A few additional tips and learnings from this time. . .
- I was a little lazy and decided to make 2 layers instead of 3. Don't do that with this recipe. The cake in the middle sank in both pans, so that it was a bit concave, and we had to do cake surgery to make each layer flat in order to layer the cake.
- We made candied pecan pieces to sprinkle on top which added nice flavor/crunch.
- Like the dabs of cream cheese frosting that blog contributor (or shall I say non-contributor) the grandcruman added?
- Next time I'm going to try to decrease the oil from 1 1/2 cup to 1 1/4. The cake is plenty moist, so I bet we can cut it down.
Original Post: 6/19/13
I made the best carrot cake I have ever tasted (almost as good as Truluck's carrot cake) this past weekend for Father's Day. OMG.
The Triple-Layer Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is from Bon Appetit Magazine from October 1994. I found this recipe while searching on epicurious.com -- I was looking for an amazing carrot cake recipe -- and saw that it had 696 reviews and was rated 4 forks, which is the highest rating, however was a little skeptical because the recipe looked too easy and uses really basic ingredients.
Wow, there's a reason that it has a 4 fork rating. It is absolutely delicious, and so if you are a carrot cake lover, you must try out this recipe. The flavor and texture are perfect. Most carrot cakes I've tasted are too light & airy and don't have enough 'stuff' (e.g. carrots) in them.
To make the cake even more decadent like the one at Truluck's, next time I'm going to make a caramel sauce to drizzle on the top and add candied pecans on top.
Note: I did make 1.5x the cream cheese frosting just to make sure there was enough to frost the cake! I'd recommend it.