This recipe is spectacular as written as judged by myself and the many people for whom I have made it. No changes are needed. Whenever I cook with raisins, however, even if I simply add them to oatmeal, I always soak them in water to rehydrate them. So an optional change for this wonderful recipe is to soak your raisins for a minimum of an hour. I am thinking of soaking the raisins in brandy next time for a different twist. Another optional change is to grate the rind of one lemon into the sugar mixture for a hint of citrus flavor in this cake.
I use this recipe to make a triple layer cake with 8" round pans and bake them at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. I make cream cheese icing to complement the cake.
In my humble opinion, any bad reviews of this cake were either because the reviewers made mistakes or do not understand what a real carrot cake is. Sam hit the nail on the head with this recipe, and I am thankful it has been shared with all of us.
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This recipe is spectacular as written as judged by myself and the many people for whom I have...