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Frosting Preparation


Cream Cheese Frosting:


Step 1

In your food processor, or with a hand mixer, process the cream cheese and mascarpone cheese until smooth. Add the vanilla and confectioners sugar and process until smooth.

Step 2

Transfer this mixture to a large mixing bowl.


Step 3

Then, in the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, whip the cream until stiff peaks form. With a large spatula, gently but quickly fold a little of the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture to lighten it.


Step 4

Then fold in the remaining whipped cream, in two stages. Cover and place the frosting in the refrigerator for an hour or two, or until it is firm enough to spread.


Finishing the cake


Step 1

Assemble: With a serrated knife, cut each cake layer in half, horizontally. You will now have four cake layers.


Step 2

Place one of the cake layers, top of the cake facing down, onto your serving platter. Spread the cake layer with a layer of frosting.


Step 3

Place another layer of cake on top of the frosting and continue to frost and stack the cake layers.


Step 4

Frost the top and sides of the cake. Can garnish the cake with sweetened or unsweetened coconut.


Makes one - 9 inch four layer cake.

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Carrot Cake

This is a cake that rarely goes out of style. Its spicey taste with moist texture is unique and different. Add the cream cheese frosting and what a winner. One really does not taste the grated carrots but they sure help give the cake its texture and a special color found unique to carrot cake.


Ingredients

Cake
1 cup pecans or walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped
3/4 pound raw carrots (about 2 1/2 cups finely grated)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups granulated white sugar
1 cup safflower, vegetable or canola oil
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
 
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