Best Ever Carrot Cake

Are you looking for the perfect cake? This is it. Moist, heavenly, flavourful, sweet, fluffy and dense all at once.

Best Ever Carrot Cake

 

Best Ever Carrot Cake

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 cups lightly packed finely grated carrots*
  • 1 recipe Cream Cheese Frosting, recipe follows
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 9" round cake pans with aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on two side. Grease foil and dust with flour, set aside. (This cake can also be made in a 9x13 dish just increase baking time to 40 - 50 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, I have even halved the recipe and baked it in and 8x8 dish).
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. In a large mixing bowl, with an electric mixer, combine vegetable oil, applesauce, eggs, granulated sugar and vanilla. Slowly stir in dry ingredients and mix until well blended. Stir in grated carrots. Divide mixture evenly into 2 prepared cake pans. Bake cakes in preheat oven for 35-39 minutes until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool 5 minutes in cake dishes before removing to a wire rack to cool. Lift cakes out of pan with foil overhang and allow to cool on wire rack completely before frosting (once cool I cut about 1/4" off the tops to even them out before frosting, you'll notice the centers don't rise as high as the rest). Flip cakes upside down when frosting with Cream Cheese Fros
  3. Cream Cheese Frosting
  4. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, whip together cream cheese, butter and vanilla until fluffy. Stir in powdered sugar and mix until well combine.

Notes

*Grate carrots on small grate of a grater. Usually 6-7 medium carrots.

http://www.localparent.ca/local_parent/food/desserts/best-ever-carrot-cake/

 

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Author: Cooking Classy

Recipe and photo courtesy Cooking Classy.

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