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Carrot Cake with Salted Caramel-Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Cake with Salted Caramel-Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Prep 40 min
  • Total 4 hr 15 min
  • Servings 12

Traditional carrot cake studded with pecans, spread with sweet cream cheese frosting and topped with a layer of salted caramel sauce and sea salt becomes a showstopper dessert for any occasion. ...MORE+ LESS-

Ingredients

Cake

1
box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ yellow cake mix
1/2
cup milk
1/2
cup butter, melted
3
eggs
1 1/2
teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2
teaspoon ground nutmeg
2
cups coarsely shredded peeled carrots (3 medium)
1/2
cup chopped pecans

Frosting

12
oz (1 1/2 packages) cream cheese, softened
3/4
cup butter, softened
1/4
cup salted caramel sauce
1 1/2
teaspoons vanilla
2
cups powdered sugar

Topping

1/3
cup salted caramel sauce
1/2
teaspoon coarse sea salt

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Grease bottoms and sides of four 8-inch round cake pans with shortening.
  • 2
    In large bowl, beat cake mix, milk, melted butter, eggs, cinnamon and nutmeg with electric mixer on medium speed 2 minutes. Stir in carrots and pecans. Spoon and spread batter evenly in pans (about 1 1/4 cups batter each).
  • 3
    Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling rack; cool completely, about 1 hour.
  • 4
    In large bowl, beat cream cheese and softened butter with electric mixer on medium-high speed until smooth. Beat in 1/4 cup caramel sauce and the vanilla. On low speed, beat in powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, until smooth and creamy.
  • 5
    Frost cake using 2/3 cup between layers. Frost sides with a thin layer of frosting so sides are covered but still showing through. Spread remaining frosting on top. Refrigerate uncovered at least 2 hours.
  • 6
    When ready to serve, carefully pour and spread 1/3 cup caramel sauce over top of cake, allowing some to drip down sides; sprinkle sea salt on top. Cover and refrigerate any remaining cake.

Expert Tips

  • The “half-dressed” or thin layer of frosting on the outside of a cake allows the layers to show through. It’s impressive and easy!
  • If you can't fit all four pans in the oven, refrigerate remaining batter until others are baked, and then bake remaining layers separately, adding a little extra time if needed for baking refrigerated batter.
  • To quickly soften cream cheese, remove from wrapper and place on microwavable plate; microwave uncovered on High about 15 seconds or just until softened.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
610
Calories from Fat
320
% Daily Value
Total Fat
36g
55%
Saturated Fat
20g
99%
Trans Fat
1g
Cholesterol
135mg
44%
Sodium
690mg
29%
Potassium
170mg
5%
Total Carbohydrate
65g
22%
Dietary Fiber
1g
6%
Sugars
31g
Protein
5g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
80%
80%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
15%
15%
Iron
6%
6%
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 7 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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