Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Absolutely delicious and a memorable cake. A must.

Sourced from: Good Housekeeping, Best-Loved Desserts. Hearst Books.


For Carrot Cake: 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons baking soda, 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 4 large eggs, 2 cups granulated sugar, 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar, 1 cup vegetable oil, 1/4 cup milk, 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, 3 cups loosely packed shredded carrots (about 6 medium), 1 cup walnuts chopped, 3/4 cup dark seedless rasins For Cream Cheese Frosting: 2 packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese, 6 tablespoons butter softened, 3 cups confectioners' sugar, 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


For Carrot Cake: 1. Preheat oven to 350 deg F. Grease 13" by 9" baking pan. Line bottom with waxed paper; grease paper. Dust pan with flour. 2. In medium bowl, with wire whisk, mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and nutmeg: set aside. 3. In large bowl, with mixer at medium-high speed, beat eggs and granulated and brown sugars until blended, about 2 minutes, frequently scrapping bowl with rubber spatula. Beat in oil, milk, and vanilla. Reduce speed to low; add flour mixture and beat until smooth, about 1 minute, scraping bowl occasionally. Fold in carrots, walnuts, and raisins. 4. Spoon butter into prepared pan; spread evenly. Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out almost clean, 55 to 60 minutes. 5. Cool in pan on wire rack 10 minutes. Run thin knife around edges to loosen cake from sides of pan. Invert onto wire rack. Remove waxed paper: cool completely. 6. Meanwhile, prepare Cream Cheese Frosting. (Recipe is below) 7. Transfer cooled cake to cake plate. With narrow metal spatula, spread frosting over top and sides of cake. For Cream Cheese Frosting: In a large bowl, with mixer at low speed, beat cream cheese, butter, confectioners' sugar, and vanilla just until blender. Increase speed to medium. Beat until smooth and fluffy, about 1 minute, frequently scraping bowl with rubber spatula.

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