Spiced Carrot Cake with Vanilla Bean-Cream Cheese Frosting
Why This Recipe Works
When developing our carrot cake recipe, we wanted to avoid dense, soggy cake while streamlining the procedure. For a moist, rich cake with a tight and tender crumb, we tinkered with the amounts of all-purpose flour, carrots, and oil to get just the right balance. Conservative quantities of cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves gave our carrot cake recipe pleasant, but not overwhelming, spice. And we added some sour cream to our cream cheese frosting recipe for shine as well as flavor.