Easter is almost upon us, and that means it’s time to make Carrot Cake! I think the Easter Bunny herself/himself would enjoy this amazingly delicious Carrot Cake with Caramel Spiced Pecans…Santa gets cookies, so I’m thinking the Easter Bunny gets Carrot Cake, just sayin’. The spices in the cake and from the pecans are perfectly complimented by the cream cheese buttercream frosting, plus, you get the wonderful crunch from the pecans!
Truth be told, I have been a little busy lately and decided to make a Petite version of Carrot Cake (aka using one bowl to make the batter and only making one layer) and then after making the cake and frosting it, I looked over to see a bowl of Caramel Spiced Pecans that I had made and added them as a topping and this marvelously delicious take on Carrot Cake was born.
- -For the cake-
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp cardamom
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 2 1/2 large carrots shredded
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- -For the Frosting-
- 8 oz cream cheese at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1 Cup Caramel Spiced Pecans-
- Preheat oven to 350. To make the cake simply put all the dry ingredients in a bowl, then shred the carrots into the bowl, mix, then add the eggs and oil and stir. Spray a springform pan with cooking spray, spread the cake batter evenly and bake for 30 min. Remove from oven, allow to cool before frosting.
- For the frosting make sure the cream cheese is at room temperature (otherwise you'll get clumps in the frosting) then beat it with a hand mixer with the vanilla until smooth, then add in the confectioners' sugar and beat until everything is combined.
- Spread the frosting over the cake, then sprinkle with the pecans and enjoy!
Update: I made this cake again for Easter a year later and doubled the recipe to make it a two layer cake
And I took some pictures of a really cool way my mother cuts cake. She cuts a circle in the middle of the cake and then cuts little pieces around it. This method of cutting allows for uniform pieces of cake and allows one to get many more pieces of cake