This incredibly moist carrot cake recipe is made with pineapple, pecans and my ‘Cream Cheese Frosting’. Every bite is bursting with incredible flavor from the pineapple and carrots – both of which add moisture and texture. I also like to add a bit of warming spices – cardamom, cinnamon and nutmeg. Garnish the cake with a bit of my home-made caramel sauce, chopped pecans and orange chocolate garnishes. Carrot cakes have long been synonymous with Easter and this cake is no exception – it’s perfect for the spring time holiday!
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Making the Best Carrot Cake!
Carrot cakes are all about moisture, texture and flavors! The secret is actually a combination of ingredients – canola oil, pineapple and of course, carrots. Using canola oil instead of butter makes for a thinner batter, which makes the cake a bit of dense. The pineapple adds both flavor, texture and moisture into every bite and the grated carrots add a bit of sweetness and texture. The moist texture of this cake means it can stand for longer in the fridge without going dry. If you’re making this cake for Easter, it should be just to make it a few days ahead of time.
The Cream Cheese Frosting
Cream cheese frosting is the perfect frosting choice for any carrot cake recipe! The tangy flavor of the cream cheese goes very well with the textured and moist cake. This particular frosting requires just 5 simple ingredients and it’s so delicious! I have a separate video recipe for this frosting with in-depth details for making it. It’s a great frosting recipe for many different cake and cupcake recipes. Watch it here:
All the Garnishes
I finished the top of this cake off with beautiful dollops of frosting, using French star tip #8; check out my product links below for a set of cake decorating tips that I use. I also added chopped pecans and drizzled some of my home-made caramel sauce, which adds great flavor (check out the video recipe)! For the orange chocolate triangles, I added a bit of powder orange food coloring to white chocolate melts and used my technique for making garnishes, like these.
Enjoyed this classic cake recipe? Check out some of my other classical cakes you’re sure to enjoy!
- Maple Carrot Cake Cupcakes – sweetened with maple syrup, these cupcakes are so delicious, with cream cheese frosting!
- German Chocolate Cake – rich chocolate cake with coconut pecan filling!
- Neapolitan Cake – three layers of cake goodness: strawberry, vanilla and chocolate!
- Pistachio Carrot Cake – this nutty take on the carrot cake is also delicious!
- Cinnamon Roll Cake – epic cinnamon cake inspired by my favorite breakfast! With cinnamon cake layers, dulce de leche and cream cheese frosting!
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This set of jumbo cake decorating tips has all my favorite tips for decorating cakes! Use them with these disposable pastry bags for easy cleanup.
For a smooth finish, use these off-set cake spatulas and this cake scrapper.
I love my classic Ateco turntable for cake decorating – a must for every baker!
I use these aluminum round cake pans for all my cakes.