Perfect Carrot Cake, a wonderfully moist spiced cake with a delicious orange-flavored frosting. Make a cake or cupcakes. You choose! This Carrot Cake is perfect in every way. You only have to look at the ingredients to see that it will be a moist, full flavored cake, and have that wonderful aroma that a good carrot cake has from those lovely spices.

Perfect Carrot Cake - A wonderful moist cake with a delicious orange flavored frosting. Very popular! Make yourself a cup of tea and enjoy a slice or two! Make a cake or cupcakes. You choose!

Ashleigh has also used this recipe many times to make cupcakes.
The frosting used takes this cake to the next level, with the use of fresh orange zest, what more could you ask for!
Ashleigh is a baker and is well on her way to making a successful career from baking her wonderful cakes, and Lovefoodies are very proud to be able to showcase some of Ashleigh's creations.

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

30 - 45  minutes

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Yield

12 servings

You will need

3 round 8 inch / 20 cm cake pans

Perfect Carrot Cake, a wonderfully moist spiced cake with a delicious orange-flavored frosting. Make a cake or cupcakes. You choose! Easy recipe

INGREDIENTS

THE CAKE BATTER

450 g or 2 & 2/3 cups Peeled & finely grated carrots
2 Tbsp Peeled & grated root ginger
80 ml or 1//3 cup Buttermilk
3 Large Eggs
1 Tsp Vanilla Essence
350 ml or 1 & 1/2 cups vegetable Oil
420 g or 2 cups Caster Sugar (fine sugar/ cake sugar)
80 g Pecans, roasted & chopped.
500 g or 4 cups All Purpose Plain Flour
2 Tsp baking Powder
1 Tsp Salt
1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
1 tsp Ground cinnamon
1 tsp Ground ginger

THE FROSTING

100 g or 1/2 cup unsalted butter
600 g or 5 cups powdered sugar
1 Tablespoon Finely grated orange zest
250 g or 8 oz packet full fat cream cheese

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Line 3 x 8 inch round pans. Preheat oven to 170 C / 325 F / Gas 3
2. Mix together the first 7 ingredients until well combined.

3. Sift the flour, baking powder, soda, salt and spices

4. Add to the carrot mixture 1/3 at a time. When combined, divide the mixture equally into the 3 cake pans.

5. Bake in the oven until spongy to touch and clean toothpick test.

6. It should take around 45 minutes, but keep checking after it has been cooking for 30 minutes. All ovens are different. If making cupcakes, bake for approx 20 minutes.

Make the frosting

1. Mix together the butter & powdered sugar until combined.

2. Add the orange zest & cream cheese and mix until light and fluffy.

Build the cake

When the cake has cooled completely, sandwich together the cakes with layers of frosting between and then completely cover the outside of the cake, and ENJOY!

Perfect Carrot Cake - A wonderful moist cake with a delicious orange flavored frosting. Very popular! Make yourself a cup of tea and enjoy a slice or two! Make a cake or cupcakes. You choose!

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Perfect Carrot Cake - A wonderful moist cake with a delicious orange flavored frosting. Very popular! Make yourself a cup of tea and enjoy a slice or two! Make a cake or cupcakes. You choose!

Perfect Carrot Cake

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Perfect Carrot Cake, a wonderfully moist spiced cake with a delicious orange-flavored frosting. Make a cake or cupcakes. You choose! Easy recipe

Ingredients

THE CAKE BATTER

  • 450 g or 2 & 2/3 cups Peeled & finely grated carrots
  • 2 Tbsp Peeled & grated root ginger
  • 80 ml or 1//3 cup Buttermilk
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Essence
  • 350 ml or 1 & 1/2 cups vegetable Oil
  • 420 g or 2 cups Caster Sugar, fine sugar/ cake sugar
  • 80 g Pecans, roasted & chopped.
  • 500 g or 4 cups All Purpose Plain Flour
  • 2 Tsp baking Powder
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 1 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Ground ginger

THE FROSTING

  • 100 g or 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 600 g or 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Finely grated orange zest
  • 250 g or 8 oz packet full fat cream cheese

Instructions

  1. Line 3 x 8 inch round pans. Preheat oven to 170 C / 325 F / Gas 3
  2. Mix together the first 7 ingredients until well combined.
  3. Sift the flour, baking powder, soda, salt and spices
  4. Add to the carrot mixture 1/3 at a time. When combined, divide the mixture equally into the 3 cake pans
  5. Bake in the oven until spongy to touch and clean toothpick test.
  6. It should take around 45 minutes, but keep checking after it has been cooking for 30 minutes. All ovens are different. If making cupcakes, bake for approx 20 minutes.

Frosting

  1. Mix together the butter & powdered sugar until combined.
  2. Add the orange zest & cream cheese and mix until light and fluffy.

Build the cake.

  1. When the cake has cooled completely, sandwich together the cakes with layers of frosting between and then completely cover the outside of the cake, and ENJOY!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 774Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 392mgCarbohydrates: 119gFiber: 2gSugar: 83gProtein: 8g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate

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    1. Hi Ingrid, yes, salt should be used in baking cakes, I often use it in my own cakes. There is already 1 teaspoon of salt listed in the ingredients for this size of cake. (It is just above the bicarbonate of soda listing). I hope this helps!
      Thank you!