Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting


2 C. sugar
1 C. canola oil
4 large eggs
2 C flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
2 t. cinnamon
2 C. shredded carrots
1 C. pecan chips plus 1 cup for decorations around the bottom of the cake

Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting:
2-8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 C. unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
12 C. powdered sugar
2 t. Pure vanilla extract
1 T. ground cinnamon
5 T. heavy whipping cream

Carrot Cake Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray two 9-inch round cake pans with baking spray and set aside.
  3. Using a standing mixer, mix until combined the sugar, oil and eggs.
  4. Mix in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon until combined.
  5. Fold in the shredded carrots and 1 C. pecan chips.
  6. Divide the batter between the two cake pans and bake in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Allow cake to cool completely on a wire rack.
  8. Remove cake from pans onto a cutting board.
  9. Using a cake slicer, remove the rounded top from the cake.
  10. Cut the cake in half so that you have two rounds.
  11. Repeat step with other cake round. You should end up with 4 cake rounds

Frosting Directions:
  1. Using a standing mixer, cream together the cream cheese, and butter until combined.
  2. Gradually beat in 6 cups of powdered sugar until combined and smooth.
  3. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  4. Gradually beat in the remaining 6 cups of powdered sugar and the 5 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream until thick and smooth

Building the Cake:
  1. Place the first layer of cake on a serving plate.
  2. Spread about 1 cup of frosting evenly on top of the cake layer.
  3. Place another layer of cake onto the top of the first layer of frosting.
  4. Spread another cup of frosting onto the second cake layer.
  5. Place the third layer of cake onto the top of the second layer of frosting.
  6. Scoop another 1 cup of frosting onto the third cake layer and spread evenly.
  7. Place the last cake layer onto the third layer of frosting.
  8. Frost the entire cake with remaining frosting.
  9. Sprinkle the remaining pecan chips around the edge of the bottom of the cake
  10. Place cake into fridge for an hour before cutting and enjoying.

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