The Best Ever Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting


This truly is the BEST Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting I’ve ever had! Moist, fluffy cake flavored with lots of spice topped with a lusciously creamy orange-spiked cream cheese icing.


And I have to admit… I REALLY liked this cake. I mean, it was close to feelings of love, for sure… but I don’t want to jump the gun just yet. I’d prefer to let our newfound relationship develop slowly, like a fine wine. Let us become good friends first and then go down the road of love. Ya feel me?
But – I really, really liked this cake. A lot. And I KNOW you will too, especially if you like carrot cake!
Now I know I say I don’t like carrot cake but I have tried it multiple times and I am confident in saying now that this truly is the BEST carrot cake recipe I’ve had. It is so supremely moist and fluffy, studded with carrots, pecans, and pineapple for extra zing and flavor. And the orange-spiked cream cheese frosting is heaven, y’all. The perfect accompaniment to this fabulous cake!

The Best Ever Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This carrot cake recipe truly is the BEST carrot cake I've ever had and converted me into becoming a carrot cake lover! So supremely moist, fluffy and delicious. Add or omit mix-ins to suit your preference, but this cake has pineapple and pecans which give it ample flavor.

Ingredients
  • One 8-ounce can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ⅛th tsp ground cloves
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (may substitute walnuts)
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • (If you want raisins, add ¾ - 1 cup of raisins, optional)
  • FOR THE FROSTING:
  • One 8-ounce pkg cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp orange juice
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 3 - 3 & ½ cups powdered sugar
  • Additional chopped pecans for garnish, optional.

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 9x13" rectangular baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the pineapple and eggs until combined. Whisk in the sugars, oil, and vanilla, followed by the dry ingredients until a cohesive batter comes together. Fold in the pecans, carrots, and raisins (if using) until combined.
  3. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan and bake for approximately 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Cool completely.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until combined and fluffy, about 1 minute. Beat in the orange juice and gradually add in the powdered sugar, about one cup at a time, until mixture is light and fluffy, streaming in the heavy cream as needed.
  5. Spread the frosting evenly over the cake and sprinkle with remaining chopped pecans, if using. Store covered in the fridge.


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