Pecans add a lovely crunch to this delicious carrot cake but feel free to leave them out if you don't like nuts.
Altered ingredient amounts. After reading through the reviews, I recommend: 1) using 1/2 dark brown sugar and 1/2 caster sugar 2) adding an extra teaspoon of vanilla extract 3) Added 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg 4) added 1 extra teaspoon of cinnamon. The result came out incredibly delicious - the cake was very flavourful and moist. For the icing, I used less sugar, and it was more than sweet enough, with a nicely balanced cream cheese vs. sweet flavour. If I would change anything again, I would use fewer pecans - it's a bit too nutty for my personal taste. Also, I grated the carrots with the large grater side (the one you use for cheese) so that you don't end up with a bunch of carrot mush and juice that can't be used. Will definitely make again! This is probably the best carrot cake I've ever had. - 18 Jul 2008
Used different ingredients. I chose this recipe specifically because it did not contain pineapple. It was wonderful just as written. I think that a recipe should be reviewed for it's own merits with minimal changes. Rating a recipe that you have made many changes to messes up the rating system. You are not rating the listed recipe...you are rating your own! Go ahead and submit it! That said, I forgot to pick up pecans, but added some finely chopped hazelnuts I had to hand. : ) - 18 Jul 2008
Altered ingredient amounts. This recipe was incredible. Scrumptious! Like some other bakers, I made a few substitutions and additions: i used 1/2 caster, 1/2 light brown sugar; used walnuts instead of pecans and added 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg. I used 2 greased and floured cake tins. I made this a week before Christmas, so I popped it into the freezer, taking it out to defrost the day before it was needed. It was like it was freshly baked! Then I made the icing, using a quarter less sugar. The flavour was heavenly and I still had some left over. Everyone in the family gave rave reviews and had 2 pieces! The cake was gone by the next day. I will make this a Christmas tradition. - 18 Jul 2008