1 (18-ounce) package carrot cake mix (Betty Crocker is
3 large eggs
1 cup water
⅓ cup vegetable oil
3 large carrots, grated
2 cups chopped pecans, toasted and divided
1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, well drained
⅔ cup sugar
24 pecan halves
2 (16-ounce) containers home style cream cheese frosting
(Duncan Hines has one)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Praline Crumbles (recipe to the right)
an offset spatula makes frosting cake layers a breeze.
best results, use an electric knife to slice this cake.
Grease 3 (8-inch) round cake pans.
Line with wax paper.
Grease wax paper.
Beat first 4 ingredients at low speed with
an electric mixer 30 seconds.
Beat at medium speed 2 minutes.
Stir in carrot, 1 cup pecans, and
Pour batter evenly into pans.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 22 minutes
or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes.
Remove from pans, and cool completely
on wire racks.
Wrap cake layers in nonstick aluminum
Freeze 30 minutes. (This step aids in
frosting the finished product.)
Coat a sheet of wax paper with cooking
spray; set aside.
Place sugar in a large heavy skillet.
Cook over medium heat, stirring
constantly with a wooden spoon, 5 to 10 minutes or until sugar melts
and turns light brown.
Remove from heat.
Working quickly, drop pecan halves, a
few at a time, into caramelized sugar, turning to coat.
Using a fork, remove from wax paper,
and reserve for garnish.
Combine frosting, vanilla, and remaining 1
cup pecans in a bowl.
Unwrap cake layers.
Spread frosting between layers and on
top and sides of cake.
Let cake stand 1 hour before serving.
Sprinkle Pecan Crumbles over top of
cake, and garnish rim of cake with candied pecans.
Note: You can substitute 1 (18.25-ounce)
package spice cake mix for the carrot cake mix, if you’d like. Increase
the water to 1-1/3 cups.
Praline Crumbles Recipe...
Melt butter in a medium skillet over low
Add sugar, reduce heat to medium-low,
and cook until sugar melts.
Stir in pecans; cook until pecans are
coated and sugar turns light brown.
Pour praline onto wax paper.
Break into coarse pieces.
Shortcut Solution: In a big hurry?
You can frost this cake with plain frosting minus the nuts and vanilla,
and forgo making the garnishes.