Naked Carrot Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

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Naked Carrot Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting. Blogging this past year has made me realize a lot of things about myself that I never knew.

Naked Carrot Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting (13) Naked Carrot Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting (2) One of which is the fact that I might be obsessed with cake. I wouldn’t have thought so but recently I’ve just wanted to bake cakes.

Naked Carrot Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting (10) Naked Carrot Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting (11) So you know how I was talking about fads the other day? Yeah, well, the “naked” cake look is another one of those that is really in right now and I’ve been on the fence about how I feel about it. For a while I thought I’d never do a cake like that because cake decorating is basically in my blood. Both my mother and my grandmother have been known for making beautiful, not to mention delicious, cakes and my grandma worked at Disneyland for years in cakes. She decorated so many cakes, sometimes even for famous people. Anyway, leaving a cake in such a plain, raw state seemed like something that would never happen.

Naked Carrot Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting (9) Naked Carrot Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting (12) I have to admit that the look has grown on me though. Not only is it rusticly elegant, but it saves time and makes cake decorating more approachable for those who fear the pastry bag. I’m sure that I’ll choose to decorate more often than not, but this was something that I think I’ll definitely do again.

Naked Carrot Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting (3) Naked Carrot Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting (6) How do you all feel about carrot cake? I remember thinking it was a weird and kind of gross dessert that only old people liked. How crazy I was when I was little. Carrot cake is basically a party in a cake form. There are so many things going on in there with the coconut and nuts, and pineapple, and spices, and yum!

Naked Carrot Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting (4) Naked Carrot Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting (7) If I didn’t make it myself I’d say it was the best carrot cake ever made in history. Okay, fine I’ll say it anyway. It was ultra moist and perfectly complemented by the coconut cream cheese frosting. Plus, I added plenty of coconut to the cake too because that just had to happen.

Naked Carrot Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting (8) Naked Carrot Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting (14) Bottom line, you just have to make this for Easter. It’s the perfect way to say hello to Spring, or, like me, hello to Autumn. You’ve gotta make it! carrot cake

Naked Carrot Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Yield: 1 cake (about 10 - 12 servings)

Naked Carrot Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

    Cake:
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup oil (I use sunflower)
  • 2/3 cup coconut milk (shake the can before opening)
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups raw (turbinado) sugar (or regular)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon each of: cloves, allspice, ginger and nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoons cardamom
  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups grated carrots
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple
  • 1 1/3 cups unsweetened shredded coconut flakes
  • Frosting:
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C) and grease 3 (8 or 9 inch) round cake pans. Cream butter, oil, and raw sugar in a large mixing bowl until smooth. Mix in eggs and add salt, vanilla, soda, spices, and flour and stir until combined. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
  2. Divide batter among prepared pans and place in oven to bake for 35 - 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  3. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.
  4. Frosting:
  5. Beat cream cheese in mixer with whisk attachment until no lumps remain. Add coconut oil, and milk and beat in until smooth. Slowly add remaining ingredients and whip until light and fluffy.
  6. Remove cakes from pans and trim tops if neccesary. Frost in between each layer and decorate as desired.
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Comments

  1. says

    You most certainly have a knack for decorating cakes! The flowers are gorgeous 🙂
    I used to think carrot cake sounded strange, too. I mean, keep your vegetables out of my cake! But I’ve been converted, too. Carrot cake *must* be healthy since it has carrots…right? Of course 😉

    • Tori says

      Exactly, you can feel less guilty eating a second piece because it has the fruit and veggies. Thanks, Matea!

  2. says

    Your cake looks so professional! I am so impressed!! And don’t worry about posting lots of cake recipes, I am a big fan of cakes, too. If only I could eat some of your incredible creations 🙂
    Juju Sprinkles

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