This carrot cake is moist and fluffy making it the BEST EVER!!
I have posted two other recipes for carrot cake on my blog: Why-I-Joined-Zaar Carrot Cake and To Die For Carrot Cake. They are similar with carrots, coconut, and pineapple in them. I liked this one because it was all about the carrots. I do love pineapple and coconut in my carrot cake - I mean honestly, I will take carrot cake however it comes, but it is called carrot cake for a reason and this recipe really makes carrot the star! This cake also replaces some of the oil with applesauce and it makes for a very moist, fluffy cake.
I decorated my cake with a basket weave on top and then I tried to do a border and failed, so I covered it up with my star tip like grass. It actually turned out pretty cute, so I wasn't too bummed. It was so cute because it looked like a carrot when it was cut into triangles. I used full pecan halves around the edges, but you could use chopped pecans or decorate the top with pecans. It's up to you! Let your creativity flow! :)
What you need:
For the cake:
- 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
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
- 3 cups grated carrots
- 2/3 cup chopped pecans or pecan halves
- 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup salted butter, at room tempereature
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- Green food coloring, yellow food coloring, red food coloring (optional)
- In a large bowl, mix together eggs, vegetable oil, applesauce, granulated sugar, and vanilla.
- In a separate bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.
- Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until well combined, but do not overmix.
- Stir in the grated carrots.
- Divide the batter into two greased (and parchment paper lined) 9-inch round cake pans.
- Bake at 350* for 35 to 39 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Allow to cool in cake pans for 5 minutes before removing and letting them cool on a wire rack completely.
- For the frosting: whip cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until smooth and fluffy. Add powdered sugar little by little until you reach the desired consistency.
- Frost cake in desired method. I frosted the middle layer and a crumb coating around on the sides before dividing my frosting up to use the food coloring. I loved how the slices looked like carrots with the orange basket weave in the center and the "grass" around the edges.
- Decorate with pecans. I used whole pecans around the sides.
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