There was a time I even thought having carrot cake at a birthday party was insulting to the guests. Hello?! Chocolate and Vanilla are universally accepted as appropriate birthday cakes! ANYWAYS.. this is the first ever carrot cake I've made. I called my Grandmother for the recipe. It is actually pretty good, and very easy. It's moist, sweet, and the icing... well, that is of course the best part.
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 cups grated carrots
Preheat oven to 350F
Mix together the sugar, oil and eggs in a large bowl. In another bowl sift together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Add to first mixture and combine. Then add those carrots and mix well. Pour into a greased and floured 9" round pan and bake at 350F until done. 25-40 minutes.. depending on the pan you use. I used the round so I could make this a layerd cake! Cool completely.
For the frosting.. I'm just using my go-to recipe for Cream Cheese Vanilla Frosting with a slight variation..
1 stick regular unsalted butter (maybe a little more)
1 8 oz package of cream cheese ( I had a tub and probably used closer to 10 or 11 oz. I needed ALOT of frosting)
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla or go crazy and use a real vanilla bean (it's so much tastier)
1 cup pecans chopped finely
option: Add a little cinnamon. I didn't want to overkill with the cinnamon since I'm not a fan.
In large bowl, cream together butter and cream cheese until they reach an even consistency. Add sugar and vanilla and blend, then mix in the nuts. Spread on cooled carrot cake.
I have to admit.. it is pretty darn tasty.
and stole bits of the frosting throughout the whole process!
Oh and I LOVE it!