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J Alexander’s Carrot Poke Cake Recipe

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The “stuff”...
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 cups sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
¾ cup canola oil, plus more for pan
¾ cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
2 cups julienne carrots
3 ounces shredded coconut, about 1 cup
1 cup pecan pieces
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk
6 ounces (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 ounces (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
2 cups confectioners' sugar

What to do with “the stuff”...
Make the Carrot Cake:

Generously grease a 9x13-inch cake pan, set aside. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, sugar and salt in a large mixing bowl.

Mix remaining cake ingredients in a separate medium bowl. Combine the wet ingredients with the flour mixture, mixing well.

Transfer batter to prepared pan. Bake approximately 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cake should be 1 ½-inch thick.

While the cake is still hot, poke holes all over the top with a large fork. Pour the Cake syrup over the top, allowing cake to soak up the syrup. Refrigerate cake until completely cool.

Frost with Cream cheese frosting. Refrigerate cake to let frosting set.

Make the Syrup:

Using a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine ingredients. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved.

Make the Frosting:

Using the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment on medium speed, combine ingredients, mixing until smooth and free of lumps.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
This is THE best Carrot Cake I have ever had!! It is so moist and flavorful. The glaze you pour over the cake while it is still hot is everything. I have had soooo many requests for this recipe. Make it..bite it!!




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