The Best Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

The Best Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 large can crushed pineapple (in juice)
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup raisins

Directions: Please note that I 1/3’d the recipe for Mike and I. The pictures are for what I did, but the recipe is for a large 3 layer cake. WAY TOO MUCH cake for me and Mike to eat! Even the 1/3 is pushing it!

1.  Grate the carrots.

2. Beat eggs, sugar, vanilla and oil until fluffy.

3. Stir in pineapple, carrots and walnuts. This would also be the time to add the raisins. I forgot at this point and added them at the very end.

4. Add flour, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon. Stir well.

5. Don’t forget the raisins!

6. Mix well and pour into 3 round cake pans that have been sprayed with cooking spray. I also add a piece of paper to the bottom of the pan. I usually use plain old computer paper, but you can use parchment paper or wax paper. It really helps it not to stick!

7. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes.

8. When the cakes are done, take them out of the oven and let it sit for 5 minutes. Then run a knife around the sides to make sure it isn’t stuck. Flip the cakes onto a cooling rack. Peel back the paper and discard.

9.  Let cool completely.

 Time to make the Cream Cheese frosting! 

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz cream cheese (that’s 2 boxes) softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Directions:

1. Beat cream cheese, vanilla and butter with an electric mixer until creamy.

2. Add powdered sugar a little at a time, adding a little water when it gets too thick. Beat well.

 3. Move cakes to serving plate or cake stand. Frost the first layer. Repeat with each layer.

4. Frost the entire cake. Mike really likes the cake chilled, so we chill it before we serve it. You can also pipe the frosting carrots onto the top, like the store-bought or restaurant cakes. ENJOY!

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