One simple carrot cake recipe is made by mixing the first four dry ingredients together, beating the eggs, and mixing sugar, buttermilk, oil and vanilla extract in a bowl. Fold 2 cups grated carrot into the mixture, followed by crushed pineapple, flaked coconut and choice of either walnuts or pecans.
Pour the carrot cake batter into three round cake pans lined with lightly greased and floured wax paper. Bake the cakes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Next, make the buttermilk glaze by combining sugar, buttermilk, light corn syrup and other ingredients in a Dutch oven, bringing it to a boil. Stir in vanilla extract, and drizzle the warm glaze evenly over each cake. Ice cakes with cream cheese frosting and assemble layers.
BettyCrocker.com features a recipe for carrot cake that makes a 13- x 9-inch single-layer cake, or an 8-inch two-layer cake. Cake ingredients include 3 cups shredded carrots, ground cinnamon, vanilla extract and chopped walnuts. Cream cheese frosting ingredients include one package cream cheese, milk and powdered sugar, which are combined with butter and vanilla extract. All cake ingredients are combined and mixed in a single bowl, and a single-layer cake bakes within 40 minutes, while a two-layer cake bakes in 30 to 35 minutes.