Emeril’s Classic Carrot Cake with a Fresh Coconut and Walnut Frosting

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Emeril's Classic Carrot Cake with a Fresh Coconut and Walnut FrostingA decadent and divine ending to your Easter Sunday feast, from Emeril Lagasse on Good Morning America in 2000.


1 cup plus 2 teaspoons butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
pinch salt
4 eggs
3 cups shredded carrots
1 cup ground toasted walnuts
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup chopped toasted walnuts
2 cups coconut flakes
4 cups powdered sugar
1 cup simple syrup


1. Preheat oven to 350° F.

2. Grease 3 round (9 inch) cake pans with 2 teaspoons of the butter.

3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with a paddle, combine the 1/2 cup of the butter, oil, sugar and brown sugar. Cream the mixture until smooth.

4. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a small mixing bowl.

5. Add the eggs to the butter/sugar mixture, one at a time. Combine the cinnamon and the flour and add the flour mixture to the butter/sugar mixture, 1/2 cup at a time. Add the carrots, ground walnuts and vanilla. Mix well.

6. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and spread evenly. Place in the oven and bake for about 25 to 30 minutes or until the center sprigs back when touched. Remove from the oven and cool.

7. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the cream cheese and remaining 1/2 cup butter. Mix well.

8. Add the walnut pieces and coconut. Mix well. Add the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time and mix until the frosting is spreadable.

9. To assemble, slice each cake in half. Place on half in the center of a serving plate. Brush the top of the cake with the simple syrup. Spread 1/2 cup of the frosting over the first layer. Repeat the above process until all of the layers are used. Ice the entire cake with the remaining frosting.

10. Refrigerate the cake for 30 minutes.

Makes 12 Servings

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