Carrot Pineapple Cake with Blackberry Icing

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This Carrot Pineapple Cake with Blackberry Icing recipe is everything a typical carrot cake should have. It’s chunky and nutty and fruity especially with blissful pineapple bits you get to taste in every bite. A unique twist to this carrot cake is not the cream cheese frosting but a frosting made of mascarpone cheese. Mascarpone is typically used in tiramisu, but this recipe with mascarpone frosting with a hint of blackberries is the ultimate flavor one could ask. This frosting is particularly a good idea to try out if you’re feeling a bit daring and want to throw a bit of a surprise element for your family or guests. The blackberries in the frosting are the most original and creative touch given to this easy and delicious dessert. This variation of carrot cake is one of the most amazing cake recipes and a great idea for making on special occasions like anniversaries or birthdays too. This cake recipe is also ideal for making beautiful cupcakes mainly because it makes for an excellent presentation.

The nutrition in carrots is very high especially essential nutrients like fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin A. Carrots have no saturated fats and is cholesterol-free which makes it very wholesome when added to desserts as a subtle sweetener. With so many health benefits that come from the nutrition in carrots, it is hard not to use them for making desserts. When baking a carrot cake, always grate the carrots in a food processor or a blender to get an even texture. If you wish to make this cake beforehand, you can freeze it and thaw it on the day of serving but make sure to prepare fresh frosting as mascarpone doesn’t last well in a freezer. You can also add other nuts like walnuts, Brazil nuts or cashews for a slightly altered variation and it's also nutritious to incorporate more nuts into this recipe. You could also give this recipe a bit of a citrus flavor by adding orange zest or brushing the cake with orange juice. You can even add pumpkin pie spice to the batter or pour caramel sauce on top to enhance the flavors even more.

Always remember to use fresh spices when baking a cake like this one for achieving the best results regarding the flavor. Do not use old spices that have been sitting in your kitchen for a long time as spices tend to lose their aroma and do not have a long shelf life. It makes baking a cake worthy and tasty when you buy fresh spices for any recipe that calls for spice powders.

Thank you to Sue at The View From Great Island food blog for sharing this wonderfully creative carrot cake recipe with us. Do check out Sue’s blog for more amazing cake recipes or even savory recipes. This comforting carrot cake recipe is dense, full of flavor and one of the best cake recipes to make for any occasion. Make this easy and delicious dessert today!

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