Best Carrot Cake

★★★★★ 10 Reviews
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By Aneisha DeArman
from Washington, DC

I just made this yesterday and the icing is to die for!!! It is inspired by a cake sold at Wegman's grocery store and an icing I saw on this site.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This carrot cake is moist and dense with fruity little gems in every bite. Adding crushed pineapple is a lovely addition to the carrot cake recipe. The frosting is silky smooth and tangy with just a hint of pineapple flavor. This is definitely not your grandma's carrot cake!

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
serves 8-10
prep time 10 Min
cook time 40 Min
method Bake

Ingredients

  • PINEAPPLE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    pineapple juice
  • 2 c
    powered sugar or confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 c
    butter, softened (1 full stick)
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 16 oz
    cream cheese, softened
  • CARROT CAKE
  • 2 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 2 c
    sugar
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 tsp
    salt
  • 1/2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 2 tsp
    cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp
    nutmeg
  • 1 pinch
    allspice, ground
  • 4
    eggs
  • 1/2 c
    vegetable oil
  • 1 c
    applesauce, unsweetened
  • 3 c
    carrots, grated
  • 1 c
    walnuts, chopped
  • 8 1/2 oz
    pineapples, crushed
  • 1/4 c
    golden raisins
  • 1/4 c
    raisins
  • 1/4 c
    coconut, flaked
  • Crisco spray with flour
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How To Make

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • 2
    Mix flour, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, and allspice in a bowl.
  • 3
    In a separate bowl mix oil, applesauce, pineapples, raisins, and coconut.
  • 4
    Add eggs by hand to dry mix 1 by 1.
  • 5
    Then using an electric mixer on low setting to add the wet mix to egg mix.
  • 6
    Then by hand mix in the carrots and walnuts.
  • 7
    Use some Crisco spray with flour and spray 2 9-inch pans.
  • 8
    Pour batter into the pans.
  • 9
    Cook for about 40 mins or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • 10
    For the icing, mix the butter and cream cheese with electric mixer.
  • 11
    Add powdered sugar little by little.
  • 12
    Once the sugar is in add the pineapple juice and then the vanilla extract.
  • 13
    Once the cake has cooled, ice the cake.
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