Carrot Cake with Madeira Syrup and Vanilla Ice Cream

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This batter is very stiff until you fold in the carrot. Its moisture smooths out the mixture.


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups finely grated carrot (about 6 large)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • Madeira Syrup
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Garnishes: fresh mint sprigs, fried carrot strip


  1. Beat first 4 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer 2 to 3 minutes. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients; gradually add to sugar mixture, beating at low speed until blended. Fold in carrot and pecans. Spoon into greased and floured 8-ounce ramekins or 6-ounce custard cups, filling two-thirds full.
  2. Bake at 325° for 25 to 30 minutes. Cool on wire racks 10 minutes. Invert onto serving dishes; serve warm with Madeira Syrup and ice cream. Garnish, if desired.
  3. Note: Cakes may be baked in large (3-inch) muffin pans.

October 1998