Monday, March 16, 2009

Easy Orange Carrot Cake

If you like carrot cake this is a very easy recipe that I found in a magazine. I love it because it has a touch of orange flavor and because it uses a cake mix as a base so it is really easy.
1 pkg yellow cake mix
1 pkg instant vanilla pudding mix
2 tsp cinnamon
4 eggs
2/3 cup orange juice
1/2 cup oil
3 cups grated carrots
1/2 cup raisins (optional)- I don't put these in because I don't like raisins in cake
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Orange Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 pkg (8oz) cream cheese
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
1-2 TBSP orange juice
1 TBSP grated orange peel (the zest from about 1 med. orange)

Combine cake mix, pudding mix and cinnamon. Whisk the eggs, orange juice and oil: add to dry ingredients. Beat until well blended. Stir in the carrots, raisins and nuts.
Pour batter into 2 greased 9 in round pans and bake at 350 for 30-35 min. Let cool before frosting. Store the cake in the fridge.

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