Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Carrot Cake

One of my family's favorite cakes is carrot cake. This recipe was my dad's. Like his sugar cookies, it was always popular with family, friends, and coworkers.

It's a simple-to-make, flavorful cake with a delicious cream cheese frosting.

Dad's Carrot Cake
2 C. sugar
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 C. flour
3 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 C. oil (I sometimes use half the oil and add 3/4 C. unsweetened applesauce)
5 eggs
3 C. grated carrots
1 C. chopped walnuts

Mix dry ingredients and  then add rest of ingredients, beating well. Bake in a greased 9x13 inch pan at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour (until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean). Allow to cool completely before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting
1 stick butter or margarine, softened
1 (8 oz) box cream cheese, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
4 C. powdered sugar

Cream together butter/margarine, cream cheese, and vanilla. Add powdered sugar and beat well. Cake will need to be refrigerated once frosted.

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