Carrot Cake

This three-layer cake is utterly delicious, with a not-too-sweet cream cheese frosting. It's a nice dessert to serve at holiday gatherings.



by 13  people


add your rating
add a comment
Servings: 12
Prep Time: 40 mins
Recent Activity:
 
savings in
 
Ingredients
  • see savings
    On Sale
    1   cup 
    raisins
  • see savings
    On Sale
    2   cups 
    minus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • see savings
    On Sale
    1   tablespoon 
    unsweetened cocoa
  • see savings
    On Sale
    2   teaspoons 
    baking powder
  • see savings
    On Sale
    2   teaspoons 
    ground cinnamon
  • see savings
    On Sale
    1   teaspoon 
    baking soda
  • see savings
    On Sale
    1   teaspoon 
    salt
  • see savings
    On Sale
    4   large 
    eggs
  • see savings
    On Sale
    2   teaspoons 
    vanilla extract
  • see savings
    On Sale
    1   cup 
    granulated sugar
  • see savings
    On Sale
    1   cup 
    firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • see savings
    On Sale
    1 1/4  cups 
    corn or vegetable oil
  • see savings
    On Sale
    4   cups 
    firmly packed grated carrots (1-1/2 pounds)
  • see savings
    On Sale
    1 1/2  cups 
    chopped walnuts
  • see savings
    On Sale
    2  8  ounce package 
    cream cheese, softened
  • see savings
    On Sale
    1/4  cup 
    butter (no substitutes), softened
  • see savings
    On Sale
    1   teaspoon 
    vanilla extract
  • see savings
    On Sale
    2   cups 
    sifted confectioners' sugar

Directions
1.
Adjust oven racks to center and upper third of oven. Heat oven to 350 degree F. Grease three 9-inch round cake pans. Line bottom of pans with waxed paper; grease and flour paper, tapping out excess. Set aside.
2.
Arrange raisins in a strainer set over shallow water in a medium saucepan. Cover and bring water to boil; steam raisins 10 minutes. Set raisins aside.
3.
Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a large mixer bowl. Beat eggs in a large bowl on medium speed of electric mixer until blended. Beat in vanilla, granulated and dark brown sugars, and oil until well combined. At low speed, add flour mixture and beat just until blended. Stir in carrots, raisins, and nuts. Divide and spoon batter into prepared pans. Place 2 pans on 1 oven rack and 1 pan in the center of the other rack. Bake until tops of cakes spring back and edges just begin to pull away from side of pans, 35 to 40 minutes. Cool cakes in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Unmold layers, remove paper and invert again onto racks; cool. Freeze layers 1 hour, until firm.
4.
For frosting, beat cream cheese and butter in large bowl on medium-high speed of electric until smooth. At low speed, beat in vanilla and confectioners' sugar, until well combined. Increase speed to high and beat until mixture is smooth.
5.
Transfer 1 layer to a large serving plate; spread top with one third of the Frosting. Repeat with remaining layers and frosting. Store, covered, in refrigerator. Makes 12 servings.
Make Ahead Tip
  • Prepare and frost Cake. Freeze uncovered 1 hour, until frosting is firm, then wrap well and freeze up to 2 weeks. Thaw in refrigerator overnight.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 865, Fat, total (g) 52, chol. (mg) 123, sat. fat (g) 15, carb. (g) 87, fiber (g) 4, pro. (g) 10, sodium (mg) 584, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
Add Your Review
Related Recipe
Carrot Cake
Carrot Cake

Carrots give carrot cake a health-halo effect--people think it's health food, but it's usually very high in fat and calories. But our version has about 40 percent less calories and 50 percent less fat than most. First, we use less oil in our batter. Then we skip the butter in the frosting (don't worry, it's still light and smooth). To ensure the cake is moist, we add nonfat buttermilk and crushed pineapple.

 Articles
7 Super-Easy Cake Mix Christmas Cookies: Best of the Blogs
... can turn out in a snap. The secret? Boxed cake mix. If you haven't tried your hand at easy cake mix...&M Cake Mix Cookies Red and green M&Ms minis are all you need to add to chocolate fudge cake mix... for these decadent-tasting (but so easy) holiday nibbles, courtesy of The Frugal Girls. Easy Cake Truffles Also from... read more...
Molten Chocolate Cake with Cherry Compote: A Sweet Treat for Two
... most ambitious recipe yet, Molten Chocolate Cake with Cherry Compote. A cake that's cooked... first two recipes, however, I felt up to the challenge. To make sure his chocolate cake is perfect...-licking opportunities, so I was nearly full before I ever had a finished cake. The first tasty step is to melt down... read more...
how tos
Food Blogs We Love
see more blogs

shop our favorite products