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Today's Round Up: Dessert
The other day, out of the blue, Markus said, "I want carrot cake." I had never made a carrot cake before, so I thought I would give it a go. I had most of the ingredients on hand and only had to pick up a few things at the store. This recipe is adapted from one I found on AllRecipes.com. I wasn't too excited about the amount of oil that the recipe called for, so I substituted applesauce for some of it and changed some other ingredients as well. This cake came out moist, delicious, and it was the perfect treat to usher in my favorite season! Happy first day of Fall!
* 4 eggs
* 3/4 cup vegetable oil
* 1/2 cup applesauce
* 1 cup white sugar
* 1 cup brown sugar
* 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
* 2 cups all-purpose flour
* 2 teaspoons baking soda
* 2 teaspoons baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
* 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
* 3 cups grated carrots
* 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
* 8 ozs. cream cheese, softened
* 2 cups confectioners' sugar
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan or two 9" rounds.
In medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. In a large bowl, beat together eggs, oil, applesauce, white sugar, brown sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Slowly add flour mixture. Stir in carrots. Pour into prepared pan(s).
Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a cooling rack and cool completely.
To make frosting: In a medium bowl, combine butter, cream cheese and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Slowly add confectioners' sugar to desired sweetness. Beat until mixture is smooth and creamy. Frost the cooled cake. Enjoy!