Super Moist Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Carrot cake is a classic for Easter. If there’s one thing bunnies like just as much as hiding Easter eggs it’s carrots, right? Or did I just make that up? Whatever. It sounds good. And since the Easter bunny likes carrots (in my world anyways) it makes sense we’d put carrots into cake form to celebrate, no?

Super Moist Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

So that’s what I did. And I don’t know about you, but while I really love the flavor of carrot cake (with cream cheese icing – swoon) I’m not really a fan of nuts in my cake. Or raisins. Raisins go in cookies, not cake. So while you could easily add nuts and raisins to your cake, I didn’t include them in mine. Or the coconut. I like coconut flavor, but not the flakes. It’s like eating paper.

uper Moist Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Ok now that I’ve told you all the things I don’t like, here are the reasons I am in love with this cake (besides the fact that bunnies will love it :) ). I made it for the first time last Easter and it was a hug hit with everyone. My uncle, who loves carrot cake was a fan, as well as my nieces who were 5 and 7 at the time. I was surprised they loved it so much – it’s named after a veggie! – but they not only loved it, they wanted to take the rest of it home. This cake also has so much flavor. Just the right mix of spices, pineapple and carrot. And while it is super moist from the moment you bake it, I really believe that a good cake gets even moister a day or two after it’s been frosted and this cake is no exception.

uper Moist Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

One big difference between this cake and other carrot cakes is that is doesn’t use grated carrots. I LOVE that! It adds so much moisture to the cake AND you don’t have to deal with all the grating. Instead you just steam those suckers and puree them. Easy peasy. And like I said – crazy moist.

uper Moist Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

So if you’re looking for a great carrot cake recipe, look no further. Really. This one rocks!

Super Moist Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Yield: one 9 inch cake

Ingredients

Cake
2 cups flour
3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp cake flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 tsp salt
2 1/2 tsp baking soda
2 1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
Large pinch of ground cloves
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
3/4 cup buttermilk, room temperature
4 large eggs, room temperature and lightly beaten
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp unsulphured molasses
1 1/3 cups pureed cooked carrots (from about 1 lb. 2 oz. raw)
8 oz. can of crushed pineapple, drained (about 3/4 cup after draining)
1 cup walnuts or pecans, optional
3/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut, optional
2 tsp freshly grated ginger, optional
1/2 cup raisins, optional (is using, reduce sugar to 1 2/3 cup)
***If adding raisins, save the drained off pineapple juice for soaking raisins (soak for about an hour)


Icing
16 oz cream cheese
3/4 cup butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
6-7 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

Cake
1. Clean and peel carrots and chop into large pieces.
2. Steam carrots for 15 minutes, or until very tender.
3. While the carrots are warm, puree in a food processor or blender until mostly smooth. Set aside to cool.
4. Sift together flours, sugar, salt, baking soda and spices in a large mixing bowl.
5. Add oil, melted butter, buttermilk, eggs, vanilla and molasses. Mix until well combined and no lumps remain.
6. Fold in pureed carrots and pineapple as well as walnuts, coconut, ginger and raisins if using.
7. For a cake, pour batter into 2 9-inch greased pans and bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes. Let cool in pan for about 10 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely. For cupcakes, pour batter into cupcake pans and bake for 18-22 minutes. Allow to cool in pans for about 5 minutes, then remove to wire rack.


Icing
1. Beat the cream cheese and butter until smooth.
2. Slowly add 3 cups of powdered sugar. Mix until combined.
3. Mix in the vanilla extract.
4. Add the rest of the powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
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Enjoy!

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Comments

  1. what is the 1/2 cup of vegetable listed in the recipe? Thanks.

  2. Reblogged this on Bake With Me! and commented:
    This looks amazing! Definitely a recipe I’m going to try! x

  3. Definitely want to make mini carrot cakes for Easter! Ps. your blog is lovely :)

  4. Carrot Cake is my FAVORITE cake. Well I have a lot of favorites but this is definitely one of them ;) This would be lovely for Easter and such a decadent treat!

  5. I looooooove carrot cake but have never made it myself. I’m too darn lazy to shred all those carrots. You’d think my gluttony > laziness but unfortunately not, lol. Your cake is gorgeous – what a perfect icing job!

  6. Hi Lindsay! I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Liebster Award! You share such wonderful recipes on your blog and you definitely deserve it! Many blessings to you-Hannah
    http://pocketfulofmotherhood.wordpress.com/2013/03/24/a-humbling-surprise/

  7. would love some instruction on how to perfectly frost a cake like this :D

  8. Ellen McCormick says:

    I can’t find the measurements for the coconut, ginger, walnuts and raisins in the recipe. Only mentioned in the directions. Is it to taste or optional? Love the rest of the ingredients though.

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