If there's one cake that perfectly embodies comfort and warmth, it's a classic carrot cake. The blend of moist carrot-infused layers, aromatic spices, and creamy frosting is nothing short of delightful. Let's dive into making this wonderful carrot cake from scratch.
For the cake:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 4 large eggs
- 2 cups grated carrots
- 1/2 cup crushed pineapple, drained
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
For the cream cheese frosting:
- 8 oz (225g) cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup (1 stick or 113g) unsalted butter, softened
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven and prepare the pans: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.
Prepare the dry ingredients: In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.
Mix the wet ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar and oil until well combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the grated carrots and crushed pineapple.
Combine dry and wet ingredients: Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. If desired, fold in the chopped nuts.
Bake the cake: Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cake pans. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Prepare the cream cheese frosting: In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter until smooth and creamy. Gradually add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract, mixing until smooth and fluffy.
Assemble the cake: Once the cakes are completely cool, frost the top of one cake layer. Place the second cake layer on top and frost the top and sides of the cake evenly.
Serve and enjoy: Slice the cake and serve, savoring every delightful bite of this homemade carrot cake!
Homemade carrot cake is a timeless classic, and making it from scratch allows you to infuse it with love and warmth. Treat yourself and your loved ones to the heavenly flavors of this moist and delicious cake. Happy baking!