The carrots should be finely chopped or they may sink to the bottom of the pan during baking.This dessert is a delight for birthdays or special occasions.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens
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Best-Ever Carrot Cake

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Directions

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  • Allow eggs, butter, and cream cheese to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, grease the bottoms and 1 inch up the sides of two 8x4x2-inch loaf pans. Set pans aside.

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In large bowl stir together flour, baking powder, lemon peel, and salt; set aside.

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  • In a food processor bowl* process carrots with on-off turns until finely chopped. Add pecans and 12 cup of sugar; process until pecans are finely chopped.

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  • In extra-large mixing bowl beat butter and cream cheese for 30 seconds; beat in remaining 1 cup sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until combined. Stir carrot mixture and drained crushed pineapple into sugar-butter mixture until combined. Stir in flour mixture. Divide batter evenly among prepared pans.

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  • Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near centers comes out clean. Cool loaves in pan on wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely.

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  • Frost with Cream Cheese Frosting. Serve immediately or cover and store in refrigerator up to 3 days. Just before serving top with pineapple rings. Makes 2 loaves (20 1-slice servings).

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If you do not have a food processor, finely shred the carrots and finely chop the pecans. Prepare as directed above, except add the sugar all at once, stir in the shredded carrot with the pineapple, and stir in the pecans with the flour mixture.

Nutrition Facts (Best-Ever Carrot Cake)

470 calories; 23 g total fat; 11 g saturated fat; 2 g polyunsaturated fat; 8 g monounsaturated fat; 99 mg cholesterol; 340 mg sodium. 196 mg potassium; 63 g carbohydrates; 2 g fiber; 45 g sugar; 6 g protein; 5248 IU vitamin a; 5 mg vitamin c; 0 mg thiamin; 0 mg riboflavin; 2 mg niacin equivalents; 0 mg vitamin b6; 52 mcg folate; 0 mcg vitamin b12; 101 mg calcium; 2 mg iron;

Cream Cheese Frosting

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  • In a large mixing bowl combine the cream cheese, softened butter, and vanilla; beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the powdered sugar to reach spreading consistency.

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Reviews (1)

30 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 7
Rating: 1 stars
04/15/2017
I thought all carrot cakers were good, but this best-ever version did not have the flavor I would expect. It was also very dry. I definitely don't recommend!