Carrot Cake from Chuck Hughes

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour

Listen to the interview.

Chuck Hughes is the star of Cooking Channel’s Chuck’s Day Off and he loves food. So much that his favorites are tattooed on his arms: bacon, lemon meringue pie, lobster and arugula just to name a few.

He joined me on Amy’s Table to talk about holiday entertaining. He shared this recipe for Carrot Cake that he says is “almost like fruitcake- but good”.

Directions

For the cake: With the rack in the middle position, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Line two 8-inch (20-cm) springform pans with parchment paper.

In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, nutmeg and salt. Set aside.

In another bowl, combine the sugar, oil and eggs with a whisk. Gently stir in the dry ingredients. With a spatula, gently fold in the carrots, pineapple, walnuts, cherries and raisins.

Divide the batter between the pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, about 1 hour. Cool in the pans on a rack. Run the blade of a knife around the cakes and unmold.

For the frosting: In a bowl, cream the cream cheese with the butter and icing sugar with an electric mixer. Add the zest and juice and continue beating until the frosting is smooth and creamy.

Spread the frosting over the top of the cakes and stack them on a platter.

For the maple walnuts: In a skillet, bring the syrup to a boil. Add the walnuts and stir continuously until the syrup has crystallized around the walnuts. Pour onto a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and let cool. Garnish the cake.


Yield: 12 servings

What's Needed:

 

Cake:
2 cups/500 ml all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon/15 ml baking powder
2 teaspoons/10 ml baking soda
1 teaspoon/5 ml ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon/ 2.5 ml allspice
1/2 teaspoon/ 2.5 ml ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon/ 2.5 ml ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon/ 2.5 ml salt
1 1/2 cups/375 ml sugar
1 cup/250 ml canola oil
4 eggs
3 cups/750 ml peeled and grated carrots
1 cup/250 ml chopped pineapple
1 cup/250 ml walnuts, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup/125 ml dried cherries
1/2 cup/125 ml dried golden raisins

Frosting:
2 packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup/125 ml butter, softened
2 1/2 cups/625 ml icing sugar
Zest and juice of 1 orange

Maple Walnuts:
1/2 cup/125 ml maple syrup
1 cup/250 ml toasted walnuts

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