Classic Carrot Cake

When my coworker said she’d like a carrot cake for her birthday, I was elated. Carrot cake is one of my favorite types of cake, and I don’t get requests for it very often! I used my favorite carrot cake recipe, and went a little wild decorating. The ingredients include:

Cake Base:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups finely grated carrot
  • 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Frosting:

  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1.5 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream

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Begin by lining and lightly greasing three eight-inch, round, cake pans. Set the pans aside. Stir together flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Mix in the eggs, sugar, oil, buttermilk, and vanilla at a medium speed, until fully incorporated. Fold in the carrots, pineapple, coconut, and walnuts. Pour the batter evenly between the prepared cake pans.

Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 15 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.

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While the cakes are cooling, prepare the frosting. Cream together the butter and cream cheese, then slowly ix in the powdered sugar in several installments, on a low speed. Once all the powdered sugar is incorporated, add in the salt, vanilla, and heavy cream. Mix at a low speed until fully combined. Once the cakes have cooled, spread the cream cheese frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake.

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Place the cake in the fridge to allow the frosting to firm up, and use a vegetable peeler to create ribbons from a large carrot. Using uniform slices of carrot, create a bow on top of the cake. If desired, you can also add side “ribbons” to the cake to complete the look.

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