Spicy and lush this carrot cake is filled with roasted walnuts, salted caramel, and pineapple then enrobed in a tangy cream cheese frosting
Look at those layers. The frosting to cake ratio, its just on point, in my humble opinion!
Carrot cake is just such a health decision, carrots= veggies, walnuts= heart healthy. We won’t mention the cream cheese, butter and sugar. Or the salted caramel I just needed to add.
I made this on Easter and it was a huge hit, we had 13 desserts at the table and this along with the Espresso Cheesecake took the biggest hits. The best part was leftovers for a treat at work. This cake is so spicy and moist, the cream cheese tang, the crunchy roasted walnuts and the salted caramel.
While you could totally add raisins, I am not a fan. When it comes to baking, raisins have always been wanna be chocolate chips. And of course I will always take chocolate chips. Used to tell people I was allergic to raisins to ensure I always got the chocolate chip cookie. I was a naughty kid!
I have made this cake with walnuts and pecans, I personally love both and will just use whatever I have on hand. To me, pineapple always its a great addition to carrot cake so I always add some!
- 240 Grams AP Flour
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 250 Grams (1 1/4 cup) Brown Sugar
- 6oz Vegetable oil
- 3 large eggs, at room temp.
- 2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
- 2 ⅔ Cups shredded carrots (3 large carrots)
- 4oz (1/2 Cup) Crushed Pineapple, drained
- 8oz Chopped Toasted Pecans (pre toast them in oven for 10 minutes)
- 1/2 cup Homemade Salted Caramel or store bought salted caramel
- Preheat oven to 350F and grease a 18 X 13 inch baking sheet. Then line the baking sheet with parchment and grease the parchment.
- In a large bowl whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt together in large bowl.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer with the whisk attachment add the sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla together until mixture is smooth. Fold in the carrots and pineapple. Gently fold in the flour mixture until just combined.
- Pour batter into prepared pan, smooth so even. Bake until center of cake is firm to touch, 15 to 18 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack. Then invert cake peeling off the parchment paper. Let cake cool completely, make frosting now.
Cream Cheese Frosting
- In the bowl of an electric mixer beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add in butter and beat for another minute. Add powdered sugar, buttermilk powder, vanilla bean paste and heavy cream. Beat on low at first then once powdered sugar is combined beat on high for 3 minutes.
- Using sharp serrated knife, cut cake in half crosswise and then lengthwise to make 4 equal rectangles, about 6 by 8 inches each.
- Place first piece of cake on a cake board. Brush on a thin even layer of salted caramel. Place 1/2 cup of frosting on layer spreading evenly then repeat until you end with the last cake on top. Use remaining frosting to frost the cake. Drizzle salted caramel on top and place toasted pecans on and around cake. Store in fridge.
Recipe Adapted from Cooks Illustrated
This week I leave on my Euro Trip baby!!! I am so excited and so blessed to be able to visit my family in England again AND go on a cruise around the Mediterranean. Does life get much better? I think NOT!
Needless to say this week I am running around like a chicken with my head cut off. There is never enough time in the day. But that’s okay because come Thursday night I will be on a plane headed to London. Whenever we are in London we HAVE to go to Ben’s Cookies. We are those obnoxious people that buy loads of cookies. Everyone else buys one and then there is us…. “Can I have two of those, three of those and let me take 4 of those ones” LOL oops. We’re on holiday so calories don’t count. But when your holiday lasts as long as mine that is probably not the best motto… YOLO
Back at home I have been trying to not splurge as much…but then things like this happen and how can I not?
I’ve also been trying to use up alot of my ingredients, insert Pineapple Tidbits from Trader Joes. I had a half open bag I wanted to get rid of so I thought to myself why not throw it in banana bread?! I love how moist and delicious pineapple is in carrot cake. So I added it. And BAM! I loved it. What a wonderful flavor.
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 2 eggs, at room temp.
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 bananas, smashed
- 1 cup pineapple tidbits
- 1 6oz Chobani greek yogurt individual size container (banana, pineapple or plain flavor)
- Preheat oven to 350F and heavily grease a 9X5 baking loaf pan.
- In a large bowl combine melted butter and sugars. Mix in vanilla and eggs until combined. Add in flour, baking soda and salt mixing until just combined. Fold in bananas, pineapple tidbits and greek yogurt Pour into pan and bake for 65-70 minutes, stick a knife in the middle to test for wet batter. Let cool on wire rack and enjoy 🙂
I kinda have a thing for banana bread…
Oat Flour Banana Bread
Bananas Foster Banana Bread
Cookie Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
Strawberry Banana Bread