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Carrot Cake for Two


An indulgent dessert designed for two, this lovely carrot cake is perfect for a romantic evening at home or when you don't want the temptation of leftovers hanging around.

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  • CAKE:
  • cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Pinch nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 5 ounces carrots, finely grated (about 1 cup)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Servings 2
Preparation time 140mins
Cooking time 175mins
Adapted from


Step 1


Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Line a 9 X 2-inch round cake pan with parchment, and lightly coat with cooking spray.

Toast the pecans on a small baking sheet until lightly browned and fragrant, about 8 minutes. Let cool, then coarsely chop.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg in a medium bowl. Make a big well in the center so you can see the bottom of the bowl. Working within the well, add the sugar and egg and beat with a fork until well combined, then add the oil and vanilla and beat with the fork. Stir the dry and wet ingredients together with the fork until just combined. Fold in the carrots and pecans.

Transfer the batter to the prepared pan, and bake until a toothpick comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Let the cake cool in the pan on a cooling rack for 20 minutes, then turn it out of the pan, remove the parchment and let cool completely, right-side up, on the rack, about 1 hour.


Process the cream cheese and butter in a food processor until completely combined and smooth, stopping once or twice to scrape the bottom and side of the bowl. Add the confectioners' sugar and vanilla, and process until just combined. Transfer to a small bowl.


Cut the cake into 4 even wedges, as if you were cutting up a pie. Frost the top of each wedge with about 3 tablespoons of frosting (an offset spatula helps spread the frosting evenly). Stack the frosted wedges directly on top of each other on a serving plate, resulting in a 4-layer slice of cake with frosting between the layers and on top. Completely cover the curved back side of the cake with the remaining frosting, and leave the 2 remaining sides open. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Cut the wedge in half, and serve.

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