2 Layer Carrot Cake w/ Cream Cheese Frosting

Rose Mary Mogan


My husband loves this recipe from Southern Living. Ate 2 big pieces. I like that the recipe uses Self Rising Flour. The original recipe makes 3 eight inch layers, but I chose instead to use two 9 inch Square pans it worked out perfectly. Another thing that caught my eye was the temperature, baking @ 310 degrees F. for 45 minutes. It turned out perfectly, & the cake was moist, tasty & delicious.

It is simple & easy, & the addition of the spices adds lots of flavor. I did add butter extract & Vanilla Bean paste & a few other minor changes, the end results is purely delicious. YUM

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10 -12 or more depending on portion size
20 Min
45 Min


1 1/2 c
cooking oil
2 c
3 large
eggs, room temperature
4 Tbsp
hot water
11/2 c
finely grated carrots
2 1/2 c
self rising flour (i used white lily)
1 1/2 tsp
each nutmeg,& allspice
2 1/4 tsp
1 c
chopped pecans (i used walnuts)
3/4 c
golden raisins (my addition)
1 Tbsp
vanilla bean paste (my addition)
1 tsp
butter flavored extract (my addition)


1 stick
butter, softened room temperature
8 oz
cream cheese softened
1 lb
box confectioners sugar
1 tsp
vanilla bean paste or extract
1 c
chopped pecans (i omitted these)


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1PREHEAT OVEN TO 310 DEGREES F.Using a large bowl add the sugar and oil and beat till blended together. Then add the eggs , one at a time beating well after each addition.

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2Add in the hot water, carrots, nuts, & raisins and beat again. NOTE: I USED A COMBINATION OF BOTH NUTS & RAISINS, INSTEAD OF ALL NUTS.

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3Sift the flour with the spices, and add alternately to the wet ingredients. Beating well after each addition. Scrape down sides of bowl if needed.

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4Grease and flour 3- 8" cake pans, I USED BAKERS JOY & USED 2- 9" SQUARE CAKE PANS. Pour in cake batter.

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5Bake in preheated oven at 310 degrees F. for 45 minutes or until done. Allow cakes to cool for 10 minutes then invert onto a wire rack to cool completely.

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6Prepare frosting by Beating the butter with the cream cheese until light; Then gradually add in the sugar, and vanilla and nuts if using. Frost cake after it has cooled completely.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American