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Recipe: Carrot Cake


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16 to 20 servings

Oil or butter for greasing the pan

2 cups all-purpose flour

½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut

½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)

1½ teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground cloves

¼ teaspoon ground allspice

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

½ cup canola or grapeseed oil

1½ cups brown sugar

4 large eggs

1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

8 ounces grated or shredded carrots (about 3 loosely packed cups)

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

2 cups powdered sugar

1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9- by 13-inch pan. Put the flour, coconut, walnuts (if desired), baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cloves and allspice in a large bowl and stir to combine. Beat ¾ cup (1½ sticks) butter, the oil and the brown sugar with the paddle attachment of a stand mixer (or with an electric mixer) until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract and beat for two minutes. Gently stir in the flour mixture, then fold in the carrots. Transfer the batter to the greased pan and bake until a knife inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes. Cool the cake.

2. Meanwhile, beat the remaining ¼ cup (½ stick) butter and the cream cheese with the paddle attachment of a stand mixer (or with an electric mixer) until well combined. Add the powdered sugar and beat on low speed to combine, then add the remaining 1 tablespoon vanilla. Beat for at least 10 minutes.

3. Spread the frosting on the cake and serve. (Store leftover cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a few days.)

L.V. Anderson, Slate



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