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Homemade Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

Makes 15 servings
Prep Time: 25 min
Baking Time: 50 min
Cooling Time: 1 hr.

Ingredients:

  • 1 - cup butter (melted)
  • 1 - cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 - cup sugar
  • 3 - eggs
  • 1 - can (11-ounce) mandarin oranges (undrained)
  • 2-1/2 - teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 - teaspoons freshly grated orange peel
  • 2-3/4 - cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 - Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 - teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 - teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 - cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/2 - cup chopped pecans
  • 4 - medium (2 cups) carrots, grated
  • Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe below)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350�F. Greased and floured 9x13-inch baking pan.

  1. Combine 1 cup butter, brown sugar, sugar and eggs in large bowl.
  2. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy.
  3. Add mandarin oranges, 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla and orange peel. Continue beating until well mixed.
  4. Reduce speed to low; add flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt.
  5. Beat, scraping bowl often, until well mixed.
  6. Stir in coconut, 1/2 cup pecans and carrots.
  7. Pour into baking pan and bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  8. Cool completely and make frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients:

  • 3-1/2 - cups powdered sugar
  • 1 - package (8-ounce) cream cheese (softened)
  • 2 - Tablespoons butter (softened)
  • 2 - teaspoons vanilla
  • Chopped pecans (if desired)

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, combine powered sugar, cream cheese, butter, and vanilla.
  2. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until smooth.
  3. Frost cooled cake. Sprinkle with pecans, if desired.

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