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Liz’s Carrot Cake

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Liz's Carrot Cake
Recipe type: Dessert
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin spice
  • ½ teas. salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup cooked carrot puree **TIP: buy shredded carrots and then steam them to soften**
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 cup golden raisins (optional)
  • ½ cup cinnamon applesauce
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Spray pans with cooking spray.
  3. Onto a piece of wax paper, sift the flour, baking powder, pumpkin spice, and salt.
  4. In large bowl, with a electric mixer on high, beat the eggs and granulated sugar until light yellow. Beating constantly, slowly add the oil, taking 4 or 5 minutes to blend well. Beat in the carrot puree and vanilla.
  5. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the flour mixture just until it disappears, then fold in the raisins, applesauce, and walnuts. Spoon the batter into the pan(s) until almost half full.
  6. Bake and cool according to type of cake (see Notes).
  7. Frost with cream cheese frosting.
  8. While the cake cools, make the frosting.
  9. Swirl on the top of the cooled cakes. You can also sprinkle with more nuts for a decoration.
Notes
Cooking Time: Cupcakes: Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs. Let the cupcakes cool in the pan on racks for 5 minutes before turning out onto the racks to cool completely. Bundt Cake: 1 hour 10 minutes. Let rest 15 minutes before removing from pan. Layer Cake: Check at 25 minutes to 35 minutes.

 

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