Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Betty Salisbury's Coconut Carrot Cake

This has been a favorite treat of ours in Peru. Simply delicious! 

2 cups flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup oil
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 can crushed pineapple (no juice, well drained)
2 cups grated carrots (well-packed)
1 1/2 cups coconut
1/2 cup chopped pecans

1 cup coconut plus 1/2 cup to sprinkle on top of cake
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese
1/2 cup butter
3 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix first 4 ingredients. Beat oil, sugar and eggs, adding flour mixture as you do so. Beat. Add pineapple, carrots, coconut and nuts. Pour into a greased and floured 13x9 inch pan. Bake in 350 oven for 50-60 minutes. Prepare frosting by lightly toasting 1 cup coconut and then mixing it with 1/2 cup butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, milk and vanilla. Cover the cooled cake and sprinkle with 1/2 cup coconut.

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