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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Quick and Easy Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Frosting

James and I made this cake for a friend's 92 birthday today! We made her a cute little 5 inch round layer cake. It was so cute! I forgot to take a picture though.

This is an amazing cake. It is a short cut to my mom's carrot cake recipe. Read the entire recipe first.

Prepare a Butter Golden Cake Mix as directed on the box except add one extra egg. After mixed add:

8 oz. crushed pineapple with juice
2 cups grated carrots
1 cup coconut
1 cup walnuts

Pour into 3 - 8 inch cake pans greased and floured. Bake 350 until done about 35-40 minutes. You might want to check after about 30 minutes your first time to bake it. Insert tooth pick and see if it is done.

Buttermilk Glaze for Carrot Cake

About 5 minutes before the cakes are done, bring 1 cup sugar, 1/2 teaspoon soda, and
1/2 cup buttermilk, 1 stick margarine to a boil. When you take the cakes from the oven
pour the buttermilk glaze evenly over the layers. Cool in pan and then turn out to cool.
I like to freeze these when they are cool on separate plates. Then I can frost them easier.

Easy Cream Cheese Frosting
1 stick margarine softened
1 lb. powdered sugar and up to a cup more as needed
8 oz. cream cheese softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
Optional: Sometimes I like to add some orange juice concentrate or flavoring.
Beat the margarine and cream cheese until well blended add the powdered sugar a little
at a time until it reaches the right consistency. If you put it all in at once it will go all
over your kitchen. Add the vanilla and/or orange flavoring or juice concentrate. Spread
on cake and refrigerate.
I do not like to transport cakes frosted with this during the summer. Especially if you live in the south. It is wonderful for all your fall celebrations. It is also good as a topping for bundt type cakes and cinnamon rolls.


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