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Easy Carrot Cake Squares

Ingredients

Ingredients for cake

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded carrots
  • 3/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts divided

Ingredients for frosting

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 4 oz . cream cheese softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon; set aside.

  3. In a medium bowl combine the eggs, shredded carrots, brown sugar, sugar, oil and vanilla; mix until combined. Add carrot mixture to flour mixture, mix on low until just combined. Fold in 1/2 cup of the chopped walnuts. Do not over mix.

  4. Pour batter into a greased 12x17 baking sheet; spread evenly. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

  5. Cool completely and top with frosting (see directions below).

For frosting

  1. Using a mixer, cream together butter and cream cheese. Add the salt, vanilla and one cup of powdered sugar and mix until combined. Add remaining powdered sugar and mix until smooth and creamy.

  2. If frosting is too thick for your liking, add some milk (around 1/2 - 1 TBS). Spread frosting over cooled cake.

  3. Top cake with remaining chopped walnuts, cut cake into squares.