Carrot Bundt Cake
Hello friends! I hope your spring is off to a great start. With the warming weather and Easter just right around the corner, my carrot cake consumption is increasing exponentially! It’s the season for carrot cake and I have a new recipe to add to your baking list. This carrot bundt cake brings all the flavor and glory of carrot cake into the elegance and crumb of bundt cakes.
If you’ve been around here for a while, you know I love me some bundt cakes. I like big bundts and I cannot lie (Sorry I had to!!). But back to the topic, I love bundts and they are one of my favorite things to bake. Quick, easy, elegant, and perfect soft crumb every time. They are my go-to cakes to bring to someone’s house. And this spring, I will be bringing this carrot bundt cake with me everywhere I go.
It is packed rich with shredded carrots, warm spices, and crunchy nuts. As well as my favorite secret ingredient in every great carrot cake – pineapples. There’s just something about that flavor that always brings together a carrot cake. The juicy pineapples also help to give that soft cake we all love.
If you are looking for a dense carrot cake, then this isn’t it. It is bouncy to the touch and melts in the mouth. It bakes perfectly every time too!
Let’s dig into how to make this cake. If you’d prefer just the recipe, scroll to the end.
Start by gathering all your ingredients.
Cream your butter, sugar, and oil together until light and creamy.
In another bowl, whisk together your dry ingredients.
Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture. Mix until just combined.
Gently mix in the pineapples, carrots, and walnuts. Get these well combined.
Pour your batter into the bundt pan. Bake until the cake is bouncy when pressed or until a cake tester inserted comes out almost clean.
Let the cake cool in the pan before turning it out onto a wire rack.
Make the vanilla glaze and drizzle over the cooled cake.
That’s it! This is your classic carrot cake in a tender and moist bundt cake. I hope you give it a try this spring!
Here are some other carrot cake recipes you may like:
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1-1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups grated carrots
- 13.5 ounces canned crushed pineapple with juice
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
Vanilla Bean Glaze:
- 3 cups confectioner’s sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
- 1-2 Tablespoons milk
- Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a large bundt pan (~12 cups) with baking spray.
- In a large bowl, cream together the sugar, eggs, and oil until light and creamy, about 2-3 minutes on medium speed. Beat in the vanilla extract.
- In a separate large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
- In two additions, add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, mixing until combined after each addition. The mixture will be a bit thick at this point.
- At low speed, gently mix in the carrots, pineapple, and walnuts. The mixture should now resemble more of a batter.
- Pour the batter into the prepared bundt pan, and carefully smooth the surface evenly.
- Bake in the center of the oven for about 1 hour 15 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the cake comes out almost clean. The cake should be firm but bouncy when pressed.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for about 15 minutes before flipping over onto a wire rack to cool completely before glazing.
- To make the glaze: In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the glaze ingredients, starting with 1 Tablespoon of milk and adding more as needed.
- Drizzle the glaze over the cooled cake. Serve.
- Substitutions & Add-ons: Raisins are a common ingredient in carrot cake and could be added with walnuts. Other nuts are also delicious. Instead of walnuts try pistachios, almonds, or pecans.
- Storage: Carrot cake will last about a week on the countertop covered, longer if refrigerated.
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