Do you love old-fashioned Southern dessert recipes?
Then you’ll love grandma’s old-fashioned carrot cake recipe!
On the first episode of The Soul Food Pod, host Shaunda Necole shares some amazing Easter dinner traditions and dishes that will have your mouth watering!
Whether you are a seasoned chef or a beginner cook, The Soul Food Pod provides valuable cooking tips and ideas that will help you create a memorable Easter feast for your loved ones.
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The Soul Food Pod Episode 1: FOUND! My great-grandma’s old-fashioned carrot cake recipe
On this episode of The Soul Food Pod, host Shaunda Necole delves into the delicious world of Southern soul food and shares Easter dinner traditions and favorite dishes like coconut cake cake, baked ham, deviled eggs, collard greens, and mac and cheese.
She also gives listeners some kitchen gadget and table setting ideas for optimal presentation.
But the highlight of the episode is when Shaunda shares her family’s secret recipe for an old-fashioned carrot cake, complete with an exclusive pro tip on how to beat egg whites perfectly.
If you’re a fan of Southern soul food or just looking to spice up your Easter dinner routine, this episode is a must-listen.
Tune in to learn how to make this mouth-watering cake and get a taste of Southern hospitality! Join the conversation about how accessible and approachable classic Southern soul food recipes can be.
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What you’ll learn in this episode?
How to make grandma’s old-fashioned Southern soul food carrot cake with pro tips and secret recipe ingredients.
Episode 1 key topics
Introduction to The Soul Food Pod and host Shaunda Necole
- Shaunda Necole’s background as a cookbook author and food and lifestyle blogger
- Her family’s legacy of soul food recipes
Easter dinner traditions and favorite dishes
- Ham as a popular Easter dish
- Deviled eggs, collard greens, and mac and cheese as delicious Easter sides
Kitchen gadgets and table setting ideas for Easter dinner
- Old-Fashioned Carrot Cake Recipe
- Shaunda Necole’s family recipe for old-fashioned carrot cake
- Secret ingredient of beaten stiff egg whites to moisten the cake batter
- Recipe pro tips on how to beat the egg whites
Links & resources mentioned in the episode
Episode 1: Grandma’s old-fashioned carrot cake recipe FAQs
Who is the host of The Soul Food Pod?
The host of The Soul Food Pod is Shaunda Necole, a cookbook author and food and lifestyle blogger who comes from a family of caterers and cooks and a legacy of soul food recipes.
What is The Soul Food Pod about?
The Soul Food Pod is the first podcast about Southern soul food.
What are some Easter dinner traditions for Southern soul food?
Easter dinner traditions for Southern soul food include baked ham, deviled eggs, collard greens, mac and cheese, and coconut cake.
What kitchen gadgets are suggested for Easter dinner preparation?
What are some table-setting ideas for Easter dinner?
Shaunda Necole suggests incorporating colorful floral arrangements and using mismatched vintage plates and silverware for an inviting, whimsical, and cozy feel.
What is Shaunda Necole’s family’s secret recipe for old-fashioned carrot cake?
Shaunda Necole shares her family’s secret recipe for an old-fashioned carrot cake, passed down from her great-grandmother, which includes a secret ingredient of beaten stiff egg whites to moisten the cake batter.
How do you beat egg whites for the carrot cake recipe?
Shaunda Necole shares recipe pro tips on how to beat the egg whites, including beating them until stiff peaks form.
What makes Southern soul food unique?
Southern soul food is unique for its emphasis on rich, savory flavors and its history of using ingredients readily available to enslaved African Americans in the South.
How can you put your own spin on traditional Southern soul food dishes?
Shaunda Necole suggests adding your own favorite seasoning blends or experimenting with flavors to make the dishes your own.
Where can you find more recipes and tips from Shaunda Necole on Southern soul food?
You can find more recipes and tips from Shaunda Necole on her blog and in her cookbooks on TheSoulFoodPot.com.
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- Stand mixer or hand mixer
- KitchenAid stand mixer slicer/shredder attachment (optional)
- Flour sifter
- 9-10″ Bundt cake pan
- Baker’s cooling rack
- Instant Pot Omni Plus oven (optional)
Ingredients for grandma's old-fashioned carrot cake recipe
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 ½ cups sugar granulated
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 3 eggs yolks
- 3 egg whites
- 2 ½ teaspoons water hot
- 1 cup carrots grated
- 1 cup black walnuts finely chopped
- ½ cup black walnuts finely chopped to garnish
Ingredients for carrot cake cream cheese frosting
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened or whipped cream cheese
- ¼ cup butter softened
- 2 ½ cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions for grandma's old-fashioned carrot cake recipe
- Grease and flour a 9-10″ Bundt cake pan and set it aside.
- Mix the vanilla extract, sugar, vegetable oil, egg yolks, and hot water in a medium-sized bowl.
- Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon into a separate mixing bowl.
- Gradually pour the sifted dry ingredients into the bowl with the wet ingredient mixture and electric mix to combine.
- Add the grated carrots and stir in by hand.
- Then add the chopped walnuts and also stir in by hand. The mixture will then become slightly stiff.
- Beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until they form stiff peaks. (When you lift up your beater, you want a nice peak that holds its shape and stands straight up.)
- Gently fold the egg whites into the batter until the whites disappear. The mixture will then significantly loosen.
- Pour the batter into the greased and floured cake pan.
- With a close eye on the carrot cake while it’s in the oven, bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes in the conventional oven or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. If using the Instant Pot Omni Plus oven, bake at 325 degrees F for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
- Remove the carrot cake from the oven and set the cake pan on a baking rack to cool for at least 10 minutes.
- Then carefully turn the cake out of the pan and onto a baker’s cooling rack.
- Allow the carrot cake to cool to room temperature for at least 2 hours before optional frosting.
- This Southern Black folks’ homemade carrot cake recipe is usually served with homemade cream cheese frosting garnished with finely chopped walnuts. (Frosting instructions below.)
Instructions for the homemade carrot cake cream cheese frosting
- Add the butter and cream cheese to a large mixing bowl.
- Using an electric mixer, beat the mixture on medium speed for 2 minutes or until stiff.
- Turn the mixer down to low and gradually add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract.
- Once the ingredients are combined, turn the mixer up to medium and beat for another 2 minutes.
- Spread the cream cheese frosting onto the cooled carrot cake.
- Optionally, garnish with chopped walnuts, crushed walnuts, or carrot cake crumbs.
- Slice, serve, and enjoy!
- This recipe has my great-grandma's secret carrot cake ingredient, the addition of beaten stiff egg whites to moisten the cake batter.
- Refrigerating a cake with cream cheese frosting for a few hours will give it a firm texture, making slicing easy upon serving.
- Freeze carrot cake by the slice and wrap individual pieces in parchment paper or plastic wrap. And then in foil before freezing for manageable portions that you can thaw and enjoy quickly!