So I really love you guys. I made this carrot cake 3 times this week (not counting the time I forgot the flour – its been that kind of week), to create the perfect carrot cake that’s super moist without being oily, spiced to perfection with hints of orange, and with a surprise sweet cream cheese filling.
The dreamy cream cheese layer is like a little slice of cheesecake nestled in between the layers of cake and is as easy as drizzling it over the batter, then topping it with the rest of the batter.
And after it bakes, a delectably delicious surprise awaits your happy eaters. Very happy eaters.
The cream cheese layer is nestled in a shell of moist carrot cake spiced with allspice, nutmeg and a generous douse of cinnamon brightened by a splash of orange extract. The pecans are coarsely ground so they are perfectly dispersed throughout the cake and add to the moistness created by the use of rich brown sugar, oil and yogurt. I tried this cake with just oil, and it didn’t want to cook all the way through. So I tried it with less oil and it was still missing something. Finally, I tried it with a combination of oil and yogurt (which always adds moistness), and it so moist, so flavorful, and just so right.
Due to the high sugar content in this cake, the outside of the cake caramelizes and wants to stick to your pan, so be sure to use a nonstick cooking spray that has flour in it or to butter and flour your pan. I prefer to use butter and cocoa powder to dust my pan so the cocoa powder blends right into the cake and caramelizes for a slightly crunchy exterior that is one of my favorite parts of the cake.
But not my only favorite part of the cake. I can have multiple favorites, right? The Orange Cream Cheese Glaze is
My goodness, its ridiculous. The tang of cream cheese, the bright citrus of the orange juice, lemon juice, and orange extract all sweetened by powdered sugar.
Looking for more Easter Cake Recipes?
- Coconut Cake (Triple Coconut!)
- Lemon Poke Cake
- Lemon Blueberry Cake
- Strawberry Shortcakes
- Chocolate Raspberry Cake