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This is a carrot cake for people who don’t like carrot cake. I know this because I don’t like carrot cake or cream cheese frosting.
There are no nuts, or raisins, or little bits of fruits in this cake. It is just moist and tender and lightly spiced.
For the cake:
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Prepare three 8” round cake pans (or two 9” pans) by layering the bottom of the pans with circles of parchment paper and baking spray.
In the bowl of a mixer, cream the butter, oil and sugars. Add the eggs and vanilla and combine well. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients (flour through nutmeg). Add the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture and mix to combine.
Add the carrots and beat until you have a well mixed batter. Evenly divide the batter between the three (or two) cake pans.
Bake them at 350 F for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
Let the cake layers cool on a cooling rack.
While the cake is cooling, make the frosting:
Beat all of the frosting ingredients in a bowl with a hand mixer until completely combined and light and fluffy.
When the cake is completely cool, frost the cake, adding frosting to each layer before adding the next cake round.
Garnish with berries or pansies!
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
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