Decadent cream cheese frosting and naturally sweet carrot cake pair perfectly for the ultimate dessert for any season. With our homemade recipe, you'll be set to reign supreme at your next bake sale. No "bunny" can beat our tried-and-true tips for perfectly moist carrot cake topped with from-scratch frosting. Learn how to make the treat to beat below.
For the cake:
For the frosting:
In medium bowl, combine carrots with brown sugar and let sit for an hour. Then, mix in golden raisins.
Preheat over to 350 degrees. Rub butter on bottom of cake pan and up the sides, then dust flour onto butter so it sticks. This process is referred to as "greasing and flouring" and helps the cake stay moist and not stick to pan.
In large bowl, whisk eggs until light and fluffy. Next, add the white sugar, vegetable oil, pineapple, and vanilla paste. Stir until evenly mixed. To that mixture, add baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and flour. Combine until these dry ingredients are fully absorbed into the wet ingredients.
Add in the carrot, brown, sugar, and raisin combo. Then, stir in chopped walnuts. Carefully pour evenly into the greased pan and cook for 45 minutes.
While your cake is baking, it's time to tackle the cream cheese frosting component. Add the paddle attachment to your stand mixer, then whip cream cheese until it's smooth. Medium-high speed will work best for this step.
Lower to medium speed and add butter and vanilla paste to cream cheese. Using spatula, scrape down the sides of the bowl to combine.
Change mixer speed to medium-low. One cup at a time, add the powdered sugar to the frosting mixture. Each time you add a cup of sugar, add a teaspoon of milk to the bowl so the consistency stays smooth and doesn't get too thick. Once your frosting reaches desired consistency, turn off mixer and set aside.
Now back to the actual cake. To make sure your carrot cake is adequately cooked, after the 45 minutes are up, stick a toothpick in. If it comes out with no residue, the cake is done. If not, cook for another couple minutes (up to five more, testing each time with toothpick). Once done, let cake cool completely, then add finished frosting. Yum!
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