Three-Layer Carrot Cake

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10 to 12 servings
55 Min
35 Min


3/4 cup vegetable oil, plus more for the pans
1 cup pecan halves
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
4 large eggs
1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons orange marmalade, plus more for topping (optional)
3 cups shredded carrots (about 3/4 pound carrots)
three 8-ounce packages cream cheese, at room temperature
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 cups confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt

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