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Cranberry-Carrot Layer Cake Recipe

Cranberry-Carrot Layer Cake Recipe

This moist cake smothered with rich cream cheese frosting makes any dinner festive. Every autumn, I go to a cranberry festival in Wisconsin and load up on fresh cranberries to freeze for year-round cooking. —Nellie Runne, Rockford, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling YIELD:14 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/4 cups canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel, optional

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, brown sugar, oil and orange peel. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and cloves; gradually add to egg mixture and mix well. Stir in carrots and cranberries.
  • 2. Pour into two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 3. For frosting, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar, milk, ginger and orange peel if desired.
  • 4. Cut each cake horizontally into two layers. Place bottom layer on a serving plate; spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake. Yield: 14 servings.