Monday, May 30, 2011

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

I love carrot cake!  It is one of my favorite cake flavors.  My husband requested a carrot cake for his birthday celebration, so I was very happy and eager to make it for him and his family.  As I was making this cake for Bill {with a huge smile on my face}, I was thinking back in my baking memories.  This is the first carrot cake I have ever made.  I have helped my mother and sister make one in the past, but I had never made my own. 

P.S. This cake went so fast I was lucky to get these two photos.  I apologize for the poor photos, but don't judge a book by its cover.  This cake is delicious! 

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
Preheat oven 350o

Carrot Cake
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
 2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups shredded carrots (5 medium)
1 cup coarsely chopped nuts (optional)
8 ounce can crushed pineapple, drained (optional)

Grease bottom and sides of 2 round cake pans, with shortening & flour.  I also cut out parchment paper to put at the bottom of my cake pans for easy cake removal. 

Beat sugar, oil and eggs in large bowl with electric mixer on low speed about 30 seconds or until blended.  Add remaining ingredients except carrots, nuts, and pineapple; beat on low speed for 1 minute.  Next, stir in carrots, nuts, and pineapple.  Pour batter equally into the two cake pans.

Bake cake rounds for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool pans on wire racks for 10 minutes, remove cakes from pans to wire racks.  Cool completely before frosting

Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter or stick margarine
2 to 3 teaspoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar

Beat cream cheese, butter, milk and vanilla in medium bowl with electric mixer on low speed until smooth

Gradually beat in powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, on low speed until smooth and spreadable.  Frost first round, then layer the second cake on top and finish frosting.  Store frosted cake or any remaining frosting in the refrigerator. 


  1. Carrot cake is also one of my favorite cake flavors. It is especially good with cream cheese frosting!


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