I like to have a few recipes up my sleeve for those special celebrations--holiday gatherings with friends and family, birthdays and graduations. This cake always delights my guests. I developed this recipe years ago when a friend told me her husband particularly liked carrot cake. I baked it for his birthday. The recipe seemed perfect to use for my sleuth's sister Nikki's piece de resistance for the wedding expo in THE SILENCE OF THE LAMPS. I hope you enjoy it too.
Nikki's Carrot Surprise Cake
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease and flour 9 x 13 inch pan
1 ½ cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 ½ cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 ½ cups shredded carrots
½ cup crushed pineapple, drained
½ cup chopped walnuts
1 cup flaked coconut
Stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and orange zest in a large mixer bowl. To that mixture add sugar, oil and eggs. Beat on medium speed for about one minute until well-mixed. Then fold in carrots, pineapple, walnuts and coconut until completely blended.
Pour into 9x13" greased and floured cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely before frosting. After the cake is iced, refrigerate until you are ready to serve it.
Cream Cheese Frosting
½ cup butter (softened)
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese (softened)
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon orange zest
1 box (1 pound) Confectioners Sugar
KAREN ROSE SMITH
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