Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray two 9-inch cake pans with baking spray. Take a pastry brush and brush the spray all over the inside of the pans to make sure they are evenly coated. Add a circle of parchment paper to the bottom of the pan, not up the sides. Spray with baking spray, set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cloves.
Place the butter and sugars in the body of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment or you can do this in a large bowl with an electric hand mixer, mix until smooth. Add the eggs one at a time until incorporated and add the vanilla. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until just combined, scrape down the sides, and stir for about 30 seconds until everything is mixed in well.
Add the carrots, pineapple, half of the walnuts, and the raisins, stir until everything is incorporated.
Divide the batter between the two cake pans. Smooth out the top and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean, a few crumbs hanging on is okay but no wet batter.
Let cool for 10 minutes in the pans. Invert the pans and let cool completely on a wire rack.
While the cakes cool, make the frosting by adding the cream cheese and butter to the body of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Whip on medium until smooth. Add the vanilla, powdered sugar, and cinnamon, mix to combine. Scrape down the sides as needed. Turn the mixer on to medium-high and whip until light and fluffy, 2 minutes.
Once the cakes are cool, take the parchment paper off the bottoms. Place one of the cakes bottom side down onto your serving platter. There should be very little doming but if there is you can trim off a bit to make it more even. Add 1 & ½ cups of the frosting on top of the cake and smooth it out to the edge.
Invert the second cake and place it bottom side up on top of the frosting. Add a crumb coat to the entire cake. Place it in the fridge for at least 2 hours to set.
Frost with the remaining cream cheese frosting. Add the walnuts along the bottom edge of the cake. Slice and serve!
The addition of the nutmeg and clove gives a nice warmth to the cake but you can leave it out and add more cinnamon in its place.
You can also add or subtract your pineapple, nuts and raisins those are all optional but give it great flavor.
If you don't like regular raisins golden raisins are known to be used in carrot cake as well.
This needs to fully cool before it is frosted.
You can freeze the layers of this cake for later assembly.
If you want taller layers, you can bake them in a high sided 8" baking pan.
Layered Carrot Cake Recipe found on https://thissillygirlskitchen.com/layered-carrot-cake/ *All nutritional information is approximate and may not be 100% accurate. Please consult a nutritionist for more specific information.