Tuesday, January 25, 2011


2 cups flour
1 - 1/2 cups 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
1/4 teaspoon ginger
2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup 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 ounces fresh, mild chevre (goat cheese) at room temperature
10 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar

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

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.

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

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.

Yield: Makes 10 servings

I am also sharing my recipe at Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, Tasty Tuesday, Tuesdays at the Table, Tasty TuesdaysTuesday Night Supper Club, Dr Laura’s Tasty Tuesday


  1. That looks absolutely delicious. I heard of using goat cheese for brownies, but never for a carrot cake. It sounds so good.

    Stopping by from Temp My Tummy Tuesday

  2. Oh my! That cake looks fabulous! I never thought of using goat cheese in my frosting. I have learned something new today.


  3. My MIL raised goats when hubby was small and we tried to fool her with goat cheese fudge. She said as soon as we opened the box "Oh no, that's goat cheese". I thought it was delicious but she wouldn't even try it. Not sure I would deviate from her Carrot Cake recipe anyway but this looks good.

  4. I can't wait to try this - the goat cheese frosting sounds delicious. And what a pretty dessert too!

    Thanks for linking up!

  5. I've never had goat cheese in a frosting, how could it not be good? My husband would really like this.

  6. Thank you so much for linking up to THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS... this cake looks AMAZING! Just FYI... our linky party has a theme each week and this week the theme is SOUPS... so we'd love to have you stop back by and link up your favorite soup recipe! THANKS A MILLION!

  7. thanks a ton for stopping by the design enthusiast. would love to have you over more have a beautiful blog :)

  8. Hi,

    Please check your email for an email from me regarding a giveaway you won on my blog. This cake looks yummylicious, but I would definitely need to substitute out the goat cheese. Either that or have someone make this and not tell me it was made with goat cheese til after I ate it all, LOL.

  9. Mmmmmm!!! Looks good!

    Hi! I'm a new follower of your lovely blog.
    Have a nice day!

  10. oh Geri , so wonderful to meet u after what seems sooo lonnggg!
    A v wonderful cake u have here!Everything u bake is sooo wonderfully delighting!
    Huggies and love,

  11. WOW! That looks delicious. Thanks for entering my giveaway. I'm following you for sure with recipes like that!

  12. That looks so delicious!

    Thanks for entering my giveaways!

    I'm following you back!

  13. yummmmmmmm!!! I'm adding this one to my favorites bookmark!! I suck at cooking, but I do ok with baking! :-)