Carrot Cake

Carrot cake is one of those recipes that I have to admit I had never made before.  It is amazing how a little vegetable can turn a cake into something so yummy.  Perfect for your Easter dessert.

I have said before that my family is not a fan of cream cheese. There is seriously something wrong there! This includes my Mom and sisters. So whenever I bring a dish I have to make sure it doesn't include this dreaded ingredient.  When we were together talking about the Easter dinner menu they brought up a carrot cake. I quickly mentioned it has a cream cheese icing and the argument I received was " use regular icing instead"  I am sure that would be good, but I think cream cheese makes anything better. How about you?  

Carrot Cake

4 eggs
 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
 2 cups white sugar
 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
 2 cups all-purpose flour
 2 teaspoons baking soda
 2 teaspoons baking powder
 1/2 teaspoon salt
 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
 3 cups grated carrots
 1 cup chopped pecans

 1/2 cup butter, softened
 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
 4 cups confectioners' sugar
 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
 1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan. I used two 9 inch round pans. In a large bowl, beat together eggs, oil, white sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Mix in flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Stir in carrots. Fold in pecans. Pour into prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.

To Make Icing: In a medium bowl, combine butter, cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Stir in chopped pecans. Frost the cooled cake.

This recipe was included in my food column in a recent issue of Chesapeake Style Magazine. I have been super blessed to be able to share my love of food with my local community. This magazine can be viewed online if you would like to check it out. 

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