Gingered Carrot Cake

This scrumptious Gingered Carrot Cake combine the taste of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and grated carrots with a sweet Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting and chopped pecans.

Gingered Carrot Cake
 
Makes 1 (9-inch) cake
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups vegetable oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 cups shredded carrots
  • Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe follows)
  • 1½ cups toasted chopped pecans
  • Garnish: lemon slice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray 3 (9-inch) round cake pans with baking spray with flour.
  2. In a large bowl, beat oil, sugar, and eggs with a mixer at medium-high speed until creamy, about 3 minutes, stopping occasionally to scrape sides of bowl. Add zest, beating until combined.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, ginger, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Gradually add flour mixture to oil mixture, beating until combined. Beat in carrots. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  4. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 18 to 22 minutes. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire racks.
  5. Spread Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake. Press pecans onto sides of cake, and garnish with lemon, if desired. Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

 
Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
 
Makes about 5 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 6 cups confectioners’ sugar
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, beat butter, cream cheese, and lemon zest and juice with a mixer at medium speed until creamy. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar, beating until smooth. Use immediately.

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