Thursday, December 07, 2017

Cabin Baking: Cabin Carrot Cake

I have a small floating garden at my cabin (keeps critters away) and one of my crops is carrots. Believe it or not, my root crops and kale last in the ground through winter. When carrots are this plentiful, I substitute them for apples in my Cabin Cake recipe. Yum!!

Cabin Carrot Cake

¼ cup raisins
¾ cup grated carrots
2 tablespoons margarine
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon ginger
½ teaspoon cloves or allspice
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup water

Heat ingredients together in a pan until melted and the raisins plump. Cool before proceeding.

1 ½ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup chopped pecans (or walnuts) if desired

Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl and add the cooled wet mixture. Stir until well blended. Add pecans or walnuts (if desired). Pour into a greased and floured 8X4” loaf pan. In addition to greasing, I like to add a piece of parchment paper to the bottom to prevent sticking. Pour the mixed ingredients into the pan.

Bake for 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees. Do not over bake because it tends to become dry.

When a toothpick comes out clean, it's done.

Cream Cheese Frosting

¼ cup butter (or margarine) softened
4 oz. cream cheese softened
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar

Blend butter and cream cheese. Add powdered sugar and whip by hand until smooth. Mix in vanilla. This recipe make more than enough frosting for a loaf cake.

If you don't have all the ingredients for the cream cheese frosting, whipping cream makes a good substitute.

This recipe is derived from one called War Cake in my Fannie Farmer Cookbook. During the war, eggs and other ingredients were hard to come by due to rationing. That's how this modern-day eggless recipe got its name. And it's a good one to use at the cabin for the same reason. Groceries are a 25 minute boat and 15 minute car ride away (times two to get back home). -- Margy


  1. This one looks good too. Guess I'm going to have to get busy experimenting.

    1. I love experimenting in the kitchen. - Margy

  2. I love carrot cake. Thanks for the intro to interesting blogs.

    1. Thanks. I use link parties like these to help get my blog noticed. I also enjoy seeing all the great ideas other people have. - Margy

  3. Oh that sounds so good. Love the recipe. That photo is wonderful too - great contrast and composition.

  4. I recently had a carrot cupcake after a drought since childhood. It was good! I'm saving your recipe.

    1. I'm not sure if it is the cake or the frosting I love best. - Margy

  5. I love the Fanny Farmer cookbook! I have my mom's. Your garden is amazing. Of course, your mild climate helps.
    Our furnace is off, we're busy stoking the fire. I say 'we' but it's me. Hubby cannot bed and lift. New one Monday!
    I hear you about the floors being cooler. You want a warm floor and dry roof!

    1. Losing the heater in winter is tough. If we are at the cabin, the woodstove works as long as we have wood. So far so good. - Margy

  6. Hey, Louise from Yukonbushlife here. Great recipe, we are always pleased to find anything without eggs. Though we have powdered they'd pretty expensive. Great looking place you have there.

    1. When we were first at the cabin I rarely had eggs since we didn't have any refrigeration. Now we have the propane fridge so eggs and lots of fresh foods are easier to keep on hand. - Margy

  7. If you put a cat on your floating Garden the cat will chase away the geese.

  8. If you put a cat on your floating Garden the cat will chase away the geese.