Sweet Baby Jack Carrot Cake

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Servings: 16 servings
Prep Time: 25 min
Cook Time: 30 min
Difficulty: Easy

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Butter, for greasing pans
Flour, for dusting pans

2 cups self-rising flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 cups granulated sugar
2 (4-ounce) jars strained carrot baby food
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (16-ounce) box confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract





Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour 3 (8 or 9-inch) cake pans.

For the cake:

Mix together the flour, cinnamon and sugar in a large bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and blend well with a handheld electric mixer for about 2 minutes. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes. Invert onto lint-free dishcloth, or waxed paper, and allow cooling completely.

For the frosting:

Mix all ingredients with handheld electric mixer and blend until smooth and creamy.

Frost layers, top, and sides of cooled cake.

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I love you, your Sons and family.You have made me a good cook and I just want to say thank you Paula Deen and Sons for making me a good cook.Miss you on TV, but your still number one in my cook book.Tina George from Birmingham Alabama.

By tina george on December 24, 2013


I made this for my mother's birthday cake and it was delicious! The only change I made was adding 2 small grated carrots for the visual effect. So moist and tasty.

By Penny Cobb on December 13, 2013


Jack's carrot cake sounds very easy to make. Gonna try to make this in the next couple of days.

By Ethelyn Colon on June 23, 2013


I use to watch you on TV. but I don't get anymore but I still watch you on the computer sometimes and I like your recipes.

By Ronda Cogar on December 17, 2012


I made this recipe this past weekend for my daughter's birthday. It was wonderful! But I did substitute sugar free applesauce for the oil & I used a bundt pan. I had to bake it for 50 minutes, but it turned out great! Everyone raved about it!

By Jennie Rasmussen on October 01, 2012


Made it for church and it was a hit! I replaced the oil with pear puree from grandma's pear preserves, made my own carrot puree while making baby food, and changed one cup of sugar with brown sugar! Moist and delicious. All gone in one day.

By Krystal on September 02, 2012


made this cake came out delicious i was wondering can i use strawberry puree and make it a strwberry cake?

By frank on May 08, 2012


Paula, just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your show and your recipes. Have made several of them and everyone of them are great. Good job. Kathy Wilson chickamauga, Georgia

By Kathy Wilson on February 03, 2012


Love your food, shows and the great books ..Please keep them all coming ...Thanks

By Lucy Cashen on February 03, 2012


I've been pleasing my family with you wonderful recipes for years. I even thought if purchase your cookware that it just might taste even better. I just wanted to say thank you for helping me getting around in the kitchen. My family knows that its all about the butter. We southern girls love butter! I love your glow when you cook. Thank! Happy New Year!

By Sherlynn Stricklin on January 01, 2012


Paula, I absolutely love this recipe! Every time I make this cake, my family goes wild, and we are a family of marvelous cooks. I am so glad I found it on your site. I lost your "Lady & Sons" cookbook that I originally found this recipe in, so I am overjoyed to have it again. My cousin has put in a special Thanksgiving request for this specific cake. I love your show and every recipe I have ever tried has been a huge success. My daughters love your Wild Rice Shrimp casserole and are always begging me to make it. I wish you continued success. God Bless.

By Kelly Jefferson on November 17, 2011


Love this recipe . This recipe has been in our family for years:) Not once have I ever come across a recipe for carrot cake made with carrot baby food until yours! This would make my mom smile. She died so young at age 45 in 1970. Thankfully she had written down this family recipe before she died and we make it several times a year. Its the best, so very moist:) Everyone should try this great recipe.

By Colleen on September 18, 2011


What a wonderful idea using carrots from baby food, My family loves carrot cake but who has the time to shred anymore. Can't wait to try this. Thanks Paula love your ideas Shirlie

By shirliejh on August 31, 2011


I just love, love love Paula and her recipes. I watch all the shows I possibly can. Scared to death I lose out on a special recipe. I made the Oven Fried Chicken Breasts and Butterscotch Carrots with black pepper last night. Fantastic!

By LOUISE PRINSLOO on August 24, 2011


I'm a Grandmother too. So love to spoil them with their favorite food. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JACK!!!

By Mary Sydow on August 21, 2011


Paula - I think u r THE BEST cook in the world! Anthony Bourdain is an ignorant fool! He wishes he had the following and fans u have - xoxoxo! HAPPY BIRTHDAY JACK - u cutie pie!

By lisa delnegro on August 21, 2011


Paula, you are so sweet to share all the time. I love this cake and did add some gratted carrot and to make it even moister, added crushed pineapple. If you want my aunt's recipe I certainly would share it called Carrot Pineapple Cake.

By frances taillon on August 21, 2011



By Charles Smith on August 21, 2011


I love all of your recipes Paula. I tried one out yestarday, Pulled pork. We loved it. Thank you for being a southern girl. I love your network show.

By kathleen Jouvenaux on August 21, 2011


This comment is not about the recipe although it sounds delish. I used to make one similar to this but it included nuts and a jar of baby food prunes...now prunes are difficult to find in the baby food section. My comment is re what that food taster/chef said to you about you being the worst thing on television regarding food (that's not verbatim, but whatever his comment was). Anyway, I thought that was tacky on his part to make such a rude remark about you, and I loved your comment that someone must have peed in his cereal!!! Way to hand it back to him, Paula. Your cooking style may not be his cooking style, but it takes all kinds, and I'm sure I prefer your cooking over his any day. He is probably a "city slicker" and doesn't know what good food is. My son is living in NYC and he, being from small town USA and from the south as well, is really getting an education from dealing with some of the people with whom he comes in contact. But, don't let that fellow get the best of you...you are above all his mean comments!!

By Barbara H. Kiker on August 21, 2011

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