Old-school form meets new-school flavors in this twist on carrot cake. Browning the butter intensifies its flavor, making it nutty and caramel-rich. The Bundt cake form makes for a much easier—but still delicious—dessert, freeing you from the fuss of stacking and frosting layers. We call for shredding the carrots on the smaller holes of a grater for more delicate strands that incorporate better into the batter. You can bake the cake ahead and freeze it, unglazed; wrap the cooled cake tightly in plastic wrap and freeze in a ziplock plastic freezer bag for up to 3 months (glaze the thawed cake).
1/2 cup unsalted butter
11 ounces whole-wheat pastry flour (about 3 cups)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon table salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
2 large eggs
3/4 cup plus 3 Tbsp. fat-free evaporated milk, divided
2 cups finely shredded peeled carrots
Baking spray with flour
3 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons chopped pecans, toasted
Est. added sugars 22g
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium; continue cooking until butter is browned and very fragrant, about 4 minutes. Cool to room temperature.
Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and cloves. Place browned butter, granulated sugar, oil, and 1 teaspoon vanilla in a large bowl; beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until well blended, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. With mixer on low speed, gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, alternating with 3/4 cup evaporated milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Stir in carrots. Coat a (10-cup) Bundt pan with baking spray; spoon batter evenly into prepared pan.
Bake at 350°F until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes. Remove cake to wire rack; cool completely.
Place cream cheese in a medium bowl. Add powdered sugar, remaining 3 tablespoons evaporated milk, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon vanilla; beat on medium-high speed until smooth. Spoon glaze over cooled cake. Sprinkle with pecans.