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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Carrot Cake Bars

One thing that my mother n law and granddaughter has in common is that they both love(d) carrot cake. Here is a festive idea of carrot cake bars from Womans Day.

3 large eggs

1 jar (3.5-oz) baby-food strained carrots
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp each baking powder and ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp salt
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups grated carrots
1/2 cup each raisins and chopped pecans

Cream Cheese Frosting
3 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1 pkg (3 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
Heat oven to 350°F. You'll need a 13 x 9-in. baking pan lined with nonstick foil; let foil extend over ends of pan. In large bowl with mixer on medium speed, beat eggs, strained carrots, brown sugar, oil, vanilla, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice and salt until combined. On low speed, beat in flour until blended. Stir in grated carrots, raisins and pecans. Spread in prepared pan. Bake 22 to 24 minutes, until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack.Cream Cheese Frosting: In small bowl with mixer on medium, beat butter, cream cheese and vanilla until creamy and fluffy. On low speed, beat in confectioners' sugar until thick and spreadable. Spread over carrot cake. Lift foil by ends onto cutting board. Cut crosswise into 6 strips; cut each strip into 4 bars. Decorate each bar with marzipan holly leaves and berries

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  1. This sounds delicious and I will be trying it as I love carrotcake
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. This looks like a wonderful dessert! I would love to give it a try!! <3

  3. That looks really good but I would have never imagined the use of baby food. Wow you caught me off guard.

  4. I used to not like carrot cake/bars because I thought they taste like veggies. Your recipe looks like I can make my own carrot bar because of that baby food ingredient it makes the process easier.

  5. Those are great for any occasion, especially if your not sure what to make. They look so good and the frosting is always the best part.

  6. Oh this is my Mom's favorite dessert :) I should learn making it and make her proud.

  7. This is one of my favourite all time sweets to eat! This recipe sounds so good, definitely saving.

  8. This is one of my favourite all time sweets to eat! This recipe sounds so good, definitely saving.

  9. My husband LOVES carrot cake. I'll have to make this for him!


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