Carrot cake is a delicious dessert that’s perfect for any occasion. Here’s a recipe for making a classic carrot cake with cream cheese frosting:
Ingredients for Carrot Cake:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 cups grated carrots
- 1 cup chopped pecans (optional)
Ingredients for Cream Cheese Frosting:
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans or one 9×13 inch cake pan.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs with both sugars until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
- Add the oil and vanilla extract to the egg mixture, and mix until well combined.
- Gradually add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture, mixing until just combined.
- Stir in the grated carrots and chopped pecans (if using) until evenly distributed.
- Pour the batter into the prepared cake pans and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Let the cakes cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing them from the pans and placing them on a wire rack to cool completely.
- To make the cream cheese frosting, beat the butter and cream cheese together until smooth and creamy.
- Gradually add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, until the frosting is thick and spreadable.
- Stir in the vanilla extract until well combined.
- Once the cakes have cooled completely, spread the cream cheese frosting on top of one cake layer and place the other cake layer on top.
- Spread the remaining frosting over the top and sides of the cake.
- Serve and enjoy your delicious carrot cake with cream cheese frosting!