The Best Ever Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Have you noticed how many dessert recipes I’ve been posting lately? I bet you can’t stand it! I bet you’re all thinking, “what happened to the healthy Jessie we knew?”. 😉

Well, first of all, the Holidays are here and I’m infected with the spirit of baking goodies. And more honestly, my cooking hasn’t been as successful lately. I go through phases where my baked goods fall flat and my dinners are divine. And then sometimes I can bake a mean cake, but dinner doesn’t wow. I’m stuck in the latter. It’s not that I can’t cook anymore, I’m just not consistently happy with the results. I’ve still got a few healthy and substantial meals to share with you, but I’m really on a roll with the treats! Just in time to indulge for the Holidays!

Ingredients

Yields : 8 Slices
Prep Time : 15 minutes
Cook Time : 1 hour 10 Minutes
Cake
1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
3 eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 carrots – grated
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup crushed pecans
Frosting
4 oz cream cheese – softened
1/4 cup unsalted butter (4 tbsp) softened
1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp heavy cream or milk
1 tsp vanilla
Instructions

Preheat oven to 350F
Prepare a 9×5 loaf pan by coating with a non-stick
spray & Line with parchment paper for easy removal, optional.
In a mixing bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt
until combined.
In a large bowl, mix together the eggs and sugar until combined. Then, add in the oil
and vanilla. Mix everything together until the oil is fully combined.
Stir in the dry ingredients.
With a spatula, fold in the carrots, raisins and pecans.
Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour – 1 hour 15 minutes.
Cool for 10 minutes and then move the loaf to a rack and cool completely.
Prepare the frosting by mixing all of the ingredients together in a mixer, add extra
cream or milk if you want a thinner icing.
Frost the cooled loaf and top with a few extra pecans if you like
ENJOY!