Looking for a perfect dessert that combines the flavors of two of your favorite ingredients, apples and carrots? Look no further than this scrumptious apple carrot cake with cream cheese frosting! This recipe is perfect for those who love moist and flavorful cakes with a tangy twist.
For the cake:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups shredded carrots (about 3-4 medium carrots)
- 2 cups chopped apples (about 2 medium apples)
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
For the frosting
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat your oven to 350°F and grease a 9x13 inch baking pan with cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, and salt until well combined.
- In a large bowl, beat together the vegetable oil, granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract until smooth and creamy.
- Slowly add in the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined.
- Fold in the shredded carrots, chopped apples, and pecans (if using).
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
- Let the cake cool completely before frosting.
- To make the frosting, beat together the softened butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy.
- Gradually add in the powdered sugar and vanilla extract, beating until smooth and creamy.
- Spread the frosting evenly over the cooled cake.
- For best results, chill the cake in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.
- You can also make this cake in two 9-inch round cake pans instead of a 9x13 inch pan. Just adjust the baking time to 25-30 minutes.
- For an extra tangy twist, you can add a teaspoon of lemon juice to the frosting.
- This cake also tastes great with a sprinkle of chopped walnuts or pecans on top.
This apple carrot cake with cream cheese frosting is the perfect dessert for any occasion, whether you're hosting a dinner party or just want a sweet treat for yourself. With its moist and flavorful cake and creamy frosting, this recipe is sure to impress. Give it a try and see for yourself!