Old-Fashioned Carrot Cake with Maple-Cream Cheese Icing
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup canola oil
- 4 large eggs
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 4 cups finely grated peeled carrots
- 1 cup walnuts, toasted, chopped
- Maple-Cream Cheese Icing
- 16 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
- ½ cup pure maple syrup
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F. Butter and flour two 9-inch-diameter cake pans with 1 1/2-inch-high sides. Using electric mixer, beat sugar, oil and eggs in large bowl until well blended. Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt; beat until blended. Stir in carrots and walnuts. Divide batter between pans.
Bake cakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 32 minutes. Cool cakes in pans on rack 15 minutes. Run small knife between pan sides and cakes to loosen. Turn cakes out onto racks; cool completely.
Place 1 cake layer, flat side up, on platter. Spread 1 cup icing over. Top with second cake layer, flat side down. Spread remaining icing over top and sides of cake. Refrigerate cake 1 hour or up to 1 day. Serve at room temperature.
Beat cream cheese and butter in large bowl until smooth. Add powdered sugar, syrup, and vanilla; beat until smooth.
Source: Bon Appetit (12 servings)