Southern-Style Classic Carrot Cake

Old fashioned carrot cake inside
  • Cake:
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups carrots, peeled and grated
  • 3/4 cup raisins, optional
  • walnuts, chopped, optional
  • Frosting:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream, optional
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar, until desired consistency is reached
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350º and line two 9-inch cake pans with parchment paper, or grease with butter or non-stick spray.
  2. Begin working on cake by mixing flour, sugars (white and brown), cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, baking soda and salt together in a large bowl or mixer.
  3. In a separate, medium bowl, beat together eggs, oil and vanilla extract until fully combined, then stir mixture into dry ingredients.
  4. Once batter has come together, gently fold in carrots and raisins, then pour mixture evenly into prepared cake pans.
  5. Place cake pans in oven and bake for 22-27 minutes, rotating halfway through, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out mostly clean.
  6. Remove cakes from oven and let cool completely.
  7. While cakes cool, beat butter, cream cheese and sour cream together until combined and fluffy.
  8. Add in powdered sugar, vanilla extract and salt, beating until fully incorporated and smooth.
  9. Spread 2-3 tablespoons frosting on cake stand or serving platter, then place first cake down. Use about 2/3 cup frosting and spread evenly over cake.
  10. Top with second cake and use remaining frosting to coat top and sides evenly.
  11. Optional: sprinkle chopped walnuts over cake for decoration.
  12. Store in an air-tight container or serve immediately. Enjoy!

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