FoodIsTherapy is a year old today! ONE YEAR! I can’t believe it! The last year has been an interesting one and I thank you so much for following me along on my journey as a foodie.
So how about we celebrate? Birthdays call for cake and boy oh boy do I have a cake recipe for you! My father in law LOVES carrot cake, so I’ve been on the hunt for a really good recipe…and now my search is over. Seriously. This is the BEST carrot cake I’ve ever had! YUM!!!
Enjoy! And thank you again for your support over the last year – I hope you stick around for the next year (and maybe invite your friends, too)!
The BEST Carrot Cake (believe it or not, this is a Southern Living recipe – that I ever so slightly tweaked!)
- 2 c. all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 3 large eggs
- 2 c. sugar
- 3/4 c. vegetable oil
- 3/4 c. buttermilk
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 c. grated carrot
- 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
- 1 (3 1/2-ounce) flaked coconut
- 1 c. chopped pecans or walnuts
Line 3 (9-inch) round cakepans with wax paper; lightly grease and flour wax paper. Set pans aside.
Stir together first 4 ingredients.
Beat eggs and next 4 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add flour mixture, beating at low speed until blended.
Fold in carrot and next 3 ingredients. Pour batter into prepared cakepans.
Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Drizzle Buttermilk Glaze evenly over layers; cool in pans on wire racks 15 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks. Spread Cream Cheese Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake.
- 1 c. sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 c. buttermilk
- 1/2 c. butter
- 1 TBS light corn syrup
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Bring first 5 ingredients to a boil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Boil, stirring often, 4 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla.
Cream Cheese Frosting
- 3/4 c. butter, softened
- 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 3 c. sifted powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add powdered sugar and vanilla; beat until smooth.