Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

 Many of you who know me well, know that I am not a baker. I really really have to be in the mood to bake. Well to my surprise, I felt like it this weekend. I made Carrot Cake. I must say, this was delicious.  If you're a fan of carrot cake, this recipe is worth trying out!

2 1/2 cups of unbleached flour
1 cup white sugar
1 cup dark brown sugar
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 1/4 cup canola oil
3 cups grated carrots
1 20 oz. can crushed pineapple, drained
1/3 cup black currants
1/3 cup golden raisins
1 cup dried grated coconut
1 tsp. vanilla extract
4 eggs

For the Cream Cheese Frosting
2 sticks butter
2 8 oz. pkgs cream cheese
6 cups confectioner's sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tsp. fresh lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 350°. Next combine all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Next add the oil and blend with the ingredients. Add the eggs and combine well. To this add the vanilla extract, currants, raisins, coconut, pineapple, and carrots and combine. Pour the mixture into two round greased 8" baking pans and bake for approximately 40-45 minutes. Check the center of the cake with a toothpick to make sure it comes out clean. Once baked, transfer the cakes to a cooling rack.

For the frosting:
Using an electric mixer, whip the cream cheese until it's nice and smooth. Next add the butter and blend well with the mixer. Add the confectioner's sugar in batches until it's combined well. Next add the vanilla and lemon juice and blend.

Place one cake on a cake dish and top with frosting. Make sure the loaves are cool, otherwise the frosting will melt and make a mess. Add the other cake on top of the frosting and begin to frost the sides and top. Smooth over with an icing spatula. Garnish the top of the cake with baby carrots.


Debbie said...

omg....this looks....SOOOO GOOD! Badi's even drooling all over the laptop. Carrot Cake is his fav! :)

way to go, baker Roxanne! :)

Melanie said...

Hey chica!! Can you do this cake in a 9x13 pan??

Rox said...

You could totally do this in a 9x13 pan. You'll just have a slightly thinner cake, but it will work. Happy baking!

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