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Best Carrot Cake Ever


Ingredients

  • 1¼ cup applesauce
  • 2 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon chile powder or chipotle powder (trust me!)
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (optional) + 1 cup for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple in juice, not drained

Frosting

  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 lb powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine first three ingredients into a bowl.
  3. In another bowl mix all dry ingredients together and then add to applesauce mixture.
  4. Next combine carrots, coconut, nuts, vanilla and pineapple together. Then add to the applesauce mixture until well blended.
  5. Pour into two greased 8 or 9-inch pans.
  6. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Let cakes cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting:

  1. Beat the butter and cream cheese until nice and fluffy. Add vanilla and powdered sugar and beat until smooth.
  2. Frost the cake until complete and serve! Add chopped pecans or walnuts for garnish.
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