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Mini Easter Naked Layer Carrot Cakes

Delicious and fun mini carrot cakes for easter!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: carrot cake, easter cake, mini cakes
Servings: 9 mini cakes
Calories: 856kcal
Author: Jen Pinkston

Ingredients

for the cake:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 4 fresh whole eggs
  • 2 cups pastry flour all purpose works too!
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups raw finely shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts

for the icing:

  • 1 1/2 pounds powdered sugar
  • 12 ounces room temperature cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ounces room temperature butter

Instructions

For the cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a mixing bowl, mix sugar, vegetable oil, and eggs. In another bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Fold dry ingredients into wet mixture and blend well. Fold in carrots and chopped nuts until well blended. Distribute batter evenly into 3 (9-inch) oiled cake pans. Place in preheated oven and bake for 25-35 minutes. Cool layers in pans, for approximately 1 hour before removing.  To remove layers from baking pan, turn upside down, tap edge of pan on a hard surface.

For the frosting:

  • In a suitable bowl of large mixer, place powdered sugar, cream cheese, vanilla, and butter. Beat at medium speed until thoroughly blended.

For the assembly:

  • Using a bread knife, carefully cut each cake across the middle making two complete circles, instead of one. Once you have done this to all three cakes, you will have 6 full circles that are half their original height.  Using a 3" circle cookie cutter, cut out three circles from each cake.
  • Assemble on a serving platter, icing each layer in the middle and topping with a generous heap of icing. You can garnish with candy, sprinkles, coconut or any topping of your choosing.

Nutrition

Calories: 856kcal | Carbohydrates: 146g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 128mg | Sodium: 728mg | Potassium: 341mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 122g | Vitamin A: 7899IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 2mg