What’s your favorite kind of cake? One of my favorites is this Carrot Cake with, of course, cream cheese frosting. Actually, I love all cakes…especially when it’s topped with a delicious buttercream frosting! And I’m not even opposed to the boxed cakes. They’re easy to make and taste great. I grew up on them. I even used to make my own birthday cakes with them. I guess my mom figured if I wanted to bake it myself then why not let me do it? BTW, she also let me wrap my own Christmas presents!
On the rare occasion I bake a cake from scratch it’s usually to make this carrot cake. Or my Black Russian Cake, but maybe that doesn’t count because it starts with a cake mix. Seriously, this is one delicious carrot cake recipe if I do say so myself! I have no idea where the recipe came from, but it’s one I’ve been making for 30+ years.
This carrot cake is a little dense but very moist. In addition to the grated carrots, this cake has crushed pineapple, raisins and nuts. And what’s a carrot cake without the cream cheese frosting? I don’t know because I’ve never had it that way! And the secret to really good cream cheese frosting…a little bit of hot coffee.
Yummmmm….. dig in! It might not last long!
- 4 eggs
- 2 C. sugar
- 1⅓ C. oil
- 2 C. flour
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- (optional - add a bit of nutmeg and cloves)
- 3 C. grated carrots
- ½ C. chopped walnuts
- ½ C. raisins
- 8 oz. can crushed pineapple, drained
- ¼ C. butter, softened
- 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 lb. powdered sugar
- 1 Tbls. hot coffee
- For the Cake:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cream together the eggs and sugar. Add oil and blend a bit more on medium speed. Then add flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon (and nutmeg/cloves if desired). Beat a few minutes more. Then stir in the carrots, nuts, raisins, and pineapple.
- Pour batter in two round cake pans (greased or sprayed with Pam) and bake 30-45 minutes. Start checking your cakes after 30 minutes, every oven is different. When done, remove and cool.
- For the Frosting:
- Combine butter, cream cheese and vanilla in a bowl and beat on medium speed until creamy. Add sugar and coffee and continue to beat to incorporate. If too thick, add a bit more coffee. If too thin, add a bit more powdered sugar.