Best Ever Yummy Carrot Cake!!!! (With Cream Cheese Frosting)

Recipe by KirstenSU04
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READY IN: 50mins
SERVES: 16
YIELD: 1 12
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (If using a commercial convection oven, set it for 325 degrees on high fan).
  • FOR THE CAKE:
  • Grease & flour four 12" round pans.
  • Whisk first six ingredients in a large bowl until combined(flour, granulated sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt & cinnamon).
  • In a separate smaller bowl, lightly beat oil, eggs & vanilla until combined.
  • Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture until just combined.
  • Carefully stir in the carrots, coconut, walnuts, pineapple & raisins until everything is evenly dispersed.
  • Pour the batter into your greased & floured pans.
  • Bake in the oven, turning half way through, until a toothpick comes out clean. When you lightly push on the cake it should spring back if it is done. (It takes about 25-30 minutes in a convection oven, but will probably take longer in a household oven).
  • Cool the cake on cooling racks until it is room temperature. I cool mine in the fridge to speed things up -- but either way will work.
  • FOR THE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
  • While the cake is baking & cooling you can make your frosting.
  • Beat cream cheese & softened butter in your mixer until it is light & fluffy.
  • With your mixer on low, slowly add the powdered sugar a little at a time so it doesn't fly out everywhere.
  • Continue beating until the frosting is smooth.
  • Add the vanilla to the frosting & continue to mix until combined.
  • This frosting should be a thick fluffy consistency so you can spread it easily but it won't run.
  • If you want a thinner frosting add less powdered sugar, if you want it thicker add more powdered sugar.
  • TO ASSEMBLE CAKE:
  • When the cakes are cool, put a dollop of frosting on each one & spread around so there is an evenly covered layer (about 1/4" - 1/2" thick).
  • If you put too much frosting it will squish out from the weight of the stacked cakes.
  • Spread the remainder of the frosting on the sides of the cake.
  • FOR THE CARROT DECORATIONS:
  • Take two small bowls of frosting.
  • To one add green food coloring until you get a nice "carrot stem green" color.
  • To the other bowl add red + yellow food coloring to make a nice "carrot orange" color.
  • Add extra powdered sugar to each to make the frosting very thick. Then use a pastry bag to pipe little carrots with green stems on the top of the cake.
  • You can use a zip-top bag with a tiny hole cut in the corner to pipe out the frosting carrots if you don't have a pastry bag.
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