The Best Moist Carrot Cake - EXTRA moist because the cake gets drizzled with sweet glaze while it's still warm then piled high with cream cheese frosting.
Prep Time25 minutesmins
Cook Time40 minutesmins
Chill Time2 hourshrs
Total Time3 hourshrs5 minutesmins
Keyword: best carrot cake recipe, carrot cake, how to make carrot cake
Author: Amanda Finks
2 1/2cupsgrated carrots
1(8 oz.) cancrushed pineapple
2 1/2cupsall-purpose flour
Sweet Orange Glaze
Cream Cheese Frosting
12oz. (1 1/2 packages) cream cheese-room temperature
12tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter-room temperature
Prepare the cake.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two 9-inch round cake pans with parchment paper. Liberally grease the sides of the pans with butter.
Add the sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla to a large mixing bowl. Whisk until smooth. Add the carrots and crushed pineapple (with its juice). Whisk until combined.
In a separate bowl, add the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Mix well. Add the raisins to the flour mixture. Stir until coated with flour.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Stir until just combined and no dry flour remains, trying not to over mix.
Divide the batter evenly between the two cake pans.
Bake for 37-40 minutes. A toothpick inserted in the center of the cake should come out with moist crumbs, but no raw batter on it.
As the cake bakes, make the Sweet Orange Glaze.
Add the orange juice, sugar, and butter to a medium sauce pot and place it over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring often, until the butter melts, sugar dissolves, and the liquid bubbles for about 2 minutes.
Slowly drizzle the hot orange glaze evenly over the hot cakes.
Cool the cakes in the cake pans for 1 hour. Remove the cakes from the pans and transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
Prepare the Cream Cheese Frosting.
Add the room temperature cream cheese, butter, and vanilla to a large bowl. Mix with a hand mixer or in a stand mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes, until well mixed. One cup at a time, add the powdered sugar. Mix on low until well combined. Repeat with the remaining powdered sugar. Mix on low to medium until well combined and the frosting is light and creamy.
Place one of the cakes on a cake serving plate. Spread the top of the cake with a thick layer of icing, using about 1/3 of the icing. Place the second cake layer on top. Generously spread icing over the top and sides of the cake.
Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 24 hours before serving for best results, or a minimum of 2 hours.
*If you don't like raisins, you could substitute chopped walnuts or pecans. You could also use 1/2 cup raisins and 1/2 cup nuts if you like both.