The Best Carrot Cake Recipe Ever: Carrot Cake With Buttermilk Glaze & Orange Cream Cheese Frosting by Donna John

4 months ago
The Best Carrot Cake Recipe Ever: Carrot Cake With Buttermilk Glaze & Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

The sweet buttermilk glaze drenches every inch of this carrot cake and makes it incredibly moist. The creamy orange-scented cream dressing frosting is really the icing on the cake.  

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour and 20 minutes



Buttermilk Glaze

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange rind
  • 1 teaspoon orange juice

Here's how to make it: 

  1. For the glaze, combine all the ingredients except vanilla in a pot. Bring to a boil and cook about 4 minutes. Stir in vanilla. Set aside.
  2. For the icing, beat all the ingredients with an electric mixer until smooth. 
  3. For the cake, combine the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside. In another bowl, combine the eggs, oil, butter, buttermilk, sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir in the pineapple, coconut, carrots and nuts. Pour into two greased and floured round cake pans. Bake in a preheated 350-degree F oven for 30 to 40 minutes. 
  4. Remove the cakes from the oven and immediately pour the buttermilk glaze over the layers. Cool in the pans for 15 minutes, then remove and cool completely. 
  5. Frost between the layers and then the entire cake. Sprinkle with additional chopped walnuts, if desired. 

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Donna John
This cake is so freakin' good. I haven't made it in a while because it's usually just my husband and I. But it is the only carrot cake recipe I have ever made -- or will ever make. Delicious and worth every calorie.
Wow, this looks incredible. 😋
Debbie Howard
Wow - this looks relish! I remember loving carrot cake earlier in my life, but have cut many sweets over the years. Think I'm gonna rethink that!
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
This. Looks. Amazing. On my to-make list, Donna John !

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