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Andre Black's Carrot Cake


Here is a recipe, developed young man here in the Detroit area. With this recipe, he won a $10,000 scholarship to Johnson and Wales College, which is considered a top-notch cooking school, located in Charleston, SC. This young man, Andre Black, spent 2 weeks developing this recipe, this cake was among the top 19 recipes chosen (out of 270) as winners. Andre was on the front page of the Detroit News yesterday, along with the recipe. The Detroit News food writer, Robin Mather says "For a Carrot Cake, this is a hell of a fruit cake." She found this cake suited to 3 - 8 inch layers.













Trans-fat Free


3 large eggs
beaten *
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons
2 cups cake flour
plus 1 tbsp sifted *
1 ⅛ teaspoons cinnamon
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 ½ cups coconut
2 cups carrots
1 cup pineapple, canned, crushed
plus 2 tablespoons, drained
1 cup walnuts
plus 2 tbsp crushed
1 cup raisins, seedless
½ cup butter
8 ounces cream cheese
1 pound powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350℉ (180℃). Grease and flour three 8 inch layer pans. Combine eggs, sugar and oil. Beat on high speed until creamy and thick, 3 to 5 minutes.

Sift together flour, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Slowly add ⅓ of the dry ingredients to egg mixture; beat well. Repeat with remaining dry ingredients, beating well after each addition.

Batter will be extrememly stiff; it may be necessary to blend with a spatula or spoon. One by one, fold in carrots, coconut, pineapple, walnuts and raisins.

Divide batter between the 3 prepared cake pans. Bake at 350 dgrees F for 40 to 45 minutes, arranging cake pans in oven once. The cake is done when the tester inserted in center comes out clean. Let cake cool in pans 5 minutes. Turn out onto rack to cool completely.

When cakes are cool, prepare frosting: combine margarine, cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Frost cake, and sprinkle with more chopped nuts if desired.

Note: Andre's original recipe, written in professional baking terms, calls for 6 oz beaten eggs, 15½ oz of sugar, and 12 oz cake flour Andre hopes to become an executive chef, and own his own resturant someday.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Have been using this recipe for 15 years. Still the best.

almost 10 years ago

I made this recipe YEARS ago when I first saw it in the Detroit News Newspaper. For some reason, I remembered the name and Googled it. How surprised am I that it's online and still called Andre Black's Carrot Cake.
I'm even more impressed that I remember the name!

over 7 years ago

I've made this cake so many times and it is always a family favorite. It's so packed with flavor and texture. A real winner!

over 6 years ago

I also read this in the Detroit paper when an article about Black was written about how he won a scholarship to a culinary school using this recipe. I have been making this cake for best friends and important dinner guests ever since. Wish I could come up with a winner like this. BTW, That article was in the paper about 30 years ago. Has anybody seen Andre lately?

about 6 years ago

Andre passed away 3 years ago I'm sure he would be happy knowing so many people are still enjoying his cake.

Mrs. BlackUnited States
- 6 months ago

This is my tried and true carrot cake recipe. I'm making it for New Year's Eve and, instead of frosting, will serve with an orange-pineapple sauce. Has anyone made it in a bundt pan? That is going to be my experiment this time through!

over 5 years ago

I've made this cake so many times. It is delicious and never fails to impress.

over 3 years ago

By far the best carrot cake! I have made this for 20+years and nothing beats it. Even professional bakeries can't come close

over 2 years ago

Love On You Black. Love of my Life.

almost 2 years ago

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 147g (5.2 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 60348% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 49%
Saturated Fat 11g 53%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Sodium 433mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 26%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars g
Protein 12g
Vitamin A 55% Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 4% Iron 12%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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