Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake
Carrot Cake

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon kosher salt

11/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

11/4 cups canola or other vegetable oil

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup lightly packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 large eggs

3 cups grated peeled carrots

(5 to 6 medium carrots)

1 cup coarsely chopped pecans

1/2 cup raisins

Frosting

8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

11/4 cups powdered sugar

1/3 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans,

for topping cake

Preparation

Heat the oven to 350 F. Grease and flour two 9-inch by 2-inch cake pans.

In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, salt, and the cinnamon until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk the oil, sugars and vanilla. Whisk in eggs, one at a time, until blended.

Switch to a large rubber spatula. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl then add the dry ingredients in 3 parts, stirring gently until they disappear and the batter is smooth. Stir in the carrots, nuts and raisins.

Divide the batter between the prepared cake pans. Bake until the tops of the cake layers are springy when touched and when a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean; 35 to 45 minutes.

Cool cakes in pans for 15 minutes then turn out onto cooling racks, peel off parchment paper and cool completely.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with a handheld mixer on medium speed until creamy, about 1 minute. Beat in the powdered sugar, a 1/4 cup at a time until fluffy. Pour in cream and beat on medium speed for 1 minute. Chill covered until ready to frost cake.

When the cake layers are completely cool, frost the top of one cake layer, place the other cake layer on top. Decoratively swirl the top of the cake with remaining frosting, leaving the sides unfrosted. Scatter nuts on top.

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