I made this cake the first time exactly as written, and at first taste the flavor was absolutely amazing. After a few seconds, though, the taste of baking soda at the back of my throat completely ruined the flavor of the cake. After reading over 100 reviews, I came across a post about baking soda needing an acidic agent to activate it, which is why you will see some of the reviews adding pineapple.
I made the cake a second time with the adjustments noted in the most popular review; 3/4 cup canola oil, 1/2 cup applesauce, 1 c. white sugar, 1 c. brown sugar, 3 tsp vanilla, 1 8-oz can crushed pineapple, and added 3 tsp. cinnamon and 1/4 tsp. nutmeg. This cake was for a catering event, and the client wanted a 'healthy tasting' carrot cake; with these adjustments, everyone was raving about this cake.
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I made this cake the first time exactly as written, and at first taste the flavor was...