Carrot Spice Cake


This moist carrot spice cake is the perfect Christmas dessert! With a thick cream cheese frosting, this cake is decadent and delicious!

This moist carrot spice cake is the perfect Christmas dessert! With a thick cream cheese frosting, this cake is decadent and delicious! This moist carrot spice cake is the perfect Christmas dessert! With a thick cream cheese frosting, this cake is decadent and delicious! Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, my Christmas shopping was wildly successful!

For myself.

It’s a recurring problem I have so you’d think I’d be more prepared for to say no to those amazing deals, but no. I prefer to have time to decide whether or not I want something. You know, weigh the pros and cons–see if I can’t stop thinking about it. But during these crazy discounts, there’s a pressure to get the deal before it’s gone because what if the deal doesn’t come back and I end up really wanting the thing and now it’s way more expensive.

I don’t do great under pressure, hence my success this past weekend.

This moist carrot spice cake is the perfect Christmas dessert! With a thick cream cheese frosting, this cake is decadent and delicious! This moist carrot spice cake is the perfect Christmas dessert! With a thick cream cheese frosting, this cake is decadent and delicious! Anyhow, even if my credit card bill is a little higher than normal, it’s December 1st!

I’m happy and sad all rolled into one. Because Christmas is my favorite holiday, I spend the rest of the year wishing it would arrive a little quicker, but once it gets here, I’m ready for it to slow down a bit so I can savor and enjoy the whole season.

It’s complicated.

This cake, however, is not. It is an amazingly delicious carrot spice cake and super simple to make! My sister introduced this recipe to me, and now I’m hooked–it really might be the best carrot cake I’ve ever had.

This moist carrot spice cake is the perfect Christmas dessert! With a thick cream cheese frosting, this cake is decadent and delicious! Ready to spice up your life?

 

Yields 12-14 Slices

Carrot Spice Cake

This moist carrot spice cake is the perfect Christmas dessert! With a thick cream cheese frosting, this cake is decadent and delicious!

30 minPrep Time

40 minCook Time

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Ingredients

    Carrot Spice Cake
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground all spice
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups grated carrots
  • 8 oz carrot puree (baby food--trust me!)
  • 1 cup shredded coconut, sweetened
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 12 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4 - 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • salt to taste
  • Topping
  • Toasted Coconut
  • Crushed Pecans

Instructions

    Carrot Spice Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray two 9" cake pans with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, all spice, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract. Stir wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. Add in grated carrots, carrot puree, and coconut. Mix until just combined.
  4. Split batter evenly between the two cake pans and bake for 40-50 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean.
  5. Toasted Coconut
  6. In a 300 degree oven, toast 2 cups of coconut on a baking sheet, spread out in an even layer, about 8-12 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. Allow to cool while working on the frosting.
  7. Frosting
  8. Beat butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy, about 1-2 minutes. Slowly add in powdered sugar, beginning with 4 cups. Add in vanilla extract and salt to taste. If the frosting is runny, add in 1/2 cup more powdered sugar.
  9. Place one cake on a plate and spread 1/2 cup of frosting over the cake. Add the second layer on top, and spread the rest of the frosting evenly over the top and sides of the cake.
  10. Press coconut to the sides of the cake and sprinkle crushed pecans on the top.
  11. Enjoy!

Notes

Adapted from The Bride & Groom First and Forever Cookbook

6.8
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This moist carrot spice cake is the perfect Christmas dessert! With a thick cream cheese frosting, this cake is decadent and delicious!

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This moist carrot spice cake is the perfect Christmas dessert! With a thick cream cheese frosting, this cake is decadent and delicious!

 


11 comments

  1. Danielle says:

    It’s hard to say no to good deals, especially when it’s something you really want! This cake looks so perfectly moist and delicious. I love carrot cake any time of year!

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