Carrot Cake

“This was one of my childhood favorites! It’s my Grandmas carrot cake with cream cheese icing. We used to make them in little loaf pans for maximum icing coverage!” — Marina Sousa

INGREDIENTS:

Cake
3 cups grated carrots
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups Crisco oil
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup chopped walnuts

Cream Cheese Icing
1/2 cup butter
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 lb. powdered sugar

METHOD:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 9 x 13 oblong cake pan. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine carrots, eggs, sugar and vegetable oil and mix until well blended. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Pour into prepared baking pan and bake for 55 minutes. Cool.

For Icing

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter, cream cheese, and vanilla together until well blended. Beat in powdered sugar. Spread the icing on cake(s).

VARIATION:

Bake the batter in six small baking tins, 4 3/4 x 2 1/2 inches, using about 1 cup of batter per pan. Decrease baking time to 40 minutes. 

SOURCE: Dorothy Chiesa

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