January 2018

Carrot cake recipe

Carrot cake

This truly is the best carrot cake recipe! It’s perfectly delicious and moist, made with lots of fresh carrots, and topped with the most heavenly cream cheese frosting.

Oh hey. Just thought I would casually slide this recipe right here at the top of your feed in time for Easter. Because if you happen to be looking for the world’s best carrot cake recipe to make this weekend — or any delicious day of the year — look no further. hundreds and Hundreds of our readers have agreed over the years that this homemade carrot cake recipe is a hands-down winner!

I mean, I should admit right off that I will forever-and-always be on Team Carrot when it comes to my favorite kind of cake, so I will always be extra-partial to carrot cake in any form (including cupcakes). But because it’s my favorite, I hold extra high standards when it comes to exactly what constitutes the perfect slice.

First off, the perfect homemade carrot cake must always be fluffy and legit extra-moist — no dry cakes allowed. Just enough so that the flavor of all of those fresh carrots can shine through, even though It must also be made with the coziest warming spices. And speaking of fresh carrots, a good carrot cake recipe must include lots of them speckled in every slice. A good carrot cake recipe must be accompanied with a rich and buttery cream cheese frosting in every single bite, even though most importantly. Because in my book, a good moist carrot cake with cream cheese frosting is the ultimate dessert match made in heaven.

The other good news about this recipe? It’s much easier to make than it looks. You can make the entire recipe — both frosting and cake — 100% by hand if you would like. (No mixer required.) You can also save yourself a step and purchase store-bought grated carrots or grate them in the food processor, if you don’t want to grate them by hand. And if you’ve never made a three-layer cake before, have no fear — it’s easier than it looks, and I’ve added a brand new video below to walk you through each step of the way.

Alright, let’s make some carrot cake together!

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Homemade Carrot Cake Ingredients:

Alright, let’s make our shopping list! To make this homemade carrot cake recipe, you will need:

How To Make Carrot Cake:

To make this homemade carrot cake recipe, simply:

  1. Prep your baking pans. Grease and flour three 8-inch round baking pans. (Or save yourself a step and just use baking spray, which already includes flour.)
  2. Make the cake batter. Mix together the sugars and oil, followed by the eggs and vanilla, then the dry ingredients, and then the shredded carrots.
  3. Fill and bake. Portion the batter evenly into your three baking pans. Bake for about 25-30 minutes. Alternatively, until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cakes comes out clean. Remove the cakes from the oven and let them cool on a wire baking rack until they reach room temperature. Meanwhile…
  4. Make the frosting. See notes below.
  5. Assemble and frost the cake. Once the cakes reach room temperature,* use a cake leveler or a bread knife to slice off the rounded tops of the cakes so that they are completely flat on top. Place the first cake on your serving platter, add a large scoop of frosting on top of it, and spread the frosting so that it covers the cake evenly and extends a bit over the edges. Repeat with the second and third layers of the cake. Then use the remainder of the frosting to frost all around the side edges of the cake.
  6. enjoy and Serve. Then once you’re ready to serve the cake, slice it up and enjoy!

*I find that it’s easier to frost the cakes when they are slightly chilled. So I recommend popping them in the fridge for 15 minutes before frosting if you have the time.

How To Make Cream Cheese Frosting:

This dreamy cream cheese frosting recipe can either be made by hand in a mixing bowl or in a stand mixer — you choose! Just be sure that both the cream cheese and butter are both room temperature. If you want your frosting to be super-smooth, I also recommend sifting the powdered sugar in advance.)

To make cream cheese frosting, simply stir the cream cheese and butter together with the vanilla until completely smooth, (And. Then add in however much powdered sugar you need to reach your desired consistency — about six cups, more or less.

Carrot Cake Variations:

If you would like to customize your carrot cake, feel free to:

More Carrot Recipes:

Looking for more delicious sweet carrot recipes? Here are a few of my faves!

Carrot cake

Carrot cake

This truly is the best carrot cake recipe! It’s perfectly delicious and moist, made with lots of fresh carrots, and topped with the most heavenly cream cheese frosting.

Oh hey. Just thought I would casually slide this recipe right here at the top of your feed in time for Easter. Because if you happen to be looking for the world’s best carrot cake recipe to make this weekend — or any delicious day of the year — look no further. hundreds and Hundreds of our readers have agreed over the years that this homemade carrot cake recipe is a hands-down winner!

I mean, I should admit right off that I will forever-and-always be on Team Carrot when it comes to my favorite kind of cake, so I will always be extra-partial to carrot cake in any form (including cupcakes). I hold extra high standards when it comes to exactly what constitutes the perfect slice, but because it’s my favorite.

First off, the perfect homemade carrot cake must always be fluffy and legit extra-moist — no dry cakes allowed. Just enough so that the flavor of all of those fresh carrots can shine through, though It must also be made with the coziest warming spices. And speaking of fresh carrots, a good carrot cake recipe must include lots of them speckled in every slice. A good carrot cake recipe must be accompanied with a rich and buttery cream cheese frosting in every single bite, though most importantly. Because in my book, a good moist carrot cake with cream cheese frosting is the ultimate dessert match made in heaven.

The other good news about this recipe? It’s much easier to make than it looks. You can make the entire recipe — both frosting and cake — 100% by hand if you would like. If you don’t want to grate them by hand, (No mixer required.) You can also save yourself a purchase and step store-bought grated carrots or grate them in the food processor. And if you’ve never made a three-layer cake before, have no fear — it’s easier than it looks, and I’ve added a brand new video below to walk you through each step of the way.

Alright, let’s make some carrot cake together!

The BEST Carrot Cake Recipe | 1-Minute V >

Homemade Carrot Cake Ingredients:

Alright, let’s make our shopping list! To make this homemade carrot cake recipe, you will need:

How To Make Carrot Cake:

To make this homemade carrot cake recipe, simply:

  1. Prep your baking pans. Grease and flour three 8-inch round baking pans. (Or save yourself a step and just use baking spray, which already includes flour.)
  2. Make the cake batter. Mix together the sugars and oil, followed by the eggs and vanilla, then the dry ingredients, and then the shredded carrots.
  3. Fill and bake. Portion the batter evenly into your three baking pans. Bake for about 25-30 minutes. Alternatively, until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cakes comes out clean. Remove the cakes from the oven and let them cool on a wire baking rack until they reach room temperature. Meanwhile…
  4. Make the frosting. See notes below.
  5. Assemble and frost the cake. Once the cakes reach room temperature,* use a cake leveler or a bread knife to slice off the rounded tops of the cakes so that they are completely flat on top. Place the first cake on your serving platter, add a large scoop of frosting on top of it, and spread the frosting so that it covers the cake evenly and extends a bit over the edges. Repeat with the second and third layers of the cake. Then use the remainder of the frosting to frost all around the side edges of the cake.
  6. Serve and enjoy. Then once you’re ready to serve the cake, slice it up and enjoy!

*I find that it’s easier to frost the cakes when they are slightly chilled. So, before frosting if you have the time, i recommend popping them in the fridge for 15 minutes.

How To Make Cream Cheese Frosting:

This dreamy cream cheese frosting recipe can either be made by hand in a mixing bowl or in a stand mixer — you choose! Just be sure that both the cream butter and cheese are both room temperature. (And if you want your frosting to be super-smooth, I also recommend sifting the powdered sugar in advance.)

To make cream cheese frosting, simply stir the cream cheese and butter together with the vanilla until completely smooth. Then add in however much powdered sugar you need to reach your desired consistency — about six cups, more or less.

Carrot Cake Variations:

If you would like to customize your carrot cake, feel free to:

More Carrot Recipes:

Looking for more delicious sweet carrot recipes? Here are a few of my faves!

Butternut squash soup

Butternut squash soup

Learn how to cut a butternut squash safely with this step-by-step tutorial (video included).

It’s butternut squash season again! I thought we could all use a quick refresher this season on how to cut butternut squash…the safe way,

And because I care about us and our sanity and the preservation of all ten of our precious fingers.

Because let’s be real, as delicious as butternut squash may be, it is approximately zero fun to cut and peel. And if done the wrong way, it can put the safety of those fingers holding the squash in serious jeopardy. But if done the right way, I promise that you can peel and cut butternut squash much more easily, quickly and safely. And before you know it, you will be cooking it up in no time.

So let’s get to it! Here are my best tips for how to store, select, cook, peel and cut butternut squash!

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How To Select A Ripe Butternut Squash:

When shopping for a ripe butternut squash, in general you want to look for a squash that is…

How To Soften Butternut Squash Skin:

The skin on butternut squash is notoriously tough and difficult to peel. So, just use a fork or paring knife to poke holes all over the skin of the squash if you would like to soften the skin a bit before peeling your butternut squash. Then pop it in the microwave for 2 minutes, remove, and proceed onward with peeling the squash.

How To Peel Butternut Squash:

I highly recommend using a good-quality sharp peeler to peel butternut squash. I prefer using a Y peeler, but a swivel peeler would also work. That said, if you do not own a peeler, you can halve the squash horizontally (see photos below), place the cut side down on a flat surface, and then use a knife to vertically slice off the peel.

How To Cook Butternut Squash:

There are actually lots of great options for how to cook butternut squash, such as…

How To Store Butternut Squash:

Fresh (whole) butternut squash should be stored in a cool, dark place in order to prevent ripening. Depending on its ripeness when purchased, fresh butternut squash should last for 1-3 months.

Uncooked (diced) butternut squash can be refrigerated in a sealed container for up to 3 days. Or to freeze diced uncooked butternut squash, spread it out on a parchment-covered baking sheet in an even layer (no overlapping). Then freeze on the baking sheet for 3-4 hours, or until frozen. Remove the baking sheet, and transfer the diced squash into a freezer bag or storage container, then freeze for up to 3 months.

Cooked (diced or mashed) butternut squash can be refrigerated in a sealed container for up to 3 days. Or to freeze diced cooked butternut squash, spread it out on a parchment-covered baking sheet in an even layer (no overlapping). Then freeze on the baking sheet for 3-4 hours, or until frozen. Remove the baking sheet, and transfer the diced squash into a freezer bag or storage container, then freeze for up to 3 months.

Butternut Squash Recipes:

Looking for some butternut squash recipe inspiration? Here are some of my faves!

Butternut squash

Butternut squash recipes

Wondering how to cook butternut squash? Don’t be intimidated! It’s a lot easier to peel, cut and roast butternut squash than it seems! Learn how with step-by-step instructions here.

And spoiler: there’s only 3 steps! You’ll be making butternut squash recipes in no time — like these butternut squash buddha bowls or this roasted butternut squash kale salad or this spicy butternut squash soup. YUM.

Butternut Squash is Your Friend

Let’s talk all things butternut squash! We get questions about this ALLL the time. Everything from how to cook butternut squash, to how to peel butternut squash, to how to cut butternut squash. Are really intimidated by how to prepare it, even though it’s clear that you guys LOVE the flavor of butternut squash.

Trust us, we were there too! So we thought we’d break this down for ya step-by-step. You’ll be on your way to delicious butternut squash success in no time at all.

3 Easy Steps to Butternut Goodness

All you need for this recipe is a sharp knife, uncooked butternut squash, olivesalt and oil, and pepper! I listed sharp knife as the first ingredient because this is VERY important. While there are many ways to cut butternut squash and cook with butternut squash, this recipe has you chop your squash pre-roasting.

I like to chop before I roast for many reasons, but mostly because I like my squash to be perfectly cooked on the inside and a little golden brown and crispy on the outside. I don’t LOVE squash when it’s super squishy and I’ve found the best texture by using this method here. Let’s get into it:

Okay, so first things first, you are going to want to peel the skin off your butternut squash. You can use a simple vegetable peeler or knife for this. We prefer a vegetable peeler for safety reasons and have found that it’s relatively easy to get in a groove peeling around the squash and removing the perfect amount of butternut squash skin without wasting some of the delicious squash.

Next is the hardest part, cutting that sucker in half. You’re going to need to use some elbow power for this and don’t be afraid to give it all your might! Once cut in half (long ways, so the sides mirror each other) you can remove all of the seeds from the inside. Feel free to rinse and save these seeds! They are super tasty when baked in the oven like pumpkin seeds.

From here you can cube away! The one thing to make sure of when dicing up your butternut squash is the size of your cubes. Try and get them all around the same size, though you can cut them to your preference. That way, they will cook evenly.

Once that bad boy is cut into cubes, it’s time to oil them up with some olive oil (or any oil of your preference) and season them up! My rule of thumb is starting with salt and pepper and then deviate from there depending on what you’re making and what flavor you’re looking for!

In these photos specifically, we used a little cumin and cinnamon #yesplease, but feel free to get creative! Great flavor inspo:

From there you throw the pan in the oven and roast away! I like to toss the butternut squash cubes half way through the bake time, so that everything bakes evenly and the edges of your roasted butternut squash are golden brown and a bit crispy.

More Butternut Squash Recipes

How to Roast Butternut Squash

Wondering how to cook butternut squash? Don’t be intimidated! It’s a lot easier to peel, roast and cut butternut squash than it seems! Learn how with step-by-step instructions here.