Sunday, June 12, 2011

Gourmet Carrot Cake (adapted from Book Lovers Cafe Gainesville, FL recipe)


2 cups Flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp cloves
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 1/4 cup canola oil
4 eggs
3 cups grated carrots
3/4 cups diced walnuts
1 Tbsp lemon zest
dash of vanilla

Preheat oven at 350 degrees.
Sift dry ingredients (first 7 ingredients) in separate bowl. Beat together sugar and oil in a large bowl. Then beat in the eggs one at a time. Slowly mix in flour mixture, then add the rest of the ingredients: carrots, walnuts, zest, vanilla. Pour into (2) 9 inch greased and floured rounds cake pans. Bake 50-60 minutes. Then cool, ice and garnish with walnuts.


8z cream cheese, softened
6 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 1/c cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp lemon zest
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp powdered cloves

Blend all ingredients until smooth with an electric mixer.

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