Espresso Carrot Cake
This delicious carrot cake has a hint of coffee. It's a perfect complement to the autumn season.
Espresso Carrot Cake
Ingredients for the Espresso Carrot Cake
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups flour (all purpose)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons powdered cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon powdered allspice
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup cooking oil
- 1 cup pecans (after being chopped in a food processor)
- 4 cups carrots (after being chopped in a food processor)
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1 shot espresso
Ingredients for the Frosting (optional)
- 1 package of cream cheese
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Electric mixer
- Food Processor
- 13x9 cake pan
- Measuring cup, measuring spoons
Chop the carrots and pecans in a food processor, set them to the side. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl, set that to the side. Pull the shot of espresso, set it to the side. Oil and lightly flour a 13x9 inch pan; set it to the side. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
In a small bowl, beat the eggs and add the espresso. Add the oil and egg mixture to the dry ingredients, then mix in the carrots. Use the electric mixer on medium speed to blend well. When this is well blended, set the electric mixer aside. Use a spoon to fold in the pecans and raisins.
Beat eggs and add espresso
Add carrots then the wet and dry ingredients.
Fold in raisins and nuts
Pour the cake batter into the cake pan. Bake the cake for one hour.
Pour into lightly floured pan
Prepare the Frosting
Put two cups of powdered sugar into a mixing bowl. Open the package of cream cheese, then cut it into cubes. Put this into the microwave for one minute, high heat. This will soften the cream cheese so that you can blend it with the powdered sugar. Add the vanilla. Use the electric mixer to make the frosting smooth. Once this half of the frosting is well blended, add two more cups of powdered sugar.
Let the cake cool for at least ten minutes after baking. This cake doesn't need frosting, but if you have guests or a sweet tooth, you may want to frost it. Add decorations as you see fit.
Espresso carrot cake without frosting
Espresso carrot cake with frosting
Published: October 2000, Last Modified: October 2011