World's best carrot cake

Yield: 12 Servings

Measure Ingredient
4 \N Etra large eggs
1¾ cup Sugar
1½ cup Vegetable oil
2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
2 cups Flour;sifted
½ teaspoon Salt
2 teaspoons Baking soda
2 teaspoons Cinnamon;ground
1 teaspoon Ginger;ground
⅛ teaspoon Cloves;ground
⅛ teaspoon Nutmeg;grated
1 pounds Carrots;peeled and grated
1 cup Walnut;pieces
1 pounds Cream cheese;room temp.
1 \N Butter;stick,softened
2 cups Confectioners',sugar,sifted
1 teaspoon Vanilla
2 tablespoons Dark rum or brandy



Beat the eggs with the sugar until fluffy.Slowly add the oil in a steady stream mixing constantly.Mix in the vanilla.

Sift the flour with the salt,baking soda,cinnamon,ginger,cloves and nutmeg and mix well.Fold the carrots and walnut pieces into the batter.Pour into two greased and flourd 9" layer pans and bake in a preheated 350 deg.oven for 45 minutes or until a tester comes out with a crumb clinging to it.... Cool on a rack for 10 minutes in the pans.Unmold,and allow to finish cooling.Meanwhile,mix up the icing by beating the cream cheese until smooth with the butter.Add the confectioners' sugar and beat until very light and fluffy.Mix in the vanilla and rum or brandy...

Place one layer on a serving plate.Frost the top with a thick coat of the cream cheese icing.Top with the other layer of the cake.Frost the sides and top of the cake with the remaining icing,swirling the icing on top.Makes 12 servings...

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