WOW. This recipe needed a major photo update. This was one of my first recipes posted back in May of 2017… like how has it already been 3 years??? goood laawwwddd! I’ve made this cake more than a dozen times since and never took a picture of it. It is THE MOST requested cake in the fam. And I mean THE MOST! Why do you think I baked it so many times?! It brings a smile to everyone’s face and is deemed as the best carrot cake ever by anyone who has a bite. I wish I could ship you all a cake so you can have a taste yourself, but the best I can do is offer you this recipe with revamped photos to give it justice and to lure you into making it. It is moist and so full of flavor. It is the easiest cake recipe on my site and I just adore it. Add a cup of walnuts in for a nutty crunch and if you like raisins, toss them in too! This is a recipe that you can change up, so feel free to do so.
If you are wondering why the cake says what it says, it’s because it’s May. And that means it is mental health awareness month. Many of you know I struggle with anxiety and depression, but there has been quite a lot of you who just joined in on my journey recently. I don’t talk about it as much as I would like to, but it is a daily battle. Some days are easy peasy like this carrot cake and some days it’s like I’m making sourdough. The feelings consume my every thought and the negativity is unstoppable. I want to fight it, I want to control it, I want it to go away… and it stays. Stuck to me like ink on paper. It plays riddles with my mind. It confuses my body. I feel sick to my stomach. It overrides everything I set out to do. I breakdown. I wish I was different. I wish I was enough. I wish I wasn’t here…
I hope that through these tough times you are keeping up with friends and family. Even if it is a short phone call or a zoom chat. So many of us have already been feeling these emotions before the virus and with the world in its current state, it may have heightened all these thoughts. Be kind to whoever is expressing themselves to you. Everyone’s feelings are valid. Just because you might feel as if they don’t need to feel this way, you are not them. You do not live their life and their truth. What might feel real and near and dear to one may be different for you, but follow through with kindness. Accept with an open heart. Lean on others if you are the one in this spot. You are strong even when you depend on others. Reach out if you are feeling lonely, I promise there are so many of us who are willing to help. You do not have to struggle alone.
I have gone trough the trenches again and again. Last week was super rough for me. I realized I was holding onto things from my past and the pain and hurt was eating me alive in the form of PTSD. So yes, it may seem like I am alright from the outside (I know how to put on a face..sadly), but inside I am fighting the demons minute by minute. Feeling like there is so much that I need to fix about myself, but I must remember to take it slowly and one day at a time. I’m sending out extra love to you all this month, we will fight this battle together. XOXO steph
p.s. it’s okay to not be okay, ride the waves
EASY PEASY CARROT CAKE RECIPE
for the cake
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 cups AP flour
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- 3 cups grated carrots
for the cream cheese frosting
- 8oz package cream cheese
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temp.)
- 2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp. whole milk
for the cake
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Butter and flour two 8in round cake pans & line the bottoms with parchment paper.
- Whisk the eggs and oil in a large bowl.
- Add the rest of the ingredients except for the carrots and whisk to combine. The batter may feel thick but that is how it is supposed to be!
- Fold in the grated carrots.
- Pour into the prepared pans and bake for ~40 mins or until a toothpick entered into the center comes out clean.
- Let it cool in the pan for 10 mins then transfer over to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
for the cream cheese frosting
- Beat butter and cream cheese together till fluffy.
- Scrape down the bowl & add vanilla extract and continue to mix.
- Slowly add in sugar and beat till all is incorporated.
- Frost the cooled cake however you desire!