How to make it

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 13X9 cake pan; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add carrots, oil, and eggs and beat on low speed of an electric mixer until combined. Stir in nuts, if using, and mix well. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 35-40 mins. or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely and frost.
  • To make frosting: In a large mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese and butter to combine. Add vanilla and powdered sugar and beat until smooth and of spreading consistency, adding a few drops of milk, if needed. Spread frosting evenly over the top of cooled cake.
  • Note: Using 2 C. PLUS 4 T. of cake flour makes a lighter textured cake, but both kinds of flour work well. The cake can also made in two 8-inch square pans or two 9-inch round pans (bake 20-25 mins. or until a toothpick inserted in the centers comes out clean). This cake is so easy to make that sometimes I don't bother dragging out my stand mixer and just mix everything together with a whisk. How easy is that?!

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