Surprise Carrot Cake Recipe
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Surprise Carrot Cake Recipe

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A cousin gave me this carrot cake recipe. It's a wonderful potluck pleaser with its "surprise" cream cheese center. My husband and our two young children love it, too! —Lisa Bowen, Little Britian, Ontario
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 55 min.
MAKES:12-16 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 55 min.
MAKES: 12-16 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 cups shredded carrots
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • FILLING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • FROSTING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 570 calories, 30 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 92 mg cholesterol, 442 mg sodium, 71 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 6 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, beat the carrots, sugar, oil and eggs until well blended. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; gradually beat into carrot mixture until blended. Stir in the pecans. Pour 3 cups batter into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan.
  2. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg. Spoon over batter. Top with remaining batter.
  3. Bake at 350° for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. For frosting, in a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla until fluffy. Gradually add confectioners' sugar until smooth. Frost cake. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Originally published as Surprise Carrot Cake in Country Woman September/October 2001, p29

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Reviewed Feb. 24, 2016

"Boobeau 5105 If you add 2 or 3 Tablespoons of flour, enough to stiffen it up a little for the cream cheese filling, the texture will be much better and stay in place instead of rising to the top. Just a suggestion."

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Reviewed Jan. 24, 2016

"Absolutely delicious. The reason for 4 stars instead of 4: The filling didn't stay in the cake, kind of emerged in the surface - but it might have been my mistake, maybe I made it too liquidy. Next time I would make less frosting, it is delicious but when used on the cake it's a little bit too thick."

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Reviewed Jul. 1, 2015

"My husband took this cake to work and the next food sharing day he came home with a request for another one. I find it easiest to make the "surprise" by putting it in a plastic bag, cutting off the corner and piping it."

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Reviewed Jun. 18, 2015

"I also made this for Easter. It is delicious!!"

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Reviewed May. 6, 2014

"Made this for

Easter it was great!"

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