Carrot cake recipeCourse: carrot, cakeDifficulty: Medium
Carrot cake is a classic cake that is perfect for any occasion, and it’s surprisingly easy to make. If you’re looking for a delicious cake to serve up to your family and friends, give this recipe a try.
1 cup (100 grams) of pecans or walnuts
3/4 pound (340 grams) raw peeled carrots (about 2 1/2 cups grated)
2 cups (260 grams) of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon (4 grams) of baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons (6 grams) baking powder
1/2 teaspoon (2 grams) salt
4 large eggs (200 grams), at room temperature
1 1/2 cups (300 grams) of granulated white
2 teaspoons (8 grams) of pure vanilla extract
1 cup (240 ml/215 grams) of vegetable, corn, safflower, or canola oil.
1 – 8 ounce can (226 grams) of crushed pineapple, drained (optional)
- Cream Cheese Frosting
7 tablespoons (100 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature.
1 1/2 cups (180 grams) confectioners (icing or powdered) sugar, sifted.
1 teaspoon (4 grams) of pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon (4 grams) of freshly squeezed lemon juice
12 ounces (340 grams) of full-fat cream cheese, softened
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and place the oven rack in the center of the oven. Butter, or spray with a non-stick vegetable spray, two – 9 x 2 inch (23 x 5 cm) cake pans and line the bottoms of the pans with a circle of parchment paper.
- Place the pecans or walnuts on a baking sheet and bake for about 6 – 8 minutes or until lightly browned and fragrant. Let cool and then chop coarsely.
- Peel and grate the carrots.
- In a separate bowl, whisk or sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and ground cinnamon.
- In the bowl of your electric stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment (or with a hand 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. Beat in the crushed pineapple. Add the flour mixture and beat just until incorporated. With a rubber spatula fold in the grated carrots and chopped nuts. Evenly divide the batter between the two prepared pans (about 775 grams of batter in each pan) and bake 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean (the cakes will start to pull away from the sides of the pan).
- Remove from the oven and let the cakes cool on a wire rack. After 10 minutes invert the cakes onto a wire rack, remove the pans and parchment paper, re-invert, and then cool completely before frosting.
- Cream Cheese Frosting
- In the bowl of your electric stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract and beat until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes). Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Add the lemon juice and beat until incorporated. Add the softened cream cheese in four to five additions (scraping the bowl as needed), beating until incorporated and the frosting is nice and smooth.
- To Assemble
- Place one layer of the cake on a cardboard cake board or 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. The cake can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for about five days. Serve cold or bring to room temperature before serving. Well-wrapped, the cake can also be frozen for about one month. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight.
- You could bake this cake in a 9 x 13 x 2 inch (23 x 33 x 5 cm) pan. Just increase the baking time to between 30 to 40 minutes.