Make The Perfect Carrot Cake
What’s the best thing about carrot cake? The cream cheese frosting!! Am I right!?!? I love a moist carrot cake with a little crunch and not to much add ons. Save the raisins and pineapple for another cake (My hubby would pick each and every one of them out). Bring on the pecan or walnuts though. At least that’s how I like mine. I have tried several recipes but a few years ago I found a total winner courtesy of Ree Drummond (Sigrid’s Carrot Cake recipe). No surprise, her recipes never disappoint.
A carrot cake made with basic pantry ingredients
This one in particular is so simple and comes out perfect every time. No crazy ingredients that I have to hunt down and then never use again and get lost in the pantry. Just your basic flour, carrots, oil, eggs…..you get the picture. I’m a butter fan when it comes to baking but really it’s the oil that gives this cake and all cakes made with oil their moistness and keeps the cake light at the same time. That’s really what you want in a cake, otherwise it’s more like a bread.
The only thing I modify when I make it is that I don’t bake it in bundt pan. I bake it in two 9 inch cake pans and layer it with frosting in the middle and a nice slathering on top. It ends up looking rustic chic! If you do like the add ins, this recipe definitely allows for them. So feel free to toss in some raisins, sultanas, currants, coconut shavings and pineapple to taste.
How to bake a carrot cake in a pan
The change in pan makes for a change in time in the oven. I split the batter between the two pans and baking time is 30-35 minutes depending on your oven, which is different form the original recipe using a Bundt and baking for 50 minutes. The recipe makes 2 nine inch cakes. To make this layered one I made this recipe twice (you can double the recipe if you have 4 pans or make it once and half the recipe for a single cake) and froze one of the layers because I thought 4 layers would be way too much. I also doubled the icing recipe because you can never have too much icing!!
It’s great for dinner parties, and potlucks. It’s a crowd pleaser for sure. The best part is that it’s easy to make, it comes out deliciously moist every time and hey, you get a little veg in your dessert to! Give it a try and tell me what you think and if you have a favorite recipe for this classic!
Yields 1 bundt cake or 2 9-inch pan cakes
For the cake
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 4 whole eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups grated carrots
- Butter, for greasing
For the icing
- 1 stick butter, softened
- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
- 1 pound powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup pecans, chopped finely
For the cake
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Mix together the granulated sugar, oil vanilla extract, and eggs in a large bowl.
In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture and combine.
Then add the carrots and mix well.
Pour the batter into a greased and floured Bundt pan and bake until done, about 50 minutes. If using 2 9-inch pans, bake for 30-35 minutes.
Leave to cool completely.
For the icing
In a larger bowl, cream the butter and cream cheese together.
Add the powdered sugar and vanilla and blend.
Then mix in the pecans.
Spread the icing on the cooled carrot cake.
Original recipe courtesy of Foodnetwork