Big's Carrot Cake

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by bigmike&nan, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. bigmike&nan

    bigmike&nan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Always a hit at Casa Big, try this simple but devastatingly good cake.

    Mis en Place

    2 cups sugar
    1 cup canola oil
    4 large eggs
    2 cups all purpose flour
    2 teaspoons baking soda
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1 teaspoon ground ginger
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    4 cups finely grated peeled carrots
    1 cup walnuts, toasted, chopped

    1 1/2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
    1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
    2 cups powdered sugar
    1 Tsp vanilla extract
    Zest of one orange, finely chopped

    1 cup chopped pistachios
    1 cup chopped macadamia nuts


    Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F. Butter and flour two 9-inch-diameter cake pans with 1 1/2-inch-high sides. Using electric mixer, beat sugar, oil and eggs in large bowl until well blended. Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt; beat until blended. Stir in carrots and walnuts. Divide batter between pans.
    Bake cakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 32 minutes. Cool cakes in pans on rack 15 minutes. Run small knife between pan sides and cakes to loosen. Turn cakes out onto racks; cool completely. Place 1 cake layer, flat side up, on platter.

    Combine cream cheese, softened butter in mixer and cream at medium speed until homogonous, add orange zest and vanilla extract and mix at meduim 30 seconds. Stop mixer, add powdered sugar and mix at low for 20 seconds, then turn up to medium 20 seconds, then high for 1 minute. Place on cake on cake plate, spread 1 cup icing over it. Top with second cake layer, flat side down. Spread remaining icing over top and sides of cake. Carefully garnish top and sides with the chopped pistachios and macadamia nuts. Refrigerate cake 1 hour or up to 1 day. Serve at room temperature.


    Amazing how you can really doll up a cake if you have a pastry bag with a star tip on it...

  2. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    [​IMG] sounds good. I'll have to try it.
  3. toletiquesbysam

    toletiquesbysam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2008
    Bigmike- You just keep those recipes coming!!! [​IMG]
    That looks like a great cake and I will for sure try it, those pistachio/macadamia nuts over the frosting are something I wouldn't have thought of!!!
    Thanks Again!!!
  4. halo

    halo Got The Blues

    Nov 22, 2007
    My Coop
    What a fabulously gorgeous easy cake! On my "to do and get fat" list.

    Oh, what are those doo dads in the muffin tins??
  5. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
  6. cackle

    cackle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    Looks good. Carrots cake is one of my all time favorites.
  7. animalsRawesome

    animalsRawesome Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2011
    I made this frosting today for another cake that I was making and it turned out great. Thanks!

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