Carrot Cake is my favorite cake, well I have a lot of favorites but Carrot Cake is on my top favorites list!
It also happens to be my hubby’s favorite cake by far, which allows me to have a fantastic excuse to make it often!!
The roasted pecans literally melt in my mouth. When I take a bite, the clouds open and the sun shines on my face and the world is wonderful. Okay, I may just be a little ridiculous and crazy over this cake 🙂 🙂
Adapted from Joy of Baking and Epicurious
2 1/2 – 3 cups skinned and grated carrots
1 cup pecans, (roasted.)
1/2 cup raisins.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon clove
4 large eggs
1 1/2 white sugar
1 cup canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
Cream Cheese Frosting:
1/2 cup softened butter
2 8oz packages cream cheese softened
2 cups confectioner sugar sifted.
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 teaspoons lemon zest
Cake Directions :
Preheat oven 350.
Grease 2 (8 – inch – round, 2 -inch-deep) cake pans with butter and line with parchment paper.
Peel and grate carrots, set aside for later.
Roast pecans in the oven until brown. Chop and set aside.
With a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice and clove.
With a standup mixer beat eggs until frothy. Add sugar, mix until well combined resembling a light color of yellow. Add the oil and vanilla and mix until completely combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Next add the flour mixture and beat on low until just incorporated. Fold in pecans, raisins and carrots using a spatula.
Divide batter between the two cake prepared cake pans.
Bake for 25 – 30 minutes.
Once cake has cooled 5 minutes, remove pans and parchment paper. Rest cakes on wire rack to finish cooling.
In a mixing bowl, beat the butter until creamy, add the softened cream cheese and mix until fully incorporated; add the confectioner’s sugar, lemon zest and vanilla extract. Whisk till combined.
Frost Cake and garnish with pecans.
Happy Baking Everyone!!