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They had me with the cardamom! Knew I had to keep this recipe forwarded by a friend. Too darned hot to enjoy it now but fall is just around the hot sticky humid corner so I am stashing this one for fall use.
For the cake
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cardamom
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons cinnamon, ground
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 4 large eggs, room temperature
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1⁄3 cup buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 lbs carrots, grated coarsely (about 6 cups)
- 1 cup walnuts, toasted and finely chopped
For the Frosting
- 24 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Heat the oven to 350°F and arrange the rack in the middle.
- Coat two 8-inch cake pans with butter and flour, and tap out any excess flour. Set aside.
- Combine flour, baking powder, cardamom, cinnamon, baking soda, ginger, and salt in a large bowl, and whisk to aerate and break up any lumps. Set aside.
- Combine eggs, sugar, oil, buttermilk, and vanilla in a large bowl, and whisk until eggs are broken up and mixture is thoroughly combined. Using a rubber spatula, fold in flour mixture until just combined. Fold in carrots and walnuts until evenly mixed.
- Divide batter evenly between the prepared pans. Bake until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, about 50 to 60 minutes.
- Remove cakes from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool, about 15 minutes. Run a knife around the perimeter of each, and turn cakes out onto the rack to cool completely.
- For the Frosting:.
- Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, and beat at low speed until sugar is incorporated.
- Increase speed to medium high and beat until frosting is light and whipped, about 3 to 4 minutes.
- For the Assembly:.
- To frost, place a cake layer on an 8-inch cardboard round, a tart-pan bottom, or a cake plate. Evenly spread about 1/3 of the frosting over the top of the layer. Stack the second layer, and evenly spread another 1/3 of the frosting over the top and sides of the whole cake. (Don’t worry about looks at this point—this is just a crumb layer, and it will be covered up later.)
- Place in the refrigerator until frosting is set up and slightly hard, about 15 minutes.
- Remove from the refrigerator and spread remaining frosting over the top and sides of the cake, ensuring it’s as even as possible. Serve.