There's really not much else to say about carrot cake. This recipe had maple cream cheese frosting and the batter is really adaptive to any combination of add-ons you prefer (walnuts, pineapples, etc.). I didn't mix anything in so the batter was really smooth and the cake was pretty uniform. The layer cake version I made had dried pineapples and walnuts in between the layers and adorning the top and sides. Decorate and bake at your whim. It's a really easy recipe to follow. Thank you, Smitten Kitchen . Definitely use a grater to get smoother pieces of carrot.
Carrot Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
Prep time: 30 minutesCook time: 14-40 minutesYields: 24 cupcakes or 2 9-inch cakes
Ingredients:2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground ginger
2 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups canola oil
4 large eggs
3 cups grated peeled carrots (5-6 large carrots)
Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups confectioners sugar
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
Directions:Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 24 cupcake molds with papers, or butter and flour them.
Whisk flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger in medium bowl to blend. Whisk sugar and oil in large bowl until well blended. Whisk in eggs 1 at a time. Add flour mixture and stir until blended. Stir in carrots, walnuts and raisins, if using them. Divide batter among cupcake molds, filling 3/4 of each.
Bake cupcakes 14 to 18 minutes, or until a tester inserted into the center of one comes out clean. Let cool in pans for five minutes or so, then transfer cakes to a cooling rack. Let cool completely before icing them.
To make a layer cake: Butter two 9-inch-diameter cake pans instead of cupcake molds. Line bottom of pans with waxed paper. Butter and flour paper; tap out excess flour. Divide the batter between the prepared pans, and bake the layers for about 40 minutes each, or until a tester inserted into center comes out clean. Cool cakes in pans 15 minutes. Turn out onto racks. Peel off waxed paper; cool cakes completely.
To make the frosting, beat all the ingredients on medium until fluffy. Chill the frosting for 10 to 20 minutes, until it has set up enough to spread smoothly.
The decorations were created by putting the maple cream cheese frosting into a piping bag fitted with a large star tip and dolloping away. An extra layer of dollops were piped nearer to the center, to create a domed effect.
To assemble a carrot layer cake, frost the top of one cake, place the other cake on top. Frost the sides and top. Refrigerate the cake for 30 minutes to set up frosting.