Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Chocolate Carrot Cake

It's time for cake! And an amazing one at that...

It has been raining for the past two days. Our dogs are basically spinning in a thousand circles. It has been so gloomy and cold outside. Traffic to and from work has been horrendous. But given that tis is the season to be jolly, we can't let a few drops of rain get us in a funk. So you ask, how can we break through this bleak weather? With cake! :)
This chocolate carrot cake was such a delight. So moist and beautifully sweetened; top it off with this sensational chocolate cream cheese frosting and you've got yourself some serious baked goodness! 

I can see the sun peaking through already... enjoy! :)

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
4 eggs
1 1/4 cups canola oil
3 cups finely shredded carrots

1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
3 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
3 tsp vanilla extract
chopped walnuts
mini semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray two 8-inch round baking pans with baking spray, line bottom of pans with parchment paper, and grease parchment. Set aside.

In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Add eggs and oil, beat until combined. Mix in carrots. Pour batter into prepared pans.

Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. 

For frosting... In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Beat in confectioners' sugar, cocoa and vanilla until smooth. 

Level cake layers with a serrated knife. Place one layer on a serving plate; top with half the frosting. Repeat with remaining cake layer and frosting. Sprinkle with nuts and chocolate chips.

Source: Taste of Home Fall Baking Cookbook magazine


Evan @swEEts on December 1, 2010 at 4:40 PM said...

I don't think I've ever tried chocolate carrot cake, but now I sure want to! Looks like a lovely cake... and one that would definitely solve any minor problem :)

Carolyn on December 2, 2010 at 12:59 AM said...

That cake looks like a most excellent way to beat the dreary weather!

Torviewtoronto on December 2, 2010 at 11:14 PM said...

carrot cake with chocolate in it looks wonderful lovely picture

Luna's Recipes on December 3, 2010 at 3:54 AM said...

Great combination of flavours. Great work on the photos. Luna

Anonymous said...

What a great combination! I don't think I have ever seen a chocolate carrot cake, but it looks fantastic!

Kathleen on December 4, 2010 at 3:01 PM said...

Wow this sounds like a fabulous combo. YUM ;)

Kimberly Peterson on December 5, 2010 at 6:27 PM said...

I have yet to try baking a carrot cake. This cake looks wonderful!! Can you please bake one for me??? *flutters eyelids* :)

Desi on February 9, 2012 at 1:28 AM said...

I made this cake for a chocolate cake cooking challenge and it was soooo good! I didn't use as much carrots as I was supposed to (oops!) but it was still amazing... and I used to think I didn't like chocolate cake. I was crazy :) There's still a little bit left in the fridge that I can't wait to finish off tomorrow!

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