spiced carrot cake with maple cream cheese frosting

Spiced Carrot Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
Makes one 8 x 8 cake + enough frosting for the cake and then some

Cake adapted from Joy of Cooking

For the cake:
1 1/3 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fine ground pepper
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup Greek yogurt
3 eggs
1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
1 1/2 cup carrots, finely shredded by hand or in a food processor

For the frosting:
5 tablespoons butter, softened
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup

Preheat the oven to 350. Line a 8 x 8 pan with two sheets of parchment and butter the parchment. Set aside.

Whisk the flour, sugars, and spices together in a large bowl. In a small bowl whisk together the oil, yogurt, eggs, vanilla bean seeds then add to the flour mixture and fold to combine. Add the carrots until fully incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. Let cool completely before frosting the cake.

To make the frosting, beat the butter, cream cheese and powdered sugar together until smooth and well combined. Add the maple syrup and mix well. Refrigerate the frosting for about 20 minutes to firm it up a bit, then frost away!