April 06, 2017

The. Best. Carrot. Cake. Ever.

I love nothing more than a dessert table, and what's better than a carrot cake on the table at Easter time? I had been searching for the perfect carrot cake recipe, not too chunky, not too spicy.  When I came across this one, I have never looked back! This is a Duff Goldmans recipe, and boy does he know a thing or two about cakes! So with no further ado, here is the recipe for you.

Carrot Cake -

Ingredients : 

  • 3 cups  flour
  • 1 1⁄4 cups  sugar
  • 3⁄4 cup  light brown sugar
  • 1 1⁄4 teaspoons  baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons  ground cinnamon 
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon  ground nutmeg 
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon  ground ginger
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon  salt
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 1⁄2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon  vanilla extract 
  • 2 cups  carrots, finely shredded and packed into the cups

Directions : 

  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Into a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and salt.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a medium bowl using a hand mixer, whip the eggs until they thicken and ribbons form when the beater is lifted, 3 to 5 minutes. Slowly add the oil and vanilla extract to the whipped eggs.
  4. Gently fold the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients to form the batter; it may feel a little thick. Add the shredded carrots and gently but evenly fold them into the batter.
  5. Pour the batter into two (8-inch) round pans lined with parchment. Bake until the cakes are puffed, golden and set, and a toothpick inserted comes out clean, 35 to 45 minutes. Rotate halfway through for even baking. Remove and set aside on racks to cool before unmolding.


Cream Cheese Icing - 

Ingredients : 

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1⁄2 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3⁄4 cups powdered sugar, sifted

Directions : 

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter until well blended and lightened in texture. Beat in the vanilla until blended.
  2. Slowly beat in the powdered sugar until the icing is smooth and spreadable, then frost the cake.

Looking for a cute way to spruce up a classic cake? Add some Jana Lee's cookies to give it that festive touch! 

You can find the recipe at Food Network and a video on YouTube. Enjoy! 

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