I made this yesterday for my friend Angie's birthday, and it came out great, if I do say so! I mixed and matched a couple of recipes and made some of my own additions...hopefully I can remember everything I did!
Cake 2 cups all purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup applesauce 3 cups grated peeled carrots (4-5 large carrots) 1 1/4 cups coarsely chopped, toasted walnuts
3/4 cup raisins, soaked in 1 cup dark rum for at least 30 minutes (reserve rum)
Cream Cheese Frosting Two 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened One stick of softened butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 box confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
For cake:Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter two 9-inch-diameter cake pans. Line bottom of pans with parchment paper. Butter and flour paper; tap out excess flour. Whisk flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and ginger in medium bowl to blend. Whisk sugar and oil in large bowl until well blended. Whisk in eggs 1 at a time. Mix in applesauce until blended. Add flour mixture and stir until blended. Stir in carrots, walnuts and ginger. Gently mix in drained raisins. Divide batter between prepared pans. Bake cakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Cool cakes in pans 15 minutes. Turn out onto racks. Peel off waxed paper; poke holes in cakes with a toothpick, drizzle reserved rum equally over each cake. Cool completely before frosting.
For frosting: In a bowl, combine the cream cheese, butter, vanilla, confectioners' sugar and brown sugar. Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or a handheld mixer, beat on medium speed until well combined and fluffy, about 10 minutes or until smooth. Spread the frosting between cake layers and all over cake. Decorate with walnut halves if desired.