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Trella's Pineapple Carrot Cake Recipe

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2 cups sifted flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups shredded carrots
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
8 1/4 oz. can crushed pineapple, drained

Cream Cheese Frosting:
3 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tsp. milk

Grease a 9x13x2-inch baking pan. Dust lightly with flour; tap out excess. Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon into a large bowl. Make a well in the center and add in order: sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla; beat with wooden spoon until smooth. Stir in carrots, coconut, walnuts and pineapple until well-blended; pour into prepared pan. Bake in a preheated 350 oven for 45 minutes or until center springs back when lightly pressed with fingertip. (Center will sink slightly.) Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Frosting: In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese with butter. Beat in powdered sugar and vanilla. Add milk, if necessary to make frosting to a spreading consistency. Spread on cool cake.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Mom found this recipe in the newspaper many years ago. It makes a very traditional carrot cake that is one of the best we have ever tasted. The cake is thick, dense and chocked full of fruits, veggies and nuts!




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