The Captain’s favorite cake is Carrot Cake…in fact the Groom’s cake at our wedding was carrot cake.
The recipe below is a hit with him….and I make it frequently. The pineapple keeps it moist. Sometimes I make the cake in a 9X13 deep rectangle cake pan and sometimes I make it in deep layers that I make into a four layer cake. Same amount of cake, it just looks more decadent. 😉
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 3 large eggs
- 2 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups grated carrot
- 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
- 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, plus 1 cup of finely chopped pecans for the side of the cake
- Cream Cheese Frosting
- Line 2 (9-inch) round cakepans with wax paper; lightly grease and flour wax paper.
- Set pans aside.
- Stir together flour, soda, salt and cinnamon and set aside.
- Beat eggs, sugar, oil, buttermilk, and vanilla at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add flour mixture, beating at low speed until blended.
- Fold in carrot and pineapple.
- Pour batter into prepared cakepans.
- Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
- Cool for 15 minutes in the cake pans.
- Remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.
- After cakes have cooled completely, slice through each layer using a serrated knife, resulting in 4 layers.
- Spread Cream Cheese Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake.
- With your hands press finely chopped pecans into the frosting on the sides of the cake.
- Decorate the top if desired. I used the tubes of orange frosting and green frosting to resemble carrots and a leaf on the top of the cake. I also placed pecan halves in strategic places on the cake. (Some of the carrots actually look like carrots and some do not) 😉 But that is ok...it is the taste that counts!
- You can make this cake with only two layers if desired. It is your cake, decorate as you wish.
- I used canned cream cheese frosting for this particular cake...but if you would like to make your own cream cheese frosting, please check my recipes under pies, cakes and bars.