Carrot Cake (The Best Ever)

Carrot Cake

Ingredients

1 pound carrots

2 cups white sugar

1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple with juice

3/4 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

4 eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup flaked coconut

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/2 cup raisins

1 1/2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons orange zest

1 tablespoon fresh orange juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat 3 – 10 inch cake pans with Crisco Shortening. Flour pans and tap out excess flour.

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, salt, soda and pumpkin pie spice. Set aside. In a separate bowl, combine coconut, walnuts and raisins. Set aside.  If you don’t have raisins, you can use chopped dates.

Grate carrots (to make 3 cups). Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine sugar, pineapple with juice, oil and applesauce. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add vanilla and carrots.

Add flour mixture and beat on low speed until combined. Add coconut, walnuts and raisins and combine.

Put batter into 10 inch greased and floured cake pans.  Bake at 350 degrees F until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack. Invert onto serving plate.  After the cakes are cool, frost, and refrigerate one hour.

To make the frosting: In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, butter, confectioner sugar, orange zest and juice. Beat until smooth.

 

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Blueberry Glaze

Blueberry Glaze

Ingredients

2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons cornstarch, mixed with 2 tablespoons cold water

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Zest of 1 lemon (about 1 tablespoon), optional

Directions

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the blueberries, 1/2 cup of water, sugar and lemon juice. Stir frequently, and bring to a low boil.

In a small bowl, whisk the cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of cold water.

Slowly stir the cornstarch into the blueberries, taking care not to crush the blueberries. Simmer until the homemade blueberry sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon, about 5 minutes.

Remove from heat and gently stir in vanilla and lemon zest.