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Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

We made this for our daughter's wedding. We stirred it all by hand and baked it in frying pans of varied sizes. After decorating it with pink frosting roses, we transported it 50 miles to the church in the back of a car!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/3 cups canola oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2-1/2 cups finely shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • CREAM CHEESE ICING:
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • Dash salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the oil, eggs and sugar. Combine the flour, baking powder, soda and cinnamon; add to wet ingredients and beat well. Stir in carrots and nuts.
  • Pour into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for about 50 minutes or until cake tests done.
  • For frosting, beat cream cheese and sugar in a medium bowl. Gradually add the salt, vanilla and milk, beating until smooth. Add additional milk if needed to reach desired consistency. Spread over cooled cake.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 597 calories, 32g fat (5g saturated fat), 79mg cholesterol, 341mg sodium, 75g carbohydrate (54g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.
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  • Donalee2
    Mar 17, 2015

    YOU CAN ALWAYS USE HALF OIL AND HALF APPLESAUCE TO CUT DOWN THE FAT WHICH WOULD MAKE THE CALORIES LESS TOO. I AM GOING TO MAKE THIS RECIPE TODAY. PHYL32

  • natsquared
    Apr 3, 2012

    My family all love this cake. It is so yummy!

  • amelia.wellman123
    Mar 12, 2012

    The cake is good but the icing is just a little too sweet. definitely a good idea to add a little more cream cheese and subtract a little of the icing sugar.

  • administrator
    Jan 18, 2012

    Been using for over 35 years

  • loriburbridge
    Oct 17, 2011

    This recipe was super easy and tasty. I don't like super sweet frosting so I used 8 oz of cream cheese in the frosting. Turned out good.

  • Black Lady
    Apr 21, 2011

    I think there is too much oil in this for me.

  • debstub
    Jun 23, 2010

    I made this for my friend's birthday (it was the first time I'd made a carrot cake before) and everyone raved about it--even my fiance who doesn't like vegetables and desserts mixed! I like my cream cheese icing a little more cream-cheesy though so I modified it to my taste, but the cake was absolutely delicious!!

  • teamjgh
    Mar 31, 2010

    simple ingredients, great taste!! this will be my carrot cake recipe!