This recipe originated in the Colorado Cache Cookbook, which is a collection of recipes from the Junior League of Denver. They come out with a new edition every once in a while, but mine has a copyright of 1978. It's not listed under "Desserts" but rather under "Picnics and Camping." Other than the note that it travels well, I have no idea why.
It's a great recipe, yet I've made changes to virtually every aspect of it. Sophie Mae serves my version after a dinner of pot roast, mashed potatoes with gravy, and green beans in the the fifth Home Crafting Mystery, currently under construction.
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 4 eggs, well beaten
- 3 cups grated carrots
- 1 cup applesauce (chunky or smooth)
- 1 cup unbleached flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 teaspoons soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons ground allspice
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 teaspoons orange extract
Cream oil, sugar, and molasses. Add eggs, carrots, applesauce, and vanilla and orange extracts. Mix well. Mix dry ingredients together in a separate bowl. Add flour mixture to carrot mixture a small amount at a time, blending well. Pour into a 10 x 14 inch greased and sugared pan and bake at 325 degrees for an hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool before frosting.
Cream Cheese Frosting
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
Beat all ingredients together until smooth. Spread on the cake.
Changes: The original recipe called for 1 1/2 cups of vegetable oil. I replace 1/2 cup of that with the cup of applesauce. It called for 1 1/2 cups of sugar, a third of which I replaced with the molasses (and use very sweet carrots). Instead of 2 cups of white flour, I replaced half with whole wheat flour. The original calls for a cup of raisins and a cup of chopped pecans, both of which are good. Oh, and I upped the vanilla extract by 1/2 teaspoon and added the orange extract.
Since there are only two of us, I divide the batter between two pans. The 8 x 8 inch we eat. The larger one goes in the freezer to share with guests later.
Before I could get to the finished product with the camera, a hole mysteriously appeared in one corner. K swears it was the cat.
Who apparently used the fork I found in the sink.