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carrot cake

(6 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Elissa Powers
Pound, VA

I didn't think I liked carrot cake until I figured out how to fix it up to my taste.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This is an incredibly moist carrot cake... largely due to the applesauce. It's a simple cake with no fancy ingredients. The final result is tender, sweet, and fluffy. There is no pineapple or raisins in this recipe. So, those carrot cake non-believers may enjoy this recipe. The pillowy cream cheese frosting is delicious on this carrot cake.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(6 ratings)
method Bake

Ingredients For carrot cake

  • 2 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 2 c
    white sugar
  • 1 tsp
  • 2 tsp
    ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 4
  • 1/2 c
    vegetable oil
  • 1 c
    applesauce, unsweetened
  • 3 c
    grated carrots
  • 1 1/2 c
    walnuts (preferably black)
  • 16 oz
    softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 c
    butter, softened
  • 3 1/2 c
    confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract

How To Make carrot cake

  • Greasing cake pans while oven preheats.
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 9" cake pans.
  • Sugar, flour, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder, oil, and applesauce in a mixing bowl.
    Combine the sugar, flour, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder, oil, and applesauce.
  • Slowly adding the eggs.
    Add in the eggs one at a time with an electric mixer.
  • Folding in carrots and walnuts.
    Stir in the carrots and walnuts by hand.
  • Batter poured into pans and baking in the oven.
    Bake for 40 minutes.
  • Cooling the baked cakes.
    Cool completely before frosting.
  • Prepared frosting in a bowl.
    To make frosting cream the butter and cream cheese together with an electric mixer. Add the confectioners sugar a little at a time. Add the vanilla last.
  • Frosted Carrot Cake.
    Frost the cake.