Claire Saffitz Makes Carrot and Pecan Cake | Dessert Person

Claire Saffitz makes carrot and pecan cake from her cookbook, Dessert Person. Claire’s interpretation of a classic carrot cake makes a celebration out of any occasion. This version has lots of well toasted pecans and a brown butter cream cheese frosting that is not to be missed under any circumstances. Watch Claire as she demonstrates how to achieve even, light layers and then assemble them into a cake that’s equal parts, impressive, satisfying, and delicious. Remember, as Julia Child said: “A party without cake is just a meeting!”

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Special Equipment:
Stand mixer
Three 8-inch cake pans

1 1/2 cups pecan or walnut pieces and/or halves (5.3 oz/ 150g)
Neutral oil for the pans
1 pound (454g) carrots (about 5 large), coarsely grated (about 3 cups)
1 cup buttermilk, (8.5 oz / 240g), at room temperature
1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (11.4 oz /325g)
2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder (0.28 oz/ 8g)
2 teaspoons Diamond Crystal kosher salt (0.21 oz / 6g)
1 teaspoon baking soda (0.21 oz / 6 g)
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
4 large eggs (7 oz / 200g), at room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar (5.3 oz / 150g)
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar (5.3 oz / 150g)
1 cup neutral oil, such as vegetable or grapeseed (8 oz / 226g)
Classic Cream Cheese Frosting, Brown Butter Variation

Video Breakdown:
0:00 Start
0:07 Intro to Carrot and Pecan Cake
0:34 Show Intro / Animation
0:53 Carrot and Pecan Cake Recipe
1:53 Special Equipment / Ingredients
2:54 Toast Pecans
3:16 Mix The Wet Ingredients
6:27 Mix Dry Ingredient & Make Batter
11:46 Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting
13:48 Felix Cameo
18:23 Frost The Cake
23:12 Taste/Wrap

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Photographer: Alex Lau
Food Stylist: Sue Li
Prop Stylist: Astrid Chastka

Video Series:
Producer/Director: Vincent Cross
Camera Operator: Calvin Robertson
Sound Engineer/Music: Michael Guggino
Editor: Brooke Shuman

Animation Credits:
Character Designer/Animator: Jack Sherry
Character Rigger: Johara Dutton
Background/Prop Designer: M. Cody Wiley
Background Illustrator: Jagriti Khirwar


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