Orange Infused Olive Oil Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Family recipes are our favorite. Not only have they been proven to be winners at the dinner table, but because they’re handed down from generation to generation, with each generation adding a special twist, they’re unique to that family. We believe that just because the recipe is decades old and is delicious, it doesn’t mean it can’t be improved.

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Take my grandmother’s carrot cake recipe, for instance. I have loved this dessert since I was a kid and I still make it today. My grandmother always used vegetable oil, but I’ve found through trial and error that substituting orange infused extra virgin olive oil gave this classic dessert a richer, deeper flavor. If you want to be really fancy and impress your friends and family, add a thick layer of homemade cream cheese to the top when it’s done baking.

So, without further ado, here’s my grandmother’s carrot cake recipe with the Mediterranean Drizzles twist.

Ingredients

Carrot Cake    

  • 1.5 Cups of Orange Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 Cups Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 Tsp. Vanilla
  • 1 Cup Crushed Pineapple
  • 2 Cups Finely Grated Carrots
  • 2.5 Cups Flour
  • 1 Tsp. Baking Soda
  • ½ Tsp. Salt
  • 1 Tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 Cups Nuts (Baker’s Choice)
  • 1 Cup Raisins (Optional)
Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 ½ – 2 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Softened Butter
  • 6 oz. of Cream Cheese
  • 1 Tsp. Vanilla
  • 1-3 Tbsps. Milk (If Necessary for Consistency)
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Carrot Cake Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  2. Prepare 9×13 inch baking pan with nonstick spray or grease and flour

  3. Cream together the olive oil, sugar, vanilla and eggs

  4. Integrate pineapple and carrot to mixture

  5. Mix in flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon

  6. Put mixture into baking pan

  7. Bake for 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean

 

Frosting Instructions

  1. Mix together powdered sugar, butter, cream cheese, and vanilla until smooth

  2. Add milk 1 Tbsp. at a time until the frosting is of the desired consistency

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I hope you love this recipe as much as my family and I love it. Be creative and try out the recipe with any of our other infused olive oils. Send us your photos when you give this recipe a try via our Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages.