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Charm City carrot cake with Duff's cream cheese icing

Charm City carrot cake with Duff's cream cheese icing
Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Duff Goldman is sitting in a corner of the semi-secret Melrose Avenue location of his Charm City Cakes West bakery, checking the calendar on his iPhone. On the September schedule are meetings with his agent, magazine publisher Conde Nast and ... Read more

Total time: 1 hour, 15 minutes, plus cooling time for the cakes | Serves 12 to 16

Carrot cake

  • Scant 3 cups (12.5 ounces) flour
  • 1 1/4 cups (9.7 ounces) sugar
  • 3/4 cup (4.85 ounces) light brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 packed cups finely shredded carrots

Step 1Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2Into a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and salt.

Step 3In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a medium bowl using a hand mixer, whip the eggs until they thicken and ribbons form when the beater is lifted, 3 to 5 minutes. Slowly add the oil and vanilla extract to the whipped eggs.

Step 4Gently fold the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients to form the batter; it may feel a little thick. Add the shredded carrots and gently but evenly fold them into the batter.

Step 5Pour the batter into two (8-inch) round pans lined with parchment. Bake until the cakes are puffed, golden and set, and a toothpick inserted comes out clean, 35 to 45 minutes. Rotate halfway through for even baking. Remove and set aside on racks to cool before unmolding.

Cream cheese icing and assembly

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups sifted powdered sugar

Step 1In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter until well blended and lightened in texture. Beat in the vanilla until blended.

Step 2Slowly beat in the powdered sugar until the icing is smooth and spreadable, then frost the cake.

Note: Adapted from Duff Goldman's Charm City Cakes.


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