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Recipe for The Best-Ever Carrot Cake | Almanac.com

The Best-Ever Carrot Cake

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Yield
20 to 24 servings
Course

The Best-Ever Carrot Cake

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The Best-Ever Carrot Cake is moist, rich, and topped with a tasty cream-cheese frosting. We’ve tested this reader recipe, and trust us—it’s aptly named!

Cake

Ingredients
1-3/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 cups lightly packed shredded carrots
1 can (8 ounces) pineapple tidbits, drained
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
Instructions

For cake: Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 13x9-inch baking dish.

Using an electric mixer, beat sugar, oil, and vanilla until just combined. Beat in eggs one at a time on medium speed.

Stir in flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and nutmeg. Add carrots, pineapple, and nuts. Stir until just combined.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 45 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.

Cool completely before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients
6 ounces (3/4 package) cream cheese, softened
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter, softened
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
2 to 2-1/4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
chopped walnuts, for topping (optional)
Instructions

For frosting: Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, butter, orange zest, and confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Adjust the amount of confectioners’ sugar depending on how stiff you like the icing to be.

Frost cake and top with walnuts, if using.