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Cranberry-Carrot Layer Cake

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
  • Makes
    14 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/4 cups canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 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 whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest, optional
  • Sugared cranberries, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the eggs, brown sugar, oil and orange zest. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and cloves; gradually add to egg mixture and mix well. Stir in carrots and cranberries.
  • Pour into two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar, milk, ginger and orange zest if desired.
  • 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. If desired, top with sugared cranberries.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 729 calories, 43g fat (15g saturated fat), 112mg cholesterol, 420mg sodium, 84g carbohydrate (67g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • richardmoderate
    Jun 16, 2015

    id like to try this-i have 4 bags of dried cranberries i need to use-but i am hypoglycemic-can i substitute maple syrup or agave or honey for those 4 cups of sugar in the frosting???

  • kckamargo63
    Nov 21, 2014

    I made this cake using the orange peel and the result was a fantastic and flavorful cake. The frosting also benefits from the ginger and the orange peel. It tastes amazing!

  • rtdanes
    Dec 5, 2012

    Wonderfully moist cake, the cranberries are a great taste addition. The only change I made to cake, I did not have any orange peel so it wasn't put in cake. I made frosting as directed, minus orange peel and ground ginger (my family LOVES standard Cream Cheese Frosting).

  • Denise Porter
    Jun 13, 2009

    I thought the ginger in the frosting was a poor choice and substituted 1 tsp of cinnamon and used 1 tsp of orange peel to compliment the ingredients in the cake