Awesome (Per My Bf) Carrot Cake

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READY IN: 45mins
Recipe by NanciY

My BF adores carrot cake. I have baked several other recipes to moans of "It could be better if only...". Not this time! I picked and chose and tweaked several recipes on here to come up with what, according to him and several of his friends, is the best carrot cake ever. I baked the cakes two days ahead and stored them in the refrigerator and took them out an hour before frosting to allow them to come back to room temp. I made the frosting and assembled the cake a day ahead to allow the flavors to combine.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350'.
  2. Cover raisins with drained pineapple juice and set aside.
  3. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Add carrots and toss lightly until coated.
  4. In mixing bowl, beat eggs and sugar until light yellow in color. Let stand a few minutes for sugars to dissolve.
  5. Stir in oil, pineapple, raisins (with juice) and nuts.
  6. Stir in dry ingredients, 1/4th at a time until just combined. DO NOT OVERBEAT!
  7. Turn into 3 greased and floured 8 inch cake pans.
  8. Bake at 350' for 30-40 minutes, or until center springs back when touched. (The toothpick test is not always accurate for this cake).
  9. Cool in the pans for about 10 minutes, then turn onto a cooling rack or dish towels until completely cool. (Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 2 days, if desired).
  10. Frosting:.
  11. Set butter and cream cheese out for at least an hour to soften.
  12. Beat butter and cream cheese until fluffy.
  13. Grate the zest from the orange and sqeeze the juice from half.
  14. Add vanilla, zest and juice to butter and cream cheese and beat.
  15. Slowly beat in confectioner's sugar until fluffy and completely combined. If too thin, refrigerate for 15 minutes or so to firm up.
  16. Frost cake a day ahead, if desired, to allow all the flavors to combine.
  17. If desired, the cup of chopped nuts pressed into the sides of the cake immediately after frosting add a beautiful presentation and a lot of flavor.

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