Thursday, January 19, 2012

Carrot Cake

Valentine's Day will be here soon and it is once again time to feature sweet treats to make for your sweetie.

Mr. Food, one of my favorite chefs, claims that this is the best ever carrot cake with the most amazing cream cheese frosting.  It is one of my favorite cakes, although I have not made it in years and I'm having a craving for it . . . we will be making this cake soon!


  • CAKE:
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • eggs
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 3 cups grated (about 1 pound) carrots
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

  • (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat two 8-inch round cake pans with cooking spray; lightly flour the pans.
  2. In a large bowl, with an electric beater, combine granulated sugar, oil, eggs, baking soda, flour, cinnamon, salt, coconut, carrots, and walnuts, blending for 30 seconds to 1 minute, until a smooth, thick batter forms. DO NOT OVER-MIX! Pour batter evenly into prepared cake pans. Bake 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean and the tops are golden. Let cool completely.
  3. In a large bowl, with an electric beater, make frosting by combining cream cheese and butter; mix well. Add vanilla; mix well. Gradually add confectioners' sugar, continuing to mix until well combined.
  4. Place one cake layer on a serving platter and frost top of cake. Place other layer on top of frosted layer. Frost top and sides of entire cake. Serve immediately, or cover and chill until ready to serve.

Source:  Mr. Food


sookietex said...

Yum! This carrot cake recipe is better than the one i posted at Recipes Damage In The Kitchen and i'm not a fan of coconut so you know this one must be good :D

Gina Alfani said...

I LOVE coconut in cake and sweet bread batters . . . it makes it so much moister. Try it in any banana bread batter some time!

Thanks for visiting and commenting :) I'll be listing your food blog in my favorite food blog listing!

Stay at Home Blessings said...

I like carrot cake. From time to time I also bake some.

Gina Alfani said...

There is something about the carrots that gives it a unique taste that goes so well with the cream cheese frosting.

Thanks for visiting!

Catherine said...

Dear Gina, Carrot cake is a favorite. My this looks good. Blessings, Catherine xo

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