Recipe: Perfect Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake. I feel like carrot cake is a dessert most people tend to only make around Easter. But honestly, carrot cake is such an incredible dessert and I think it should be enjoyed all year long. This carrot cake cake sets the standard for carrot cakes everywhere.

Carrot Cake How to make carrot cake from scratch. This cake is quick and easy to make, versatile and utterly delicious. It wasn't until recently that we realized just how much we love carrot cake. You can have Carrot Cake using 19 ingredients and 6 steps. Here is how you cook it.

Ingredients of Carrot Cake

  1. You need of Carrot Cake:.
  2. Prepare 1 cup of pecans or walnuts- lightly baked & coarsely chopped.
  3. It's 340 g of raw carrots (about 2 1/2 cups finely grated).
  4. Prepare 2 cups of all-purpose flour.
  5. It's 1 teaspoon of baking soda.
  6. It's 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder.
  7. It's 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
  8. You need 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon.
  9. It's 4 of large eggs.
  10. Prepare 1 1/2 cups of granulated white sugar.
  11. You need 1 cup of sunflower, vegetable or canola oil (or other flavorless oil).
  12. You need 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract.
  13. You need of Cream Cheese Frosting:.
  14. Prepare 1/4 cup (57 grams) of unsalted butter, room temperature.
  15. Prepare 8 ounces (227 grams) of cream cheese, room temperature.
  16. You need 2 cups (230 grams) of confectioners (powdered or icing) sugar, sifted.
  17. It's 1 teaspoon (4 grams) of pure vanilla extract.
  18. You need 1 teaspoon (4 grams) of freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  19. It's 1 teaspoon of finely grated lemon zest (outer yellow skin) (optional).

Carrot cake is cake that contains carrots mixed into the batter. Most modern carrot cake recipes have a white cream cheese frosting. Sometimes pecans, pineapple, and shredded coconut is added in the mix. This truly is the best carrot cake recipe!

Carrot Cake instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Butter, or spray cake pan..
  2. Whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and ground cinnamon..
  3. With electric mixer, beat the eggs until frothy (about 1 minute). Add the sugar and vanilla extract and beat, on high speed, until the batter is thick and light colored (about 3 - 4 minutes). With the mixer on low speed, gradually add the oil in a steady stream and then beat until combined. Add the flour mixture and beat just until incorporated. With a rubber spatula fold in the grated carrots and chopped nuts..
  4. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean..
  5. Cream Cheese Frosting: With electric mixer, beat the butter until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract and beat until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes). Add the lemon juice and beat until incorporated. Add the soft cream cheese in four to five additions (scraping the bowl as needed), beating until incorporated and the frosting is nice and smooth..
  6. To Assemble: Once the cake is cool, slice it in the middle. Place one layer of the cake on your serving platter. Spread with about 3/4 cup (150 grams) of the frosting. Gently place the second cake layer onto the frosting and spread the rest of the frosting over the top and sides of the cake. If desired, garnish with toasted nuts. Serve cold or bring to room temperature before serving..

It's perfectly moist and delicious, made with lots of fresh carrots, and topped with the most heavenly cream cheese frosting. Spoon ¼ of the icing on top and spread in an even layer. A wonderfully moist, perfectly spiced carrot cake recipe. This Carrot Cake with pineapple and coconut is a family favorite, made every year for all sorts of celebrations from birthdays to Easter! Originally from the Silver Palate cookbook, we've made several.

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