Thursday, May 14, 2009

Copycat Recipe: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store's Carrot Cake

3/4 cup finely-chopped English walnuts
2 cups finely-shredded carrots
1 cup crushed pineapple (8 oz can) -- with juice
1/2 cup finely-shredded coconut
1/2 cup raisins -- soaked in water until plump, and then drained
1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
3 cup flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt

1 8 ounces cream cheese
1 stick butter -- room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups powder sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans -- for garnish

Mix together flour, baking powder,baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and
cloves. Set aside. In a large bowl mix with beater oil, sugars,vanilla and eggs
until smooth and fluffy. Add pineapple, walnuts, coconut,carrots, raisins and
blend well.

Gradually add flour mixture a half at a time until blended through. Pour
batter into a greased and floured 9- by 13-inch pan and bake at 350 degrees for
about 40 to 50 minutes. Test with toothpick for doneness. When cool frost with
cream cheese frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting: Blend cream cheese and butter until light and
fluffy. Add vanilla and a little powdered sugar at a time until all has been
blended well. Turn mixer on high and beat until frosting is light and fluffy.
Spread frosting over the cooled cake and sprinkle with pecans.

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