Molly's High Country Garden Carrot Cake
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- Ready In:
- 4 eggs
- 1 1⁄3 cups vegetable oil
- 2 3⁄4 cups white sugar
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 1⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 3 cups carrots, grated (on large side of grater)
- 1 cup pecans, chopped (optional, could also use raisins)
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1⁄8 cup butter, softened
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk (or cream)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan.
- In a large bowl, beat together eggs, oil, sugar and vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add flour mixture to egg mixture. Stir in grated carrots and pecans or raisins if using. Pour into prepared pan.
- Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and let cool. Turn the cake over onto a platter and let cool completely before frosting.
- For frosting, beat cream cheese and butter together with a mixer. Add vanilla and powdered sugar, and beat until combined. If necessary, add a tablespoon or two of milk or cream until the frosting is the consistency you like for spreading.
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