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Carrot Cake

For approximate batter amounts and baking times for the carrot cake, shown fourth from the bottom, see below; you will need to make enough batter to fill each cake pan three-quarters full. The batter can be made in separate batches for the larger cake layers.The carrots can be peeled and chopped, then shredded in a food processor. This moist cake, redolent with spices, pairs particularly well with Cream Cheese Frosting.

  • yield: Makes 13 1/2 cups batter

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Ingredients

  • Vegetable-oil cooking spray
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for the pans
  • 2 pounds carrots, peeled and finely grated
  • 6 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup nonfat buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 3 cups vegetable oil
  • 2 vanilla beans, halved lengthwise, seeds scraped and reserved
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Cook's Note

Approximate batter amounts and baking times for 3-inch-deep round pans: 6-inch: 3 cups, 1 hour 20 minutes; 8-inch: 5 cups, 1 hour 25 minutes; 10-inch: 7 cups, 1 hour 35 minutes; 12-inch: 10 cups, 1 hour 40 minutes.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Coat the cake pans (see below) with cooking spray. Line with parchment; dust with flour, and tap out any excess. Set aside.

  2. Step 2

    Whisk together the carrots, eggs, buttermilk, sugar, oil, vanilla seeds, and raisins in a large bowl. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves in a medium bowl. Stir the flour mixture into the carrot mixture until completely combined. Transfer the batter to the prepared pans.

  3. Step 3

    Bake until a cake tester inserted in the centers comes out clean. Transfer to wire racks; let cool in the pans for 40 minutes. Unmold onto racks. Remove the parchment, and cool completely.

Source
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