cake.
Sep 14, 2017
Good taste. It lacks baking powder so it didn't rise. Next time I will add more baking powder and walnuts. The frosting is perfect.
Sep 1, 2017
The flavor was great! However, mine cooked about 35 minutes and once it cooled, it was very dense and a little gooey. It didn't rise a lot either. I'm not that familiar with carrot cake, but it didn't seem right to me. It was okay but not a favorite.
Jun 30, 2017
As a volunteer feild editor with Taste of Home magazine I love recipes that use simple ingredients! This recipe was worth pulling out the food processor , it made quick work of a bag of baby carrots and a apple. Added 1/2 cup walnuts. Flavor was spectacular! My parents said best carrot cake they ever had. Super easy!
Apr 19, 2017
This was amazing. The sweetness of the apple added so much to the traditional carrot cake. I also loved that it made a small cake so we didn't have it around for days. In the future, I might add walnuts to the batter for a bit of crunch to change things up. I would also cut back on the confectioner's sugar in the frosting. It was a little sweet for me. This recipe is a winner overall!
Oct 14, 2013
What an AWESOME cake! I've made many different Apple Carrot cakes and this is by far the BEST. It was gone in a flash! Thank you for such a wonderful recipe!
Apr 17, 2012
i made this cake exactly like it said except i did 3 apples and some carrots enough to make 4 cups instead of 5 (i doubled the recipe). i put it in a 13.5" X 2" (3 Qt) glass baking pan @ 350 degrees for 45 minutes. it turned out perfect, moist and scrumptious. next time i will put the rite amount of carrots and apples if i have it but it was awesome!!! my 2 boys and their daddy went crazy over it!!!
Mar 2, 2012
I decided to experiment with this recipe and what I did was use:3/4 cup finely diced fresh beets, peeled & 3/4 cup shredded carrots (peeled) & 1 cup shredded apple. I also added 1 cup of raisins, 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1/8 cup flour so the raisins and chips wouldn't sink to bottom of cake. I baked the cake in two 8-1/2x4-1/2" greased and floured loaf pans. I baked the loaves at 350 0 F. for 50 minutes, then tested loaves for doneness. I cut one of the loaves and it was really pretty-the flecks of beet added color to the loaves! I renamed the recipe:Red Confetti Loaf! This way I can sneak the beets into the recipe and that way vegetables are incorporated into this cake in a subtle way!
Sep 24, 2011
Very good. Moist and flavorful. I added 1/2 cup pecans. Used pre-made cream cheese icing.