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basic carrot cake

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups grated carrots
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped nuts optional
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Sift together in a large bowl the sugar, flour, soda, salt and cinnamon. Add the oil and mix well. Add the eggs, one egg at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add carrots, nuts and vanilla and mix thoroughly. Pour into a floured and greased 13 x 9 x 2 inch cake pan. Bake in a 350º oven for 30 minutes. Cool in pan. Frost when cooled.

Here is a very different recipe, adding pineapple and coconut to your basic carrot cake recipe. These two additions give the cake a very unique flavor:

  1. 2 ¾ cups grated carrots
  2. 2 cups flour
  3. 2 cups white sugar
  4. 1 ½ cups oil
  5. 1 cup flaked coconut
  6. ¾ cup chopped walnuts (I always say nuts are optional)
  7. 4 eggs
  8. 1 - 8 ounce can crushed pineapple (drain)
  9. 2 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  10. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  11. 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  12. 1 teaspoon salt
  13. Mix together, in a small bowl, the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. In a large bowl, mix together, the sugar, oil and eggs. Add in flour mixture, mixing well. Add in carrots, pineapple, nuts and coconut and mix thoroughly. Pour into a greased and floured 9x13 cake pan. Bake in a 325º oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until middle is done. Allow to cool before frosting.