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Best Carrot Cake
Makes 1 cake, serving 12- 14 people
For the Cake:
1 ½ cups chopped pecans, lightly toasted
1 lb grated carrots (grated by hand on the largest whole of a grader)
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 ½ cups buttermilk
2 ½ (368g) all-purpose flour
2 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
2 tsp baking powder
1 ½ tsp kosher salt
¾ tsp baking soda
4 large eggs, room temp
1 cup (205g) sugar
¾ cup (118g) dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
¾ cup vegetable oil
For the Frosting:
12 oz cream cheese, room temp
¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter room temp
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup powder sugar
Topping (optional): Corn Flakes
- Prepare the Cake:pre-heat the oven to 350˚F. Spray two cake pans (9”- diameter) with grease, line with parchment paper and spray again.
- In a bowl, combine the carrots, ginger and buttermilk.
- In another bowl whisk together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, salt, baking soda.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the eggs with the two sugars on high speed until pale and thick, about 5 minutes. Add the vanilla extract and continue beating.
- Change the attachment to a paddle attachment, reduce the speed to low, and start adding the oil.
- Add the dry ingredients in 3 additions, alternating with carrot mixture in 2 additions, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Mix until blended.
- Remove the bowl from the mixer, add the pecans and fold well. Scrape the batter into the prepared pans.
- Bake the cakes until a toothpick comes out clean, 35 to 45 minutes, rotating half way through baking time.
- Transfer the pans to a wire rack and cool for about 10 minutes. Run a knife around the sides of the cakes and invert onto a wire rack. Be sure to peel off the parchment paper and cool completely. Cakes can be done up to 5 days ahead of time and kept wrapped in plastic film in the refrigerator.
- Prepare the Frosting:in the bowl of an electric beater fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and butter.
- Beat in the vanilla and mix well.
- Reduce the speed to low and add the powder sugar. Carefully increase the speed to high and beat until the frosting looks light, fluffy and creamy, about 4 minutes.
- Assemble the Cake:place one cake, domed side down on a platter. Using an off=set spatula, spread ¾ cup of the frosting on top. Place the remaining cake (domed side down) on top. Use the remaining of the frosting to cover the top and sides of the cake, making decorative swirls.