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Cake turned out not sweet enough, what did I do wrong?

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
Hi all,

I made a carrot cake using a recipe I found online. It turned out a bit bitter and not moist enough and not sweet enough. This is the original recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/carrot-cake-iii/

Based on the reviews I read, I made some adjustments so this is the recipe I followed which made the cake not sweet enough:

Ingredients
• 4 eggs
• 1 cup vegetable oil
• 1 cup white sugar
• 1 cup brown sugar
• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 2.5 cups all-purpose flour
• 2 teaspoons baking soda
• 2 teaspoons baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
• 3 cups grated carrots (4 carrots = 0.7 lb)
• 1 cup chopped pecans
• 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F for dark color pans.
2. Line a 9x13 inch pan (or two 9” round pans) with parchment paper.
3. With an electric mixer mix eggs, oil, white sugar, brown sugar
and 2 teaspoons vanilla to the bowl for about a minute.
4. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
5. With a spatula, stir in carrots, fold in pecans. Try not to over mix.
6. Pour into prepared pan and bake in the preheated oven for 35 minutes
7. Put pan on a wire rack and let cool for 10 minutes.
8. Turn the cake out onto a wire rack and cool completely.
9. I frosted it with store bought whipped cream cheese frosting.

Can someone please help me find my mistake(s) and bake a better cake next time? Basically it needs to be a lot sweeter and less bitter and more moist icon_smile.gif

Thanks in advance
post #2 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks BatterUpCake, the recipe I used is almost identical to yours...but mine turned out not sweet enough. Your recipe calls for applesauce and a tsp more vanilla extract...my cake needed more to be edible icon_sad.gif
post #3 of 22
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Originally Posted by BatterUpCake View Post

Yours has more flour too I think. The applesauce will add more sweetness...

That's a good idea, I was also reading your thread and people mentioned they use crushed pineapple and coconut, too. No one mentioned how much of each we should put in your recipe.
post #4 of 22

When you mentioned the word "bitter" it made me think you have too much leavening - maybe either too much baking soda or baking powder.  And baking soda in a carrot cake can sometimes turn your carrots green - some kind of chemical reaction.

 

Also, if you are going to frost it with a cream cheese frosting, that brings a lot of sweetness to the party. :)

 

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post #5 of 22

I have made Design Me A Cake's recipe for a couple of weddings, showers, etc.  It seems to be a favourite of my friends and family.  I make it exactly as the recipe except I don't always put the nuts in it because of nut allergies.  Edna has other recipes on her site that are excellent also.

post #6 of 22
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by liz at sugar View Post

When you mentioned the word "bitter" it made me think you have too much leavening - maybe either too much baking soda or baking powder.  And baking soda in a carrot cake can sometimes turn your carrots green - some kind of chemical reaction.

Also, if you are going to frost it with a cream cheese frosting, that brings a lot of sweetness to the party. icon_smile.gif

Liz

Liz,
No, the carrots were ok i think, the taste was too strong because of one of the spices, not sure which one...but the pieces without the frosting were not edible as they weren't sweet
post #7 of 22
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Originally Posted by dlyoung View Post

I have made Design Me A Cake's recipe for a couple of weddings, showers, etc.  It seems to be a favourite of my friends and family.  I make it exactly as the recipe except I don't always put the nuts in it because of nut allergies.  Edna has other recipes on her site that are excellent also.
You are referring to the same recipe I used or the original one?
post #8 of 22

I could be wrong, but I'm thinking they use one of those small cans of crushed pineapple, but don't know about the coconut...maybe 1/4 to 1/2, depending on your taste.  I think I'd toast the coconut first.  I posted a carrot cake recipe in the recipe section on this site.  That is a really good carrot cake recipe, too.  Nice and moist.  My family's favorite.  I'm going to try BatterUpCake's recipe, though, for a second choice.

post #9 of 22

Neither recipe is exactly the same as Edna's (Design Me A Cake).  I tried three or four others and was not completely happy until I made this one.  It really is fabulous and it stacks very well.  Hope you will give it a try in your quest to find the perfect carrot cake.  :)

post #10 of 22
Sometimes some bitterness can come from the carrots themselves, especially if they are very large. Were there any green areas on the carrots? Did you peel them before grating? (My mom never used to peel carrots for carrot cake; she thought it was wasteful. I could always taste it.)
post #11 of 22
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Thanks for all the great advice.

I didn't peel the carrots. Is this what you meant? http://www.designmeacake.com/carrotcakerecipe.html

Gerle, where can I find your recipe hun?

Thanks
post #12 of 22

Unless it's been removed, it should be in CC's recipe section.  I haven't looked, but if I don't find it there, I'll post it here.

post #13 of 22

I just checked and if you go to CC's recipe section, go down to the search box and type in "orange carrot cake", it's the first listing there.  It's a cake I've been doing for a long time and it's my family's favorite for carrot cake.  You use the entire orange -- rind and all.  You cut up the orange into quarters, remove the pith and seeds, leave the peel on the orange, and blend until it's like a puree.  Really, really good.

post #14 of 22
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Gerle View Post

Unless it's been removed, it should be in CC's recipe section.  I haven't looked, but if I don't find it there, I'll post it here.

Could it be this one by any chance? http://cakecentral.com/a/orange-carrot-cake
post #15 of 22

Yep, that's the one.

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