• Grant Melton

Ultimate Carrot Cake


If you've never soaked your carrot cake in buttermilk, I can't blame you. It sounds super crazy but it's the best thing that's ever happened to carrot cake. Believe me. I hope you try it because I know you'll be just as crazy about this recipe as I am.





For the cake:

1 3/4 cups flour

1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 1/2 teaspoons fennel seed

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ginger

A few grates nutmeg

1 1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup olive oil

2 cups sugar

4 large eggs at room temperature

3 cups grated carrots (approximately two large carrots, grated on a box grater or with a food processor with the shredding attachment)

1/2 cup golden raisins

1/2 cup pecans, chopped

1 teaspoon orange zest


For the buttermilk glaze:

3/4 cup buttermilk

1 cup confectioner’s sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt


For the cream cheese frosting:

1 block cream cheese, softened

1 stick butter, softened

2 cups confectioners’ sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla paste

1 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 350°F.


In a medium-size bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, baking soda, salt, fennel seed, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Set aside.


In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix both oils with the sugar. Once combined, add in the eggs one at a time. Next, add the flour mixture in batches on low speed. Once fully combined, turn off the mixer and remove the bowl from the stand. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the carrots, raisins, pecans and orange zest.


Pour the batter into a prepared 13x9-inch baking pan and bake 45-50 minutes. Remove cake from oven and let cool.


For the buttermilk glaze, whisk the buttermilk with the confectioners sugar and salt in a small bowl until smooth. Pour the glaze over top of the cake and let it soak in while you prepare the frosting.


Place the cream cheese and butter into the mixer bowl and beat with a paddle attachment until smooth. With the mixer on low speed, add the confectioners’ sugar a spoonful at a time until completely incorporated. Once all the sugar has been added, add the vanilla and salt. Spoon the cake over top of the cake and then spread evenly with a spatula.





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