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Carrot and Pineapple Cake - Ina Garten image

Not only does this moist cake look beautiful but it tastes fantastic as well. The cream cheese frosting compliments the pineapple in the cake and the carrots and raisins as well. This is the best carrot cake I have had in years!

Provided by Alliegal

Categories     Dessert

Time 1h15m

Yield 1 2 layer cake, 8 serving(s)

Number Of Ingredients 18

2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/3 cups vegetable oil
3 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, divided
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 lb carrot, grated
1/2 cup diced fresh pineapple
3/4 lb cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 lb unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 lb confectioners' sugar, sifted
1/2 cup diced fresh pineapple


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Butter 2 (8-inch) round cake pans. Line with parchment paper, then butter and flour the pans.
  • For the cake:.
  • Beat the sugar, oil, and eggs together in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until light yellow. Add the vanilla. In another bowl, sift together 2 1/2 cups flour, the cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Toss the raisins and walnuts with 1 tablespoon flour. Fold in the carrots and pineapple. Add to the batter and mix well.
  • Divide the batter equally between the 2 pans. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool completely in the pans set over a wire rack.
  • For the frosting:.
  • Mix the cream cheese, butter and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until just combined. Add the sugar and mix until smooth.
  • Place 1 layer, flat-side up, on a flat plate or cake pedestal. With a knife or offset spatula, spread the top with frosting. Place the second layer on top, rounded side up, and spread the frosting evenly on the top and sides of the cake. Decorate with diced pineapple.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 1451.6, Fat 86.6, SaturatedFat 30.3, Cholesterol 199.8, Sodium 844.4, Carbohydrate 163.1, Fiber 4.9, Sugar 121.5, Protein 13.8

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