This tender and moist carrot cake with vanilla cream cheese frosting is by far the best I’ve ever tried. The secret ingredient in this easy step-by-step recipe is olive oil. No white sugar!
I’m about to share a secret of the most tender and super moist carrot cake with vanilla cream cheese frosting. Here it is: olive oil. If that’s all you want to know, scroll down to see the recipe and go bake. If you want to know the reason why I use olive oil in my cake, keep reading.
First, let me tell you, this carrot cake is my go-to cake. Whatever occasion it is, birthday party, Easter, wedding, day off or just the need to get rid of the carrots that are about to go bad, this cake always comes out perfectly moist, with a rich and deep flavor. The secret here is the use of olive oil instead of generic vegetable oil, used in most recipes. You don’t want to use extra-virgin olive oil for baking. Opt for pure, light or mild types of olive oil that are suitable for cooking and baking, as they have a higher smoke point and have less intense “olive oil” flavor.
Olive oil works as a natural emulsifier, improving the texture and making your cake extra moist and tender, without adding any olive oil flavor to it. Olive oil coats flour proteins, not letting them interact with the liquid and cuts down gluten formation, which means that the cake is less dense and therefore, much more tender.
To make this cake even more moist, I made four layers, so that they soak the cream cheese frosting and taste even better. It requires a bit more of frosting than usually, so I tried to balance the calories by reducing sugar. I can tell you that I didn’t miss sugar in this cake, nor did anyone who tried it.
It’s actually my first experience in making layered cakes, so you can see that it’s really easy to make and you can totally do it! To make it even easier, you can skip the layering and make it one piece, that will save you a lot of time. You can also make two or three layers. The real reason I made a four-layer cake is because I got this cute little cake stand for Christmas and I was dying to bake something small so that it fits. Then I bought a small baking dish of the same size, so the problem was solved and I knew exactly what I would like to bake. And here is the result, a recipe of the most tender and super moist carrot cake with vanilla cream cheese frosting:
Check out my cashew carrot bites with honey cream for more carrot goodness!