carrot cake, frosting, maple syrup, recipe, beekman 1802 recipe

Carrot cake is a perennial favorite. We can’t help but think about carrot cake in a month when bunnies are everywhere. Beekman 1802 Smoked Hickory Syrup adds a hearty sweetness and wonderfully subtle smoked flavor that says winter days are soon a memory and warmer spring nights are near.


For the cake

  • 2 cups sugar, granulated
  • 1 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and grated
  • 1 cup golden raisins (optional)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

For the frosting

Additional Information

  • Cook Time: 1hr


In stand mixer or large mixing bowl, combine sugar, eggs, oil, and vanilla extract until pale yellow.

In a separate bowl mix all dry ingredients together, then gradually add to sugar mixture until well combined. Stir in carrots and raisins (and nuts if desired).

Divide evenly into prepared baking pans and bake for 45-60 minutes until cooked through. Cakes are done when a toothpick or skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.

Remove from oven and place on cooling rack. When cool enough to handle (10-15 minutes), turn out of the pan onto cooling rack. Allow to cool completely before frosting.


In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, combine butter and cream cheese until smooth. Mix in syrup and 1/3 of sugar, mixing on medium-low until mixed through. Add in next 1/3 of sugar and combine, then last 1/3 of sugar until fully mixed.


Place 1 cake top down on a plate or platter. Smear ½ of the frosting on the cake. Place second cake top down on the frosting. Smear remaining frosting on top of the cake. Sprinkle nuts, toasted coconut, or festive sprinkles on the cake if desired. Slice and enjoy.

Recipe developed by Adam Foti with photography and styling by Tara Holmes. If you’re a chef or a home-cook with amazing recipes for our Neighbors to cultivate a better life with, email us at [email protected]



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Elizabeth Manning

This looks awesome and I would love to try it. What is the all season syrup? Is that what gives the smoke flavor to the cream cheese. I think I need to order some. btw, please make your recipes printable.