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Carrot Cake with Nuts
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Carrot Cake with Nuts

This easy Carrot Cake recipe is layer after layer of moist cake with a homemade cream cheese frosting in between. We incorporated chopped pecans for a crunchy, tasty addition.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best recipes for carrot cake, carrot cake recipe
Servings: 12 people
Author: Jill


Carrot Cake Ingredients

  • 4 C sugar
  • 2 C canola oil
  • 8 large eggs
  • 4 C flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 C shredded carrots
  • 1 C chopped pecans
  • 3 round 9inch cake pans
  • 1 10 in round cake boards

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients

  • ½ C unsalted butter softened
  • 1 - 8 oz block cream cheese softened
  • 4 C powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla
  • 4 C Chopped pecans


Carrot Cake Directions

  • Spray the cake pans with pam baking spray and set aside
  • Using a standing mixer, mix until combined the sugar, oil and eggs
  • Mix in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon until combined
  • Fold in the shredded carrots and 1 C pecan chips
  • Divide the batter between the three cake pans
  • Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes
  • Allow cake to cool completely on a wire rack

Cream Cheese Directions

  • Using a standing mixer, beat together the butter and cream cheese
  • Gradually beat in the powdered sugar and vanilla until combined and smooth
  • Building and decorating directions
  • Cut off the domes of the cake and crumble into a bowl, set aside
  • Place the first layer of the cake onto a 10inch round cake board
  • Scoop  1 C of frosting into the piping bag
  • Scoop 1 C of frosting onto the first cake layer
  • Smooth evenly
  • Place the second cake layer on top of the first layer of frosting
  • Scoop another cup of frosting onto the second cake layer and smooth evenly
  • Place the last cake layer on top
  • Using the remaining frosting, frost entire cake
  • Using the chopped pecans, coat the entire cake
  • Sprinkle some of the chopped pecans on top around the edge
  • Cut and enjoy!