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Southern Style Carrot Cake

Southern Style Carrot Cake


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  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

Carrot Cake

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 3 cups grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 16 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 sticks of butter, room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

Instructions

Carrot Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour three 9″ cake pans
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt and baking soda and set aside
  3. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla extract and canola oil.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir them together using a spatula until combined
  5. Stir in the carrots and raisins
  6. Pour into the three 9″ cake pans and bake for 20-25 minutes
  7. Remove from oven and let cool completely before frosting

Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla extract together until they are fully incorporated
  2. Add the powdered sugar and mix until it is smooth and creamy
  3. When frosting the cake, sprinkle the chopped nuts onto the frosting between the layers