We could eat carrot cake all year long…but we get an extra craving for it around Easter time. We hear this is one of the Easter Bunny’s favorite recipes. Hope you enjoy it as well!
Serving Size: 12 Servings
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup applesauce
2 cups (13.8 oz) granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups (10 oz) all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda*
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground ginger
3 cups (12.3 oz) lightly packed finely grated carrots**
1 recipe Cream Cheese Frosting, recipe follows
2/3 cup chopped pecans
Cream Cheese Frosting
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup salted butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 9″ round cake pans with aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on two side. Grease foil and dust with flour, set aside.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.
In a large mixing bowl, with an electric mixer, combine vegetable oil, applesauce, eggs, granulated sugar and vanilla. Slowly stir in dry ingredients and mix until well blended.
Stir in grated carrots. Divide mixture evenly into 2 prepared cake pans.
Bake cakes in preheat oven for 35-39 minutes until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
Remove from oven and allow to cool 5 minutes in cake dishes before removing to a wire rack to cool.
Lift cakes out of pan with foil overhang and allow to cool on wire rack completely before frosting (once cool cut about 1/4″ off the tops to even them out before frosting, you’ll notice the centers don’t rise as high as the rest).
Flip cakes upside down when frosting with Cream Cheese Frosting.
Sprinkle with chopped pecans.
Store cake in airtight container.
*Recipe originally 2 tsp baking soda,but made it (4/5/15) and reduced to 1 tsp and it came out more level.
**Grate carrots on small grate of a grater. This is usually 6-7 medium carrots.
Cream Cheese Frosting
In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, whip together cream cheese, butter and vanilla until fluffy. Stir in powdered sugar and mix until well combine.
This recipe and images are courtesy of Cooking Classy.