Recipe Corner: Nancy Sarkisian Berryman’s Award-Winning 14-Carat Cake


This is the recipe that won Nancy Sarkisian Berryman the first prize award in the Cake Baking Contest at St. John Armenian Church of Greater Detroit Annual Picnic on August 16, 2009. An eagerly awaited event of the year’s picnic was the cake baking contest chaired by Dolly Matoian. From 24 entries, the three judges narrowed the semi-finalists to six, and awarded the first prize honors to Nancy’s 14-Carat Cake in a unanimous decision. Readers will love this incredibly moist and easy carrot cake recipe with ultra-creamy cream cheese frosting.


2 cups flour, sifted

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

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2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

2 cups sugar

1 1/2 cups vegetable oil

4 large eggs

2 cups finely shredded carrots, peeled

1 (8 1/2 oz.) can crushed pineapple in juice, drained

1/2 cup chopped walnuts, more to taste

3 1/2 oz. flaked coconut


Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in large mixing bowl. Add sugar, oil and eggs. Beat at medium speed with electric mixer for one minute. Stir in carrots, pineapple, walnuts and coconut. Turn into a greased 9″ x 13″ oblong pan or tube pan. Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 40 minutes or until the cake tests done.

Cream Cheese Icing

8 oz. cream cheese

8 oz. butter

1/2 – 3/4 box powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix together, refrigerate until thickened and then frost.

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“St. John Armenian Church, named in honor of St. John the Baptist & Forerunner of Christ our God, has for 90 years been at the very heart and center of Armenian-American religious and cultural life in Metropolitan Detroit. Since the beginning, the parish has flourished and also reaches out to the Armenian Orthodox faithful who are scattered throughout the state of Michigan. Through the efforts of past and present pastors sacramental services now have begun in both Lansing and Grand Rapids where new Armenian communities have taken root. The history of St. John Armenian Church reflects the inspiring growth of a small, weak flock into a great and thriving community. While there were Armenians in Detroit before the turn of the century, it was not until 1909 that an Armenian community as such could be recognized. The Detroit Armenian community, which numbered some 3,000 in 1915, has since grown to become one of the larger Armenian communities in the United States, with an estimated 30,000 members.”

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