Bill’s Big Carrot Cake (small version)

October 19, 2009

**I did not make the Sweet Potato Biscuits for Tuesdays with Dorie, but if you’d like a peek at the recipe, go to Erin’s blog, Prudence Pennywise. I know it doesn’t count, but I did make a Dorie Greenspan recipe, and it is orange!**

I wasn’t a member of Tuesdays with Dorie when they made Bill’s Big Carrot Cake, but after reading so many positive comments about it, I wanted to give it a try. Although I like carrot cake, it’s never at the top of my list of things to bake or eat. But the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to make it. Plus, I knew I had someone to make it for: my parents, especially my dad, like carrot cake a lot and they often talk about sharing a piece of it for dessert when they go out to eat.


I covered the sides with frosting after I took the photo

Still, a big carrot cake sounded like a lot, so I made a smaller version by cutting the recipe in half and baking it in three 6-inch pans. I made a two-layer cake for my parents and kept one layer for myself.

The verdict? Delicious! I really enjoyed this and so did my dad. He reported that my mom was scraping some of the frosting off, but I frosted it really thick because I know he likes it that way, and so do I. Plus, it’s easier to take some off than to add it on, right?  Confession: I am the person that will eat the frosting off of your plate after you scrape it off the cake.

This is a bite from my little one-layer cake

This is a bite from my little one-layer cake

You can find the recipe in Baking: From My Home to Yours, or here on Slow Like Honey (scroll to the end of the post for the recipe).  The frosting I made was not the one from the book. Instead, I had bookmarked another cream cheese frosting that I wanted to try. You can find the recipe here on Anne Strawberry’s blog. She says it’s her favorite frosting and I see why! It was delicious and I’ll definitely make this again when I need a cream cheese frosting.


  1. I loved that cake – especially the frosting.

    So now, I will admit that I too am the person that will eat the frosting off someone else’s plate. It tastes better, you know?

    • I knew it wasn’t just me who did that!

  2. I have wanted to make this for the longest time as well. They made it just before I joined and I have been saying all this time I need to make it. Your idea with the 6″ pans is just what I needed to hear. Wow, this looks really great. I think there is a carrot cake in our very near future.

  3. Well, I guess you and Megan and I would all get along really great since we are all frosting mongers! Seriously, it’s the best part of the cake! And I really loved this frosting. Glad your family liked it, too…especially your dad!

  4. The cake looks fantastic, what a nice treat for your parents! I am not a huge fan of cream cheese icing, so I think I’d leave it without the sides iced, I think it looks nice that way.

  5. Never got to make that one… tried to be ambitious and make something totally different. A total fiasco! But I wish I had tried again when I see yours!

  6. Your cake looks great and I’m glad you liked the frosting (which is the reason I eat cake- I totally eat my husbands when he is done and he eats the rest of my cake!)

  7. How wonderful Jill !!

  8. love this recipe, everyone I made it for still talks about it! Yours looks gorgeous

  9. Ok – I’m bookmarking this recipe now… how funny, I’ll usually give my folks the “one” layer and take the “two” – glad your dad liked the frosting – what’s not to like about cream cheese? Love how you layered everything and kept the sides plain! I love my 6″ cake pans too….! 🙂

  10. This looks delicious…I need to make this for the hubby’s next birthday! Is it considered poor form to eat cream cheese frosting by the spoonful? I may or may not have done that at some point in my life……

  11. That looks delicious! I’ve been wanting to make this cake too. The cream cheese frosting sounds great!

  12. I missed this one, too, and it’s on my list of must TWD REWIND! That up close shot is divine!

  13. I joined TWD after the Carrot Cake as well and have been wanting to make this for a while! Yours looks AMAZING! I am seriously drooling!

  14. This is a good cake and I’ve been thinking about making it again sometime…your version looks perfect!

  15. Yes, I so agree – this cake is fantastic!!! Although I am glad that I had a food processor to grate all of that carrot …

  16. Oh that texture looks delish

  17. I made that cake last year for my hub’s birthday and I don’t even like carrot cake but I loved it. It was the best I have ever eaten! Happy autumn!!

  18. I’m going to have to try this cake. I’ve only heard good things. It looks wonderful and I’m glad that your dad liked it.

  19. Awesome choice for a substitution! And there’s no shame in batting cleanup when it comes to frosting on plates. 🙂

  20. I love Bill’s Big Carrot Cake. You are the second TWDer to post it this week. Fall brings out the carrot cake in people.

  21. I love carrot cake and this looks like an awesome version!

  22. I’ve made this several times and it is the best one I’ve found.

    Yours looks wonderful

  23. I wasn’t in when they made it either and I feel the need to go back and do it!!! I love the fact that it meets the orange criteria, btw 😉

  24. Your carrot cake looks beautiful – the cream cheese frosting looks soo creamy and yummy! I really like carrot cake too but I’ve never baked one myself. Now I’m tempted to! =)

  25. Your carrot cake sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing!

  26. It looks so delicious, what a lucky father! I love carrot cake ever since my nan first made me one, we would always have that when we visited her.

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