Spiced Apple Carrot Cake with Goat Cheese Frosting
A spiced carrot cake that is not too sweet and packed full of shredded carrots and apples, making it the most tender and distinctly cake-like cake you might ever enjoy. The goat cheese-cream cheese frosting just makes it better.
Keyword Spiced Apple Carrot Cake with Goat Cheese Frosting
Prep Time 25minutes
Cook Time 25minutes
Total Time 50minutes
1-1/2 cupsgranulated sugar
2tspsunsweetened cocoa powder
4largeeggs plus 1 yolk, lightly beaten
1-1/2cupspacked coarsely grated carrots (about 3)
1-1/2cupspacked coarsely grated Granny Smith apples (about 4)
1cupcoarsely chopped walnuts, more for garnish
11ozfresh, goat cheese, room temperature
8ozcream cheese, room temperature
2tbspsunsalted butter, room temperature
1tsppure vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare three, nonstick, 9-inch round baking pans with cooking spray. Set aside.
In a large bowl, SIFT together flour, granulated sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, unsweetened cocoa powder, black pepper and salt. Whisk to combine.
Stir in vegetable oil, lightly beaten eggs and 1 egg yolk until combined. Stir in carrots, apples and walnuts.
Divide the batter among the three baking pans. (To make sure layers are even, I weigh pans with the batter to make sure there are equal amounts in each one.) Bake for 25 minutes or until cakes pull away from pan sides and a cake tester inserted in each center comes out clean. Transfer cakes to cooling racks and let cool 10 minutes. Turn out onto racks and let cool completely.
Beat goat cheese, cream cheese, vanilla extract and butter until smooth and fluffy; about 3 minutes. Gradually add powdered sugar and mix until combined.
Once cakes are cool, arrange first layer on a large platter. Spread some frosting over it, then top with the second layer and top with the third. Generously frost top and sides of cake with remaining frosting. Press walnuts lightly into the sides of the cake. Chill before serving; about 3 hours.