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My Favorite Skillet Carrot Cake Recipe

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When I was a child, the thought having carrots in a cake was totally disgusting. In fact, I could hardly believe anyone would waste a good cake on carrots. I finally decided that I should try a bite and see why everyone was gobbling this cake up.

Wow, what a flavorful experience! Perhaps the cream cheese icing just made the whole thing work. I don’t know, but I can tell you this, every child should eat carrots this way!

My grandson loves carrot cake. I think the aromatic spices are the major reason, as I can’t really taste carrots. I just wonder why they were ever put in a cake? The Carrot Museum gives us a little clue.

According to food historians, our modern carrot cake most likely descended from Medieval carrot puddings enjoyed by people in Europe, although no one really knows for sure. But they do know that during the middle ages, sugar and other sweeteners were difficult or expensive to come by in Britain and carrots had long been used as sugar substitute.

Carrot cake and its precursors took several forms, including baked in pastry, like pumpkin pie, steamed and served with sauce, like plum pudding, and baked in pans and served with icing, like cake today.

All I know is that we love Carrot Cake at our house! I have a great recipe for a carrot cake cooked in an iron skillet! This will be sure to please your friends and family.

Skillet Carrot Cake
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  3. 1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt
  4. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  5. 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
  6. 1 cup sugar
  7. 2⁄3 cup vegetable oil
  8. 2 large eggs
  9. 11⁄2 cups finely grated carrot
  10. 1 (4-ounce) can crushed pineapple, un-drained
  11. 1⁄4 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  12. 1⁄4 cup pecans, chopped
  13. Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe follows)
  14. Garnish: chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 9-inch cast-iron skillet with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar, oil, and eggs. Add sugar mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until combined. Fold in carrot, pineapple, coconut, and pecans. Spread batter in prepared skillet.
  4. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool completely. Top with Cream Cheese Frosting. Garnish with chopped pecans, if desired.
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Cream Cheese Frosting
Makes about 11⁄2 cups
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Ingredients
  1. 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  2. 1⁄4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  3. 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  4. 2 1⁄2 cups confectioners’ sugar
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Beat in vanilla. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar, beating until smooth.
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Comments 6

  1. I recently purchased myself a set of Lodge Logic seasoned cast iron cookware! This
    will be my first receipt to be made in my 9″ skillet, husband loves carrot cake and its raining and cold
    outside so it will be a treat after dinner tonight! Thanks for your perfect timing! Will need to purchase your book and explore some tasty dinners for two! I have made so many of your recipes and they are all delish! Bravo to you! Carmel

  2. I too love carrot cake. Thank you for this recipe and thank you Phyllis, for reintroducing me to the iron skillet. We have 2 now and use them all the time. A “sweet” one for me and a “savoury” one for my husband. Again, can’t thank you enough for this.

  3. MMMMMM! Who doesn’t love carrot cake? I have never heard of baking it in an iron skillet, but it would be good baked most any old way.

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