My homemade carrot cake recipe from scratch is outstanding. So moist and tender, and the frosting is creamy and rich - just like it should be.
Homemade Carrot Cake from Scratch
2-1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white granulated sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp cloves
1 cup vegetable oil
4 large eggs
1 tsp homemade pure vanilla extract
1 cup walnuts, finely chopped
2 cups freshly grated (by you) whole carrots
3/4 cup drained crushed pineapple, juice squeezed out
Garnish: 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 9 inch cake pans and line with parchment paper. Grease the top of the parchment paper and set aside.
Sift dry ingredients (first ten) together into a mixing bowl. In another bowl, beat the oil, eggs and vanilla together and add to the dry ingredients, a little at a time. Mix after each addition until thoroughly combined.
Fold in walnuts, coconut, carrots and pineapple. Pour into prepared cake pans. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until edges have pulled away from the sides and when a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
Cool on a rack. Place one of the cakes upside down on a plate. Frost entire cake. Place the other cake right side up and frost sides with cream cheese frosting. Garnish with walnuts if you wish.
In a bowl - cream together cream cheese and butter. Slowly sift in powdered sugar and continue beating until the frosting is smooth and creamy. Add vanilla and mix well.
NOTE: You may easily freeze the cake until you need it. Just defrost and cover with icing. It tastes like the day you made it. One of my favorite homemade cake recipes.
You can also use this for frosting:
Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting
1 cup flaked coconut
16 ounces of cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
3 cup sifted powdered sugar
1 TBS milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Toast coconut and cool.
Meanwhile, blend cream cheese with butter. Add powdered sugar, milk and vanilla; beat until smooth.
Add half of the toasted coconut, frost cake and top with remaining coconut.
I have more than just a carrot cake recipe, please check out the homemade desserts below.