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The best thing about this carrot cake recipe is that anyone can make it. Really. Anyone. The second best thing about this carrot cake recipe is that everyone will eat it. This is one of my favorite items to make for any occasion, be it a birthday, an evening with friends, or for a hunt breakfast. The moist texture and wonderful flavor of the cake is beautifully complimented by the sweet but not-too-sweet cream cheese frosting, which your hunting friends will undoubtedly lick from their fingers with great delight. Bring this to your hunt’s next breakfast or tailgate and your starving cohorts in the field will swoop in and attack it like a school of Piranhas, leaving not a single crumb in the pan.

Serves 12


2 cups unbleached flour
2 cups sugar
2 tsp. baking soda
4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 cup corn oil
3 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tsp. vanilla
1 ½ cups cooked, pureed carrots
1 cup ground walnuts
1 cup shredded coconut
¾ cup canned crushed pineapple, drained

  1. Preheat oven to 350*. Line a 13”x9” cake pan with buttered parchment or waxed paper.

  2. Sift flour, sugar, baking soda and cinnamon together in a large bowl. Mix oil, eggs and vanilla in separate bowl. Add oil, egg, and vanilla mixture to dry ingredients and mix well. Fold in carrots, walnuts, coconut, and pineapple.

  3. Pour mixture into prepared cake pan. Place on middle rack of oven and bake for about 60 minutes. The edges of the cake should pull slightly away from the sides of the pan. Insert a toothpick and see that it comes out clean.

  4. Cool cake for 10-15 minutes. Invert cake over a cooling rack and remove from the pan. Remove the paper and let cool completely.

Cream Cheese Frosting

6 oz. cream cheese
4 tbsp. unsalted butter (room temperature)
1 ½ cups sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Juice of ½ lemon

  1. In a large bowl, mix cream cheese and butter together. Slowly sift sugar in, continuing to beat cream cheese and butter mixture until fully incorporated with no lumps. Stir in vanilla and lemon juice.

  2. Frost completely cooled cake with cream cheese frosting and enjoy!

Kate Shields lives in Round Hill, Va. When she and her Welsh Cob are not competing in combined driving, they are found following the hounds of the Blue Ridge Hunt.

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