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Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Monday, March 27, 2017

Spring is the perfect time of year to make a homemade carrot cake. With Easter right around the corner, this cake would be a perfect dessert for your Easter celebration. (Because what does the Easter Bunny like more than carrots? Carrot cake, right?)

And don't let a made from scratch carrot cake intimidate you! This recipe is really easy to make, and it tastes delicious!

Harris Sisters Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

1¼ cups unsweetened applesauce
2 cups granulated sugar
3 eggs, room temperature
2 cups all­ purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
2 cups grated carrots
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
1 cup chopped nuts
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup crushed pineapple (not drained)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 9-inch cake pans. Set aside.
  2. In large mixing bowl, combine applesauce, sugar, and eggs. 
  3. Mix in flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. 
  4. Stir in carrots, coconut, nuts, vanilla, and pineapple.
  5. Divide cake batter evenly between two prepared pans.
  6. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  7. Let cakes cool for 10 minutes in the pans. Then, remove to cooling racks and let cool completely.
  8. Prepare cream cheese frosting while cakes cool (recipe follows).

Cream Cheese Frosting

1 cup butter (softened)
16 oz cream cheese (softened)
2 tsp vanilla
2 lbs confectioners sugar

  1. Place the butter and cream cheese in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed until fluffy, about 30 seconds.
  2. Add the confectioners sugar and vanilla. Blend with the mixer on low speed until the sugar is incorporated, 1 minute. Increase the speed to medium and beat until light and fluffy, 1 minute more. 
  3. Use to frost the top and sides of the cake of your choice.
  4. Refrigerate frosted cake for an hour before serving for best results.
Harris Sisters Carrot Cake

If you're looking for other recipes for your Easter get-together, give these tried and true Harris Sisters recipes a try:

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