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The Whole Foods Kosher kitchen

Carrot Cake Recipe

Posted on 25th of May, 2011 by Lévana

Carrot Cake CP

Me, my sister Lea and my husband Maurice.  Circa 1979, selling our famous carrot cake at a Central Park Fair. We sliced until we dropped.
Our Post-Woodstock Pre-Chassidic days. You like? I remember cutting a slice for Bianca Jagger, Chi Chi Williams and many other Celebs!

Our award-winning cake, circa 1979. Ideally moist and fragrant. I believe all old timers at Levana then-Bakery remember it well. My mother used to get such a kick out of this recipe. She would ask, “Why not a turnip cake or a tomato cake, while you are trying to be creative?” She didn’t know she was on the right track: We also make delicious  pumpkin cake and zucchini bread, and other vegetable-based baked treats. A piece of wholesome homemade cake is good for you:  the trouble start only if and when you put frosting and icing and whatnot on top: I ask you: Who needs it? /carrot Cake Sans Frosting: Delish!

Makes 12 generous servings.


1 ½ cups sugar

4 eggs

1 cup vegetable oil

3 cups flour, all purpose, whole wheat pastry or spelt

1 ¼ teaspoons baking soda

pinch salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground cloves

1 cup canned unsweetened crushed pineapple

3 cups finely grated carrots, packed (use a food processor)

½ cup raisins, dark or golden

½ cup coarsely chopped walnuts (skip if you can’t have nuts)

1 cup unsweetened grated coconut, optional but really good


Preheat the oven to 350*F.

In a food processor (OK to use a hand mixer, or even mix by hand), beat the sugar and eggs until light and creamy. Add the oil and beat, a few pulses. Add the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and cloves, and mix for just a few pulses. Transfer the mixture to a bowl. Add the crushed pineapple, carrots, raisins, walnuts and coconut, if using, and fold in with a wooden spoon until just well combined. Pour the batter into a greased 10-inch springform pan or tube pan. Bake for about 1 hour or until a knife inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Unmold onto a cooling rack.

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