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Best Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

    An easy, moist and delicious carrot cake with cream cheese frosting that will “wow” everyone you know.  This cake is guaranteed to become one of your go-to dessert recipes for all occasions. If you have an abundance of carrots in the garden (or in your fridge), and you’re looking for a crazy-good carrot cake recipe to make with them with, look no further…

    This is a 5-star carrot cake.  This is THEE carrot cake to beat all carrot cakes.  This is the BEST carrot cake you’ll ever taste.

    I mean it!

    2 cups (500 mL) all-purpose flour (plain flour)
    2 tsp (10 mL) baking powder
    2 tsp (10 mL) cinnamon
    1 tsp (5 mL) baking soda
    3/4 tsp (4 mL) salt
    1/2 tsp (2 mL) nutmeg
    3/4 cup (175 mL) granulated sugar
    3/4 cup (175 mL) packed brown sugar
    3 eggs
    3/4 cup (175 mL) vegetable oil
    1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla
    2 cups (500 mL) grated carrots
    1 cup (250 mL) drained crushed canned pineapple
    1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped pecans

    1 8 oz (250g) package cream cheese, softened
    1/4 cup (60 mL) butter, softened
    1/2 tsp (2 mL) vanilla
    1 cup (250 mL) icing sugar (aka confectioners sugar and powdered sugar)

    Grease and flour 13- x 9-inch (3.5 L) metal cake pan; (or 2 round pans) set aside.

    In large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. In separate bowl, beat together granulated and brown sugars, eggs, oil and vanilla until smooth; pour over flour mixture and stir just until moistened. Stir in carrots, pineapple and pecans. Spread in prepared pan.

    Bake in centre of 350°F (180°C) oven for 40 minutes or until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean. Let cool in pan on rack. (Make-ahead: Cover with plastic wrap and store at room temperature for up to 2 days. Or ovenwrap with heavy duty foil and freeze for up to 2 weeks; let thaw before continuing.)

    Icing: In bowl, beat cream cheese with butter until smooth. Beat in vanilla. Beat in icing sugar, one-third at a time, until smooth. Spread over top of cake. (Make-ahead: Cover loosely and refrigerate for up to I day.)