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Best-Ever Carrot cake recipe with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Best-Ever Carrot cake recipe with Cream Cheese Frosting

I bet you have known carrot cake pretty much since you were born. And that is because it has been around for centuries now, there is even a carrot cake recipe dating November 25, 1783. This carrot cake was served to George Washington according to  Molly O’Neill on her book New York Cookbook (1992).

I grew up knowing carrot cake and cream cheese frosting like the best “couple”.

I mean, my head can not imagine pairing carrot cake with any other frosting, I even see the carrot cake slice decorated with the cream cheese and a little carrot made with the same frosting.

 

Behind the cake - Carrot cake cupcakes frosted with cream cheese and decorated with a fondant fall leaf

 

 

This thing is addictive!

 

What I like the most about this recipe beside the cinnamon flavor is the combination of textures, you have the long shredded carrots, the coconut and my favorite the pecans. Pecans are my favorite because you get crunchy pieces that adds an interesting twist to the cake texture when you are chewing. Gotta love the nutty flavor!



I just make this cake on special occasions like my dad’s birthday or father’s day….do I have to say it is  my Dad’s favorite cake!

I tell you it is addictive, even my sister that she is not thrilled about the raisins still eats piece after piece (before she eats it she pokes all raisins out). And me, well I just eat it the way it is, raisins and all.

 

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Behind the cake - Carrot cake cupcakes frosted with cream cheese and decorated with a fondant fall leaf

 

The beauty of this recipe is that it can be used for cake or cupcakes. Cupcakes when I want a quick grab and go “muffin” for breakfast and cake when we are celebrating a birthday.

Have you done a carrot cake as part of the Thanksgiving dessert repertoire? I think it would be a great option to have these for Thanksgiving day (with fall decorative liners ) or as a grab and go breakfast for black Friday shopping time.

Do you still go to the stores during black Friday or you just buy online?

Well here is the video on how to make carrot cake from scratch and keep scrolling to get the recipes!

Do you prefer apples? Check this cranberry apple cake with brown sugar buttercream.

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Words of encouragement:

“Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Love you!

 

 

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Behind the cake - Carrot cake cupcakes frosted with cream cheese and decorated with a fondant fall leaf

Easy Cream Cheese frosting

Rich, sweet and tangy cream cheese frosting to use on carrot cake or any other dessert that calls for cream cheese frosting.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Cream Cheese Frosting
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 5 Cups
Calories 3750 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 Cup Cream Cheese full fat
  • 4 Cups Powder Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract

Instructions

  1. In a clean bowl cream the butter and the cream cheese together, until fluffy and no pieces of butter or cream cheese are visible.
  2. Add the sugar in two parts. Mixing half of the sugar until is well combined, then add the second half until well combined.
  3. Add the lemon juice, vanilla extract and mix all together. You can add more lemon juice if you like, as long as the frosting is not soft.
  4. Use the frosting inmidietly or store in the fridge until you need to use it ( give it 20 min to thaw before using it)

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Easy Cream Cheese frosting
Amount Per Serving (2508 g)
Calories 3750
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Best Carrot Cake Recipe
This is the best carrot cake ever, full of cinnamon, coconut, pecan and pineapple flavors.
Behind the cake - Carrot cake cupcakes frosted with cream cheese and decorated with a fondant fall leaf
Course Cake, Dessert
Cuisine Cake, Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
Cupcakes
Ingredients
Course Cake, Dessert
Cuisine Cake, Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
Cupcakes
Ingredients
Behind the cake - Carrot cake cupcakes frosted with cream cheese and decorated with a fondant fall leaf
Instructions
  1. In a bowl mix the sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  2. Add the eggs and oil to the dry ingredients and mix all together.
  3. Mix in the carrots, drained pineapple, coconut, pecans and raisins until well incorporated.
  4. Pour the batter into the cupcake liners.
  5. Bake at 350°F fro 20 minutes
  6. Let cupcakes cool for 15 minutes.
  7. Decorate with cream cheese frosting.
Recipe Notes

*For a cake pour the batter into two 8 inch round cakes and bake at 350°F for 40 - 45 minutes.
*You can omit the raisins if you don't like them.

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Easy Cream Cheese Frosting
Rich and creamy frosting with a mouthwatering flavor. Perfect combination to enjoy with any cake or even with a soft pretzel or bagel.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dessert, Frosting
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
Frost 24 cupcakes
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dessert, Frosting
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
Frost 24 cupcakes
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. On a mixing bowl cream the butter and cream cheese until there is no lumps.
  2. Once it is well mixed add the powder sugar and start mixing on a slow setting for 1 minute.
  3. Increase the speed until sugar is well combined.
  4. Add the lemon juice and the vanilla extract and keep on mixing until it is well incorporated.
Recipe Notes

*You can adjust the flavor to your liking.
*Add more powder sugar if you want a the frosting to be stiff.

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