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the best carrot cake recipe

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Prep Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Cook Time: 47 minutes

Total: 3 hours, 17 minutes

Servings: 12

Cost: $7.14 /serving

Ingredients

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Instructions

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Step 1

Peel the carrots, then grate them just until you have 3 1/2 cups (350g) of grated carrots. Cover the grated carrot and set in the fridge.

Step 2

Chop the remaining raw carrots into pieces small enough to go into a food processor or blender. Put chopped carrots in a steamer basket (or a colander, if you don’t have a steamer basket) set over a pot of boiling water. Cover and steam the carrots until very tender, about 10-15 minutes.

Step 3

Put the warm carrots into a food processor or blender and puree (do not add the water used to steam the carrots, JUST the carrots). The puree will be thick. You should end up with about 1 3/4 cups (420ml) of carrot puree. Set aside to cool while you make the cake batter.

Step 4

Prepare three 8 inch cake pans with parchment paper circles in the bottom and grease the sides. Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C).

Step 5

Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices in a medium sized bowl and set aside.

Step 6

Add the butter, oil, sugars and vanilla extract to and large mixer bowl and beat together until light in color and fluffy, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Do not skimp on the creaming time, but do not over mix either.

Step 7

Add the eggs one at a time, mixing until mostly combined after each, then add the egg white. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to be sure all ingredients are well incorporated.

Step 8

Add half of the dry ingredients to the batter and mix until mostly combined.

Step 9

Add the carrot puree (it can be warm or cold) and mix until well combined.

Step 10

Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix until combined. Do not over mix the batter.

Step 11

Stir in the grated carrots, pineapple, coconut, pecans and raisins (if using them all). Do not over mix.

Step 12

Divide the batter evenly between the cakes pans and bake for 29-32 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Step 13

Remove the cakes from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes, then remove to cooling racks to cool completely.

Step 14

To make the frosting, add the cream cheese and butter to a large mixer bowl and beat until well combined and smooth.

Step 15

Add about half of the powdered sugar and mix until well combined and smooth.

Step 16

Add the vanilla extract and mix until well combined.

Step 17

Add the remaining powdered sugar and mix until well combined and smooth. Add more or less powdered sugar, as desired for consistency purposes.

Step 18

To put the cake together, use a large serrated knife to remove the domes from the top of the cakes so that they’re flat, if needed. These cakes don’t have a large dome, but I like to make sure they’re completely flat.

Step 19

Place the first cake on a serving plate or a cardboard cake round.

Step 20

Spread about 1 cup of frosting evenly on top of the cake.

Step 21

Add the second layer of cake and another cup of frosting.

Step 22

Top the cake with the remaining layer and frost the outside of the cake. Refer to my tutorial for frosting a smooth cake, if needed.

Step 23

Use a 9 inch offset spatula to create the spiral pattern on top of the cake. Place the tip of spatula in the center of the cake and slowly turn the cake in circles, dragging the spatula through the frosting and moving outwards with each completed turn until you reach the outer edge of the cake.

Step 24

Press the pecans into the sides of the cake.

Step 25

Use the remaining frosting to pipe shells around the outer edge of the cake. I used Ateco tip 847.

Step 26

Refrigerate cake until ready to serve. Set cake out for about 2 hours before serving. Store cake in an air tight container. Cake is best if eaten within 3-4 days.

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