Peggy's Homemade Carrot Cake w/ Cream Cheese Icing
This is another old-timey dessert from Aunt Peggy. Actually, she's my cousins' aunt on the other side, but call her what you will, she's a fantastic dessert maker. (Also check out her Cherry Delight in my JAP recipes!) =^..^=
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- 3 c
- grated carrots
- 2 c
- 3 tsp
- 2 tsp
- 1 tsp
- baking powder
- 2 c
- 1 1/2 c
- vegetable oil
- 1 c
- chopped walnuts or pecans, optional
- 1/2 c
- flaked coconut, optional
- 1 1/2 stick
- butter or margarine, softened
- 6 oz
- (3/4 block) cream cheese, softened
- 1 tsp
- 3-3 1/2 c
- powdered sugar
- walnuts or pecans for decorating, optional
FOR THE CARROT CAKE:
WHIPPED CREAM CHEESE ICING
1Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Spray 13 x 9" pan with cooking spray and set aside. (I used a bundt pan in the photos & any other type of cake pan will work, too. Just adjust the baking times!)
NOTE: If you're using a bundt pan, spray it EXTRA-well. Don't ask me how I know this...
2Grate the carrots or, even better, have someone else grate the carrots while you measure, assemble, and mix. It's good to delegate when you can! Set the carrots aside when finished.
3In a medium mixing bowl, add the flour, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder. Using the mixer on LOW speed, mix together quickly. Or just stir it with a big fork, if you're afraid of a mess. Set aside.
7Bake at 350 degrees F for 40-50 minutes for the 13 x 9" pan size, or until a cake tester comes out clean. (Do NOT overbake, so check early!)
Remove from oven & cool completely before frosting. If you're not serving from the cake pan, only cool for 10 minutes before turning out the cake onto cooling racks.
8FOR THE WHIPPED CREAM CHEESE ICING: Cream the butter well with the mixer. Add the cream cheese & vanilla, then beat until blended. Gradually add the confectioners sugar and continue beating until the mixture is smooth & of the desired consistency. If the icing is too soft to spread, chill for awhile in the refrigerator.
11Refrigerate to set before serving. Then refrigerate any leftovers or any slices you're hiding for later to eat when the kids go to bed. (Your secret is safe with me!) =^..^=