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Mini Carrot Cake

This mini carrot cake is perfect for Easter or spring. It is perfect for a small party or for two! This is a three moist spiced 6-inch carrot cake. It is filled with cream cheese frilling and decorated with walnuts.
5 from 22 votes
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 22 mins
Decorating Time 1 hr
Total Time 2 hrs 22 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10 slices
Calories 500 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Carrot Cake

  • 1 ⅔ cup All-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon Baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon Ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon Ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon Pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ cup Oil Use canola oil or vegetable oil.
  • ½ cup Brown sugar packed light or dark
  • ½ cup White granulated sugar
  • ½ cup Sour cream room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon Pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Grated carrots freshly grated. Don't use pre shredded.
  • 2 Large eggs room temperature

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 6 oz Cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 cup Unsalted butter slightly cold
  • 4 ½ cups Powdered sugar sifted
  • 1 teaspoon Pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • cup Heavy cream
  • Chopped walnuts for decoration

Instructions
 

Carrot Cake

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray three 6-inch cake pans with baking nonstick spray. Line the bottoms with a 6-inch parchment paper circles. Spray again.
  • In a medium bowl, sift the flour. Add in baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and pumpkin pie spice. Shred the carrots using small hole on a cheese grater. It should be finely shredded. Compact the carrots in a measuring cup.
    1 ⅔ cup All-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon Baking soda, ½ teaspoon Baking powder, ½ teaspoon Salt, 1 ½ teaspoon Ground cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon Ground nutmeg, ½ teaspoon Ground ginger, ¼ teaspoon Pumpkin pie spice
  • In a separate large bowl, add oil, brown sugar, sugar, vanilla, sour cream, shredded carrots, and eggs. Use a whisk and mix until combined.
    ½ cup Oil, ½ cup Brown sugar, ½ cup White granulated sugar, ½ cup Sour cream, 1 teaspoon Pure vanilla extract, 1 cup Grated carrots, 2 Large eggs
  • Pour in the dry ingredients and whisk until just combined. The batter will be thin.
  • Pour the batter in three cake pans evenly. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Bake until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Let the cakes sit in the hot pan for 10 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool completely.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Pull the butter out on the counter for 30 minutes. This will let it get it slightly cold. Sift the powdered sugar while you wait.
    1 cup Unsalted butter, 4 ½ cups Powdered sugar
  • Using a mixer, beat the butter and cream cheese on high speed for 3 minutes. It will be very fluffy. Scrape the bowl and slowly add in the powdered sugar. It will be thick.
    6 oz Cream cheese
  • Add in vanilla, salt, and heavy cream. Mix on low speed until combined. Switch to high speed and beat for 1-2 minutes until creamy.
    1 teaspoon Pure vanilla extract, ½ teaspoon Salt, ⅛ cup Heavy cream

Assembling the Cake

  • Use a serrated knife to even out the cake layers if there is a dome on top. Freeze the cake layers for 15 minutes. Cold cakes are easier to decorate with.
  • Place the first layer down and spread ¾ cup of frosting over the cake. Repeat with the second and third layer.
  • Frost the cake in a light layer of frosting. Freeze for 15 minutes to lock the cake crumbs in place.
  • Frost the rest of the cake. Decorate the cake with extra piping on top and chopped walnuts.
    Chopped walnuts

Notes

Flour- Make sure flour is spooned and leveled or use a kitchen scale. Compacted flour can dry out the cake layers
High altitude baking- Add an extra 1 tablespoon of flour.
Pull out dairy ingredients 2 hours before baking.

Nutrition

Calories: 500kcalCarbohydrates: 97gProtein: 3gFat: 40gSaturated Fat: 18gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 428mgPotassium: 82mgFiber: 1gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 935IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 64mgIron: 1mg
Keyword carrot cake, cream cheese frosting, easter, mini cake, spring dessert, three layered cake, walnuts
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