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Fast'n Fancy Carrot Cake

The Great Depression is well known for some really excellent, super easy, recipes. The famous Crazy Cake has become a much loved favorite. This carrot cake is a spin on that simple depression cake recipe, no eggs or milk but plenty of flavor, and it comes together and bakes up in record time. We think this recipe will become your go-to life long favorite!


A Simple War-Time Depression Cake Recipe, No Eggs or Milk, But Plenty of Flavor!

This wonderful carrot cake is a spin on a 'much loved' simple depression cake recipe. And it comes together and bakes up in record time. We think this recipe will become a go-to life long favorite recipe!


Easy | Dessert | Serves 8

Fast'n Fancy Carrot Cake

easy | dessert | serves 8

prep time: 20m | cook time: 35-45m | total time: 1hr. (approx.)


dry ingredients

  • 1½ cups flour, plus 3 tablespoons (WhiteLily flour recommended)

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon cloves

  • ¼ teaspoon allspice

  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg

filling ingredients

  • ¾ cup finely grated peeled carrots

  • ½ cup chopped walnuts

  • ½ cup golden raisins

wet ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar or apple cider vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 5 tablespoons melted butter

  • 1 cup water


  1. Prepare a 9 inch round pan or a 8 x 8 inch square baking pan with butter or non-stick cooking spray.

  2. In a medium to large mixing bowl, mix the first 8 dry ingredients, stir well.

  3. To the mixed dry ingredients, add carrots, walnuts and golden raisins blend well and set aside.

  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  5. In a small mixing bowl add the wet ingredients and stir well until well mixed.

  6. Pour wet ingredients into the dry and stir well until batter is fully incorporated.

  7. Pour batter into prepared pan.

  8. Bake on middle rack of oven for 35 to 45 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.

  9. To maintain the moisture, allow cake to cool covered in pan.

  10. Once completely cool, cake can be left as is or topped with powdered sugar, or icing, as desired. Enjoy!

Please note: For a 2 layer cake (as pictured), double the recipe and bake with 2 pans. Once fully cold, this cake works well as a layer cake and pairs exceptionally well with a thick layer of Cream Cheese Frosting.



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