Carrot Cake Recipe
Written by Sneh Chaudhry on November 25, 2022
FOR THE CAKE
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 large eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
3 cups grated carrots
1 cup pecans, roughly chopped, plus more for garnish
1 cup raisins
FOR THE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
1 (8-oz.) block of cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350° and grease 2 – 8″ round cake pans with cooking spray. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon.
In another large bowl with a hand mixer (or in the bowl of a stand mixer), beat together sugar and oil until well combined. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition, then add vanilla. Mix in dry ingredients until just combined. Stir in carrots, pecans, and raisins.
Divide batter evenly between prepared pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean, 45 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes then invert cakes onto a cooling rack and let cool completely.
Make the frosting: In a large bowl with a hand mixer, beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add vanilla and powdered sugar and beat again until smooth and spreadable consistency.
Frost cake as desired and garnish with pecans.