My mom and I are professional carrot cake taste testers. It’s a tough job. Anytime we’re at a restaurant and carrot cake is on the menu, it’s our professional obligation to order it.
Okay, not really. But we both really, really like it. Over the years, we’ve collectively tried A LOT of different recipes. No matter how many try, we keep coming back to this classic recipe from the 1970’s.
Here’s the clipping from my mom’s recipe box.
Before I talk about the actual recipe, can we just talk about this clipping for a second? I love so many things about it… The Days of Our Lives reference, the fact that “pecans are ….” (who knew?!) and the haphazard order of ingredients (not like today’s recipes, in which ingredients are listed in the order used).
They really knew how to do things in the ‘70s. I say “they” because I was still a toddler when this recipe was published, so all I really knew how to do was terrorize my mom in the kitchen, much like my kids now do to me.
Anyway, this is a no-holds-barred kind of carrot cake. Decadent. Moist. And full of carrots, like a carrot cake should be.
But since this isn’t the ‘70s anymore, I can’t help but make a few tweaks to it. Sure, my tweaks may take away from the decadence a bit, but since my kids love eating carrot cake in the form of “mini muffins” for breakfast and snack, my recipe cuts back on the sugar and oil a bit, adds raisins, uses some whole grain flour and skips the frosting. And it’s still delicious.
Here’s my helper, mixing the ingredients.
I mean, seriously, look at all those carrots and raisins! They are literally spilling out of each mini muffin. We haven’t even put them in the over yet and can see my son’s mouth watering already.
My kids literally “line up” to eat these things. (My daughter is dutifully posing for the picture here while my son is ready to have a break-down. He can’t believe I’m making him pose for a picture when there are carrot muffins to be eaten!)
Hurrah! A carrot muffin!!
These mini muffins are perfect for little mouths.
Seriously. You have to give these things a try. As my son says, “they are DE-LISH!”