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Spiced Apple Carrot Cake with Goat Cheese Frosting

Use goat cheese as a gourmet substitution for cream cheese in a carrot cake frosting. The sweetened cheese adds an amazing depth of flavor and complements the richness of the cake.

Spiced Apple Carrot Cake with Goat Cheese Frosting

Leo Gong
 2 cups flour
 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
 2 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
 1/4 teaspoon salt
 1 cup vegetable oil
 4 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
 1 1/2 cups packed coarsely grated carrots (about 3 medium)
 1 1/2 cups packed coarsely grated tart apples, such as Granny Smith (about 2 medium)
 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, plus more for garnish
 10 ounce fresh, mild chèvre (goat cheese), at room temperature
 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
 2 cups powdered sugar
Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease three 9-in. round cake pans and set aside. In a large bowl, combine flour, granulated sugar, baking soda, baking powder, spices, cocoa, pepper, and salt. Whisk to combine, then stir in oil and eggs. Stir in carrots, apples, and 1 cup walnuts.

Step 2

Divide batter among pans and bake until cakes pull away from pan sides and a cake tester inserted in each center comes out clean, 25 minutes. Transfer cakes to cooling racks and let cool 10 minutes. Turn out onto racks and let cool completely.

Step 3

Beat goat cheese, cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until smooth and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Gradually add powdered sugar and mix until combined.

Step 4

Once cakes are cool, arrange first layer on a large plate or platter. Spread some frosting over it, then top with second layer. Frost second layer and top with the third. Generously frost top and sides of cake with remaining frosting. Chill cake at least 1 hour. Before serving, press walnuts lightly into sides of cake.

Step 5

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 830Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 50g77%

Saturated Fat 15g75%
Cholesterol 150mg50%
Sodium 628mg27%
Total Carbohydrate 85g29%

Dietary Fiber 3.1g13%
Protein 15g30%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.