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Yummy Carrot Cake Recipe

Monday, December 9, 2019


Hello blog friends.  

I have this delicious carrot cake recipe to share with you.



During the late summer, my college girl had some friends visiting from out of town.  They decided one evening that they wanted to bake a carrot cake.   The cake they baked tasted so good that I thought it would be a nice dessert idea to serve for the holidays.




If you follow my notes in the recipe, baking this cake is even easier.

I hope you enjoy baking this easy and moist carrot cake.  Your guests will love this cake as much as my family.





CARROT CAKE RECIPE

*  The recipe was found at Live Well Bake Often and made by college girl and her friends.





INGREDIENTS:

For Carrot Cake:

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup vegetable oil
4 large eggs - room temperature
1 1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 cups grated carrots, lightly packed

For Cream Cheese Frosting:

1 (8 oz.) package brick-style cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray two 9-inch round cake pans well with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.  In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt until well combined.  Set aside.  In a separate large mixing bowl, whisk together oil, eggs, brown sugar, granulated sugar, applesauce, and vanilla extract until fully combined.  Add the grated carrots into the wet ingredients and mix until well combined.  Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix with a whisk until well combined, making sure not to over mix the batter.  Pour the cake batter evenly between both prepared pans.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or until the tops of the cake are set and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Remove from oven, transfer to a wire rack, and allow to cool in pans for 20-25 minutes.  Once the cakes have cooled, remove the pans and return the cake to the wire rack to finish cooling.

To Make Cream Cheese Frosting:

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large mixing bowl using a hand-held mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth.  Add the butter and mix for 30 seconds - 1 minute until well combined and smooth.  Add in the powdered sugar and vanilla extract and continue mixing until fully combined scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

To Assemble the Cake:

Level the tops of each cake with a knife or cake leveler.  Place one of the cakes on a cake stand, top with a little over 1/2 cup of frosting, and smooth it out into one layer.  Place the other cake on top and use the remaining frosting to frost the top and sides of the cake.  Top with pecans or other toppings of choice if desired.


NOTES:  This is where we changed around part of the recipe.  This is what we used to make the cake.

For Easy Cream Cheese Frosting:  

1 can Betty Crocker Cream Cheese Frosting or Duncan Hines Cream Cheese Frosting
1 Bundt Pan - Sprayed with Cooking Spray



                                                                               
YUMMY CARROT CAKE




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Julie

29 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing this Julie! To be honest, I have never made the carrot cake, but would love to try your recipe. I am having a 2 weeks' holiday starting January 1st and you cannot imagine the list I've made with things I want to try :)
    But I would certainly make time for the carrot cake!

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  2. I love carrot cake and this looks amazing! Wonderful for the holiday season.

    #hearthandsoullinkparty

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    1. This is a wonderful carrot cake recipe. Thanks for the visit to my blog and hope you enjoy the holiday season.

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  3. Ooh ooh, this looks so good! I'm still without gas -- gas leak in the street -- and ovenless. I dream of baking again!

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    1. Thanks so much for the visit. This cake tastes so good and so nice to have the girls bake it. So sorry to hear that you are still without gas!

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  4. Yum, this looks so good !I've made banana bread before but never carrot cake, i should give this a go, I love carrot! :) Thanks for sharing :)

    Hope that your week is off to a good start! We went to the Enchanted Gardens yesterday afternoon to see the Christmas lights which was beautiful :)

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  5. Oh yum, I haven't had carrot cake in ages!
    Jenna

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  6. That is one moist looking cake!! Beautiful - Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party. Have a wonderful week!

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    1. Yes, this is a moist cake that tastes so good! Hope you enjoy the week.

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  7. Carrot Cake is one of my faves. This looks so yummy. I wish I lived closer to come over and have a piece with you. Happy Tuesday Julie. Have a great day.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  8. My family loves carrot cake. Yours looks so moist!

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    1. Thanks for the blog visit. This tastes delicious cake and it's a perfect dessert idea for the holidays.

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  9. Oh, I love carrot cake and this looks great. I bet you loved having your daughter home and it must have been fun to have friends with her, too! Great way to kick off the holidays!! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. I love carrot cake Julie, your looks so yummy :)

    Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays. Hope you can join us again tomorrow.

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  11. Julie, I can almost smell this through the screen! Looks delightful

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  12. Looks so yummy ^_^
    Thank you for sharing.
    xoxo

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. Yes, this carrot cake tastes good and easier to make using a bundt pan.

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  13. Carrot cake is one if my favorites, Julie. I’ve never made it in a bundt pan, but I like that idea and presentation.

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  14. Julie,
    My mom used to make carrot cake...I just may try this!!
    Thanks so much for stopping by!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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  15. Julie, such a different version of carrot cake, I shall give it a try. My family loves carrot cake. I hope your holidays is filled with magic.

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  16. This looks so delicious and moist I wonder if I need to make icing (I'm very lazy). I love dessert with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg, and so perfect for this time of year. It's nice to see unsweetened applesauce and carrots in the ingredients, I've cut way down on sugar and think this could be another recipe that would work with sugar substitutes.

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  17. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Happy Holiday!

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  18. Thank you so much for your Carrot Cake recipe, as I have my own too, but, I like the apple sauce you added here.
    Merry Christmas dear friend.
    Fabby

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  19. Julie,
    Thanks so much for stopping by!! Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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  20. I love carrot cake - haven't made one in years! Maybe it's time!

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  21. Looks delicious, Julie. Happy holidays!
    Amalia
    xo

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