3 Layer Carrot Cake Like Grandma Made

Carrot Cake, Photo by shellorz, Flickr commons

Carrot Cake like grandmother makes, where did it come from? When my wife and I first met I was not to much of a cake eater. Lemon pie was my favorite but, when she gave me a slice of her carrot cake I became a cake eater on the spot. Carrot cake may be eaten plain, but it is commonly either glazed or topped with white icing or cream cheese icing and pecans or walnuts, usually chopped. It is often coated with icing or marzipan made to look like carrots. The cake is popular in loaf, sheet cake and cupcake form, but round layer is probably the most popular.

According to some people carrot cake is a misleading name, they say the cake more closely resembles a quick bread in method of preparation. All the wet ingredients, such as the eggs and sugar, are mixed together, all the dry ingredients are mixed together, and the wet are then added to the dry and final consistency which is usually denser than a traditional cake and has a coarser crumb. My wife says you mix the dry ingredients then mix them into the wet. Difference of opinion makes the world go round.

Did you know this about carrot cake?

A Little Fun Carrot Cake History

Carrots have been used in sweet cakes since George Washington crossed the Delaware River, during which time sweeteners were scarce and expensive, while carrots, which contain more sugar than any other vegetable besides the sugar beet, were much easier to come by and were used to make sweet desserts. The origins of Carrot Cake are disputed but it is thought to come from Sweden. Now my wife says it came from her grandmother and she probably got it from her grandmother.The popularity of carrot cake was likely revived in the UK because of rationing during the Second World War.

Carrot cake was not generally available in restaurants and cafeterias in the U.S. in early 1960. They were initially a novelty, but they were so loved that carrot cake became standard desserts. In 2005. The Food Network list carrot cake with cream cheese icing as their number five of the top five food craze of the 1970s. When my wife worked for a large insurance company different departments would bring snacks for break periods. When it was my wife’s department turn she would make carrot cupcake and take them to the office. Later when she went to work for a small attorney’ office instead of doughnuts she would bring her cupcakes.

Carrot cake is often referred to by some folks as Passion cake and I can see why once you taste it. Many carrot cake recipes include optional ingredients, such as nuts, raisins, pineapple, or coconut. The most common icing on carrot cake is a cream cheese icing. Now if you want a really great cake recipe you have come to the right place because we are going to show you how to make a fantastic 3 layer Cake like grandmothers make.

Here is everything you need to make this family favorite 3 layer carrot cake.

Grandma’s 3 Layer Carrot Cake

3 Cups grated carrots
4 eggs
2 cups of sugar
1 1/2 cups Crisco Oil
2 cups cake flour [or 2 cups plain flour & 1 teaspoon baking powder]
3 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla


All ingredients should be at room temperature before mixing.
Cream eggs sugar an oil together. Sift dry ingredients together then add to the wet ingredients and beat well.
Next foil in carrots, Pour into 3 nine inch cake pans and bake at 350 degrees 30 to 35 minutes. When you remove from oven test to make sure its done. Insert a toothpick in the center and remove it, if clean cake is done.Let cool before icing.


1 box 10X sugar [1 lb,]
1 stick of butter
8 oz package of cream cheese.
1 cup chopped nuts. I prefer pecans.

Mix together and spread icing on cake.

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Source: Article By William Howard

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