This post has been sponsored by Country Crock®. All opinions are my own.
Traditions are what holidays are made of. In my family, there’s almost always a special dessert associated with every holiday. For Easter, we make carrot cake!
I like to put a special spin on my carrot cake recipe by icing it with orange cream cheese frosting. It really brings out the flavors and spices of the cake in a spectacular way! Let’s walk through this super easy and delicious carrot cake recipe together.
First, sift flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon together, whisk until well blended, and then set aside for later. Then, unwrap two Country Crock® Buttery Sticks. Why Country Crock® Buttery Sticks? Because they’re a baker’s dream come true! Unlike regular butter, Country Crock® Buttery Sticks mix right out of the refrigerator and into your favorite recipes – no softening needed. Plus, they contain 45% less saturated fat than *butter. Trust me on this one!
Melt the Country Crock® Unsalted Buttery Sticks and whisk together with both sugars and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, whisking until combined. I love the smell of sugar and melted butter! Mmm.
Let’s continue mixing. Add the dry ingredients that were set aside to the wet mixture one third at a time. You’ll want to gently fold through after each addition. It’s starting to look like true cake batter!
Now it’s time for my favorite part…adding the colorful ingredients! Gather your shredded carrots, chopped walnuts and crushed pineapple. I like to crush fresh pineapple myself. You can taste the freshness in the carrot cake!
Stir to combine these beauties into your batter. Once fully combined, separate the mixture into two cake pans and bake it, baby! You’re less than an hour away from carrot cake perfection, friend.
While the carrot cake is baking, it’s time to make the orange cream cheese icing using fresh oranges and orange zest. Oh the flavor! Read on for the full carrot cake recipe and orange icing recipe.
*1 serving of Country Crock Buttery Sticks contains 3.5g saturated fat. One serving (1 Tbsp.) of butter contains 7g saturated fat.