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Clinton Kelly's Classic Carrot Cake with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

Classic Carrot Cake Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting Clinton Kelly
Carrot Cake with Walnuts and Raisins
skill level
Easy
time
60-120min
servings
12
cost
$
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Classic Carrot Cake with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe: Moist, dense cake is blanketed by a generous coating of whipped cream cheese frosting.
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ingredients
  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground Ginger
  • 1 teaspoon All Spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 cup Sour Cream
  • 2 cups grated Carrots (packed)
  • 3 large Eggs (whisked)
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 3/4 cup Walnuts (roughly chopped plus more for garnish)
  • 3/4 cup Golden Raisins (rehydrated in warm water for 10 minutes)
  • For the Frosting:
  • 12 ounces Whipped Cream Cheese (room temperature)
  • 4 tablespoons Butter (softened)
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • pinch of Salt
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  • 1
     
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • 2
    2 cups All-Purpose Flour
    1 cup Granulated Sugar
    1/2 cup Brown Sugar
    2 teaspoons Baking Soda
    1 teaspoon Baking Powder
    1 teaspoon freshly grated Cinnamon
    1 teaspoon ground Ginger
    1 teaspoon All Spice
    1/2 teaspoon Salt
    2 cups grated Carrots (packed) 
    In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugars, baking soda, baking powder, spices and salt. Toss in the grated carrots and coat with flour, making sure the carrots aren't clumped together.
  • 3
    3 large Eggs (whisked)
    3/4 cup Sour Cream 
    1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
    3/4 cup Walnuts (roughly chopped plus more for garnish) 
    3/4 cup Golden Raisins (rehydrated in warm water for 10 minutes)
    Stir in the eggs, sour cream and vegetable oil until a few streaks of dry mixture are still visible. Add the walnuts and raisins and fold in until the mixture is fully incorporated.
  • 4
     
    Pour into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 60 to 75 minutes or until a skewer is inserted and comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
  • 5
     
    Spread the frosting over the top of the cake and serve with walnuts to garnish.
  • 6
    12 ounces Whipped Cream Cheese (room temperature) 
    4 tablespoons Butter (softened) 
    1 cup Powdered Sugar 
    1 teaspoon Vanilla 
    pinch of Salt
    For the Frosting: Whisk together the ingredients until the sugar is fully incorporated.

    Helpful Tips:
    1. Combine the grated carrots with the flour mixture to prevent the carrots from clumping together.
    2.  Use grated zucchini for a zucchini bread variation of this cake.
 
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