I have to be honest — when Marjan first gave me this recipe for her famous carrot cake (which I hadn't tried to that day), I was a bit skeptical. Skeptical because of the word "pineapple" in the list of ingredients. Don't get me wrong, I like pineapples, but in my carrot cake? No way! I want my carrot cake to taste nothing like pineapples, but all walnuts and carrots. But hey, what is a true foodie if you don't give everything a try. So I did!
And rest assured, this carrot cake is simply the best I've ever had. Not the slightest hint of pineapple flavor, but full of extra moisture that carrots alone would never manage to yield.
After having my first bite of this incredible carrot cake, I threw out all my other carrot cake recipes (and I had a few, as "Rüeblitorte" also is a Swiss specialty). I just couldn't get myself to eating any other kind of carrot cake again.
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Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the softened butter and cream cheese until well blended. Add the confectioners' sugar and continue beating for 2 more minutes. Mix in the hot water.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Whisk together the eggs, sugar, and oil in a large bowl. In another bowl, swift together all the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda and powder, cinnamon, and salt. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Add the carrots, pineapple, walnuts, and vanilla extract.
Grease an 8-inch brownie pan or a 9-inch round cake pan. Transfer the batter to the pan and bake for about 50 minutes. Remove from the oven, let cool, and serve with the frosting.