Orange Carrot Cake

Course : Cakes
Serves: 12
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Ingredients:

3 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 cup coconut
2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups shredded carrots -- (4 medium)
1 1/3 cups vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon grated orange peel or
1 1/2 teaspoons orange extract
11 ounces or 1 1/4 cups mandarin oranges -- undrained
3 large eggs
--- CREAM CHEESE FROSTING ---
8 ounces cream cheese -- softened
2 tablespoons melted margarine or butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar
1 cup chopped nuts -- optional
 

Preparation / Directions:

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 13x9x2 pan. In large bowl blend all cake ingredients and beat 2 minutes at high speed. Pour into greased pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool. Frost with cream cheese frosting, if desired. Cream cheese frosting With mixer, combine cream cheese, butter, vanilla and powdered sugar; spread on cooled cake. Top with nuts, if desired.


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