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Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups vegetable oil
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 20 ounces carrots, finely chopped (about 3 1/4 cups)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple, well-drained
  • 1 1/2 pounds cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips, melted
  • 3/4 cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
  • Chopped walnuts, for garnish

Instructions

  1. To prepare cake, preheat oven to 350F. Line bottom of three 8-inch round cake pans with parchment paper. Leave sides of pan dry—no cooking spray needed.
  2. Combine eggs and oil in a large mixing bowl. Beat 2 minutes with a mixer on medium speed. Add 1 cup sugar and continue mixing 2 minutes. Add remaining sugar and mix 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Combine flour and next 6 ingredients (flour through nutmeg); add to egg mixture, beating on low speed until blended, about 1 minute. Add carrots, walnuts and pineapple; mix until well combined.
  4. Divide batter evenly among pans.
  5. Bake 60 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Cool to room temperature on a wire rack. Run knife around edge of cakes and remove from pans. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  7. To prepare icing, place cream cheese in mixing bowl; beat with a mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add melted chocolate a little at a time, continuing to beat at medium speed. Add butter a little at a time. Scrape down sides of bowl; add lemon rind and beat until combined.
  8. Remove cakes from refrigerator. Ice top of one layer. Place second layer on top; ice top. Place third layer on top; ice top and sides of cake. Press chopped walnuts into sides of cake. Serves 20.
—Recipe by Kory Rollison  

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The recipe was originally published as Triple Layer Carrot Cake on Relish.com

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