This Super Moist Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing recipe is easy to make and the perfect dessert for Easter. It has tons of flavor from the steamed carrots and pineapple, and has the best homemade cream cheese icing!
This Homemade Carrot Cake Is Perfect For Easter
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?
You Can Easily Customize This Carrot Cake Recipe
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.
This Carrot Cake Recipe Is Made With Pineapple
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.
I Love How Moist This Carrot Cake Is
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.
So if you’re looking for a great carrot cake recipe, look no further. Really. This one rocks!Print
This Super Moist Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing recipe is easy to make and the perfect dessert for Easter.
- 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)
- 16 oz cream cheese
- 3/4 cup butter
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 6–7 cups powdered sugar
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Recipe from 6 Bittersweets