I am a sucker for carrot cake. Whenever I make it, it’s usually a single layer cake with standard cream cheese frosting. You know the kind I’m talking about. The one in a 9×13 pan? Yep, that’s the one! well, guys and gals, today we are taking our baking skills a step further and delving into the world of layered cakes. Not only will this carrot cake be layered but the standard cream cheese frosting will be spiced with pineapple. Yummo!
I found this cake quite easy to make and it was done in under an hour! I was not expecting it to be finished so soon. I thought maybe it would take me all afternoon to make but nope. You folks are gonna love this recipe.
You guys, this is the first layered carrot cake that was actually easy for me to make! Normally, I find layered cakes a daunting task to conquer…not this one. You can have this little gem prepared in 30 minutes! The finished product in 45 minutes! I think that is awesome. This cake is super delicious, too. I mean, it has pineapple cream cheese frosting for heaven’s sake! Talk about a yum fest in a cake pan! You’ve gotta make this.
Please, don’t let the lengthy ingredients and instructions list worry you. They are just words. The actual labor is seriously easy. You’ll be so pleased when you’ve finished making this beautiful layered carrot cake.
2 1/2 cups peeled and finely grated carrots (9.5 oz.)
2 cups Gold Medal all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups Domino granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup pecans finely chopped (I use my food processor)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon McCormick ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Morton salt
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
4 large eggs
3/4 cup Wesson Vegetable oil
1/2 cup Fage vanilla Greek yogurt (regular or low-fat)
1/2 cup Dole crushed pineapple, drained
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting:
2 8 oz. pkgs. Philadelphia cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup Kerrygold butter, room temperature
1/4 cup vanilla yogurt
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups Powdered sugar
1/2 cup pineapple preserves
Add crushed pineapple to a fine mesh sieve over a bowl and push down on pineapple with a spoon to eliminate excess moisture. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line three 8” round cake pans with parchment paper then spray with nonstick cooking spray WITH FLOUR or grease and flour pans.
In a large bowl, mix all of the Dry Ingredients together. In a separate bowl, gently whisk eggs then stir in remaining Wet Ingredients, including drained pineapple, just until combined. Don’t overmix.
Stir Wet Ingredients into Dry Ingredients just until moistened, then stir in 2 1/2 cups grated carrots until evenly combined, being careful not to overmix.
Divide batter equally between prepared pans. Drop the pans a few times on the counter to get rid of air bubbles. Bake at 325 F degrees for 45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean and the cakes begin to pull away from sides of pans.
Let cakes cool in pans on wire racks for 15 minutes then invert onto wire racks to cool completely.
Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting.
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer until creamy. Beat in vanilla yogurt, and salt. Gradually beat in confectioner’s sugar, until desired consistency is reached. Beat in pineapple preserves. Add additional powdered sugar if desired for thicker frosting.
Place four strips of parchment paper around the edges of platter or cake stand to create a square with an open space in the middle (to keep cake stand clean). Place a small dollop of frosting in the center of the cake stand to keep the cake from moving and top with one leveled Cake.
Top cake with 3/4 cup frosting and spread evenly. Top with a Second Cake and spread evenly with 3/4 cup frosting. Top with remaining Cake.
Create Crumb Layer by scooping 1 cup of frosting into a smaller bowl. Frost cake starting with the top and working down until the cake is evenly frosted, removing any excess frosting. Refrigerate Cake 30 minutes or until crumb layer has set. If remaining frosting gets too soft, refrigerate as well then whip a few times before using.
Frost the outside of cake as you desire with the remaining frosting then remove wax paper. Serve cake cold or at room temperature.
Frosted Carrot Cake can be covered with cake dome and refrigerated for up to 4 days.