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Carrot Cake

Cook Time: 60-70 Minutes

Ingredients

Carrot Cake:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 (3 sticks) cups butter
  • 4 large eggs, you will use one at a time in steps 3 and 4
  • 1 Tablespoon Cook's Pure Choice Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 3 cups grated carrots
  • 3/4 cup crushed pineapple, well drained
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup raisins (soaked in hot water for 20 minutes -or longer, up to overnight-, then well drained)OPTIONAL


Cream Cheese Icing:

Directions

For the Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Grease and flour two 9 inch round cake pans or one 9X 13 inch oblong sheet cake pan.
  3. In a large bowl stir together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon,and sugars. Add 1-1/2 cups (3 stick) butter, one egg, and vanilla. Blend with electric mixer on low speed. Increase speed to medium and beat for two minutes.
  4. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add remaining eggs, one at a time, beating 30 seconds after each addition. Add carrots, pineapple, walnuts,coconut and raisins. Blend on LOW until thoroughly combined.
  5. Pour batter in to prepared pan(s). Bake in center of preheated oven for abour 60-70 minutes, until toothpick inserted into center should come out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes. Then invert cakes on to rack and cool to room temperature.

For Icing:

  1. In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese and butter on medium speed until smooth.
  2. Add lemon juice, lemon extract and vanilla. Beat until combined. Add sugar gradually, mixing on low until smooth.

To ice cake with layers:

With metal spatula, spread icing over the top of cake to form a thin filling.Place second layer over the first,ounded side up. Coat the top and sides of the cake evenly with remaining icing. Refridgerate 1 hour to set icing. Note: Warm spatula freguently under hot water then dry quickly to making spreading easy.

For sheet:

Spread icing over top and sides of cake.

May decorate top with walnut halves.