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Carrot Cake with Salted Caramel-Cream Cheese Frosting

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

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

Directions

  • 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.
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 INFORMATION PER SERVING

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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