I was skeptical about carrot cake with milk chocolate buttercream - but it works!
I was a little nervous about how complicated it look, but it turned out to be delicious and really not that hard to reproduce!
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
¾ tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
¾C brown sugar
1 ½C vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla
2C grated carrots
1C crushed pineapple
for milk chocolate buttercream
2C butter, room temperature
14C powdered sugar
4 tsp vanilla
10oz bag milk chocolate chips
- for cake: Preheat oven to 350°.
- Grease three 8" cake pans (or do 1 at a time, use what you have!).
- Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium bowl; set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together sugars, eggs, oil, and vanilla on medium speed until smooth.
- Gradually add flour and spice mixture until well combined.
- With mixer on low speed, add carrots and pineapple.
- Split batter into three parts and pour into prepared pans.
- Bake for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Let cool completely.
- for buttercream: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine butter, 7 cups of powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla.
- Beat on medium speed until smooth and creamy, ~5 minutes.
- Gradually add remaining powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating for about 2 minutes after each addition.
- Beat on medium-high speed for 5 minutes.
- Spread a layer of buttercream icing between each layer of cake as you stack your three layers.
- When the top layer has been stacked, cut a circle about 4" in diameter in the center.
- Using a small spatula, lift out the circle to set aside.
- Apply frosting around the remains of the top layer and inside the nest.
- Finish dirty icing the entire cake.
- Set in the fridge to cool before applying the finished layer of frosting.
- After 30 minutes in the fridge, apply a final coat of frosting.
- Smooth out the frosting around the entire cake.
- Fill a piping bag with the rest of the milk chocolate buttercream.
- Using a #4 tip, pipe lines in random directions and random lengths.
- Start piping inside the nest and work your way to the outside top of the cake.
- Once your nest has been completed, fill next with your "Easter eggs".