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8 February, 2018

Gift Giving Carrot Cake

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This gift giving carrot cake recipe will be a winner when you give it to your loved ones.  This carrot cake is rich and moist, topped with a silky lemon frosting that will compliment it nicely.

Carrot Cake

3 cups unsifted flour

2 tsp baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 eggs

1 – 1/2 cups sugar

3/4 cup mayonnaise

1 – 20 ounce can of crushed pineapple in juice, well drained.  Reserve 1/2 cup juice.

3 cups coarsely shredded carrots

1 cup raisins

1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

Silky Lemon Frosting (recipe follows)

Grease and flour six 5-1/2″x3″x2-1/2″ loaf pans or two 9″ x5″x3″ loaf pans.  Mix first five ingredients.  In large bowl with mixer at medium speed,  beat eggs, sugar, mayonnaise crushed pineapple and 1/2 cup juice until well blended.  Gradually beat in flour mixture until well mixed.  Stir in remaining ingredients.  Turn into prepared pans.  Bake at 350 degrees for 50 – 55 minutes or until tester inserted into center comes out clean.  Cool in pans for ten minutes.  Remove from pans.

Frost with Silky Lemon Frosting and refrigerate.

Silky Lemon Frosting

In small bowl with mixer at low speed, beat 1 package 8 ounce cream cheese, softened and 1/2 cup butter until smooth.  Beat in 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind.  Gradually beat in 1 1/2 cups unsifted confectioner’s sugar until light and fluffy.

This is where you can get creative with wrapping your loaves for giving them away as gifts.  There are hundreds of creative wrappings for cakes, candies, and cookies on the internet and you can customize them to your liking or theme them for a specific holiday.  Get creative!   I love giving food as gifts over any store bought item.  It shows the recipient that you truly took the time to give them a unique gift that was thoughtful and made with love.  Remember Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and giving desserts as gifts can be a better way to say I love you!

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