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Pumpkin Carrot Cake with Coconut and a Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Carrot Cake with Coconut and a Cream Cheese Frosting

Cook Time 25 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 2 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 ⅓ c sugar
  • 1 c pumpkin puree
  • 1 c sweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 c shredded carrots
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ c canola oil

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 2 sticks butter softened
  • 1 8oz block cream cheese softened
  • 6 c powdered sugar
  • Orange food coloring gel
  • Green food coloring gel

Instructions
 

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
    In another large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, sugar, and oil. Stir in the carrot and coconut, then mix.
    Add ½ of the dry ingredients and stir until it is completely mixed in. Once it’s all nice and mixed, add the rest of the dry ingredients and stir until completely mixed and looks something like this.

    Pour the batter into a baking dish or sheet pan (we used an 11×15 sheet pan).

    Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes, or until the middle springs back when you touch it. 
  • Place the butter in your mixer and mix for about 30 seconds on medium speed. Add in the cream cheese and beat for another 30 seconds.
    Next, add ½ the powdered sugar and beat on low until it’s all mixed in and then add the remaining amount of powdered sugar.  After the sugar is completely mixed in, crank it up to high speed for about 2-3 minutes.
    Take out 1 cup of frosting, and divide it into 2 small bowls.
    Add green coloring to one bowl of icing and orange to the other. You can add as little or as much coloring you’d like so you can get your desired color.
    Once your colors are mixed, place each one in a separate piping bag or zip-lock bag so we can use it to create our carrot designs.
    Tip! If you’re making this for a specific occasion or holiday, change the coloring gel and/or design to match your theme or holiday!
    Frost the cake with the white frosting (that we didn’t put any coloring into).
    Use the orange frosting to make the carrot shapes (the writing tip works best). Use the green frosting to create the top of the carrots (we used a leaf tip).
Keyword carrot cake, coconut, cream cheese icing, pumpkin