Carrot Cake

When Carl and I lived in St Louis, we enjoyed going to the symphony from time to time.  This recipe came from the St. Louis Symphony of Cooking cookbook first printed in 1964.  It has a selection of recipes chosen from friends of the St Louis symphony; music lovers, orchestra members, and celebrities from all over the world who came to help St. Louis celebrate her 200th birthday.

For years, this particular recipe has been Carl’s and my mother’s favorite carrot cake. In fact, page 57 is heavily soiled from years of use.  I can always count on them requesting it for their birthdays.


Carrot Cake

By Mary K. Gamble

4 eggs

3 cups grated carrots (coarse will do)

2 cups sugar (I use brown sugar but make sure you pack it down firmly to the measurement)

1 1/2 cups oil ( I use canola, corn oil)

2 cups flour ( I use unbleached wheat flour)

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup chopped pecans

Beat eggs, sugar, carrots and oil until well mixed. Then add the rest of ingredients and beat well. Pour into a well oiled bundt pan. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 40-45 minutes. I insert a toothpick and when it comes out dry, the cake is done. Cool 10 minutes before turning it out on a plate. After it is completely cool, then frost.



8 ounces of cream cheese

1 pound box of confectioners sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

3-4 tablespoons milk

1/2 cup chopped pecans (to sprinkle on top of cake)

Beat the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth, adding enough milk to make the frosting slightly runny. Then pile it around the entire top rim of the cake so that it cascades down the inside and outside of the cake. Finish by sprinkling chopped pecans on top.

Tip: I often toast my pecans in a skillet, before hand,  to make them crisp and bring out the nutty  flavor






  1. Leann, it is so nice to find your website. I love it that you enjoy cooking. We remember you, your Mom & Dad from years ago when we were all at New Covenant Church and Pastor Bob Beckett was our pastor. I doubt that you would know who we are but we always enjoyed hearing you sing there as well as at Grace Church.
    In fact, we still play some of the songs that were recorded with you singing the lead…wonderful anointing of the Spirit of God. Bless you as you continue to bring glory to Him!

    Rich & Jean Asmus
    (We are now in our 70’s and attend St. Louis Family Church, Pastor Jeff Perry)

    • Hi Jean….wow….that’s dusting the cobwebs off of those memories. Many wonderful things happened during those years. I am glad know you are still seeking the Lord. You’re leading the way for the rest of us.
      Thanks for your encouraging note.
      Many blessings to you.
      P.S. Did you know that Bob Beckett went home to be with the Lord last year? His daughter, Debbie, is my sister-in-law….he had a glorious home going.

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