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Carrot Cake with Black Walnut Frosting

Perfectly finishes the perfect dinner.

Yield: Serves 12

Ingredients

Cake

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup grapeseed oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 cups finely-grated carrots
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped

Frosting

  • 1- 8oz. package cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup butter (room temperature)
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. black walnut extract or another flavoring (butter pecan, butter nut)
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla nut extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Spray two 8- or 9-inch round pans (2 inches tall) with cooking spray and dust with flour
  3. Combine sugar, oil and eggs and beat for one minute
  4. Mix in vanilla
  5. Mix in all remaining ingredients except carrots and nuts
  6. Beat about one minute
  7. Fold in carrots and nuts
  8. Pour into pans and bake for 30 minutes
  9. Let cool before frosting

Frosting
  1. Beat butter, cream cheese and extracts until smooth
  2. Add powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time and beat until frosting reaches a spreading consistency
  3. Frost between layers and on top of cake


Alternatives

  1. Add golden raisins or pineappl
  2. Substitute 2 cups shredded zucchini in place of the shredded carrots


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