Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 6-inch cake pan with 2-inch high sides with parchment paper or a silicone liner.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and salt.
Stir chopped pecans into the flour mixture until well coated. Set aside.
In a large bowl, beat egg and sugars together for 2 minutes with a whisk or electric mixer until lightened in color and thickened.
Whisk in vanilla extract, followed by vegetable oil, crushed pineapple, and grated carrots, mixing well after each addition.
Gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and fold with a rubber spatula until just combined.
Pour batter into prepared cake pan. Drop from a few inches onto countertop to minimize air bubbles.
Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean or with a few moist clubs.
Prepare Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting
Whip brown butter with an electric mixer until lightened in color. Add cream cheese and beat until smooth. Mix in vanilla.
Gradually add powdered sugar and mix well.
Beat another 2 minutes until frosting is light and fluffy. Spread onto cooled cake layers.
Toasting pecans: To toast your pecans, spread them on a rimmed baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven at 350° for 5-10 minutes, checking and stirring every few minutes. Your pecans are done when they're a deeper golden brown on the outside, a light tan color on the inside, and have a toasty, nutty aroma.Room Temperature Brown Butter: To make the brown butter cream cheese frosting for this mini carrot cake, you'll need brown butter that is softened, but not melted. To achieve this, I typically brown my butter, and then place it in a heatproof container in the fridge for about an hour. The butter should be cold, but still mostly soft. If it has gotten too solid, just let it sit at room temperature a bit before using it in your cream cheese frosting.
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Mini Carrot Cake - Recipe for Small Carrot Cake for Two posted on March 19, 2021 by Chenée Today at https://cheneetoday.com/mini-carrot-cake/