Gluten-Free Carrot cake with cream cheese icing

2 cups sugar

1 1/2 cups EV olive oil

4 large eggs, room temperature

2 cups ATK flour

2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp salt

1 1/2 – 2 cups of walnuts

3 cups finely grated carrots, keep separate due to water draining from them

1 cup raisins

1 tsp nutmeg freshly grated

3/4 cup coconut

1 tsp vanilla bean paste

1 tsp almond extract paste

ICING:

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar organic usually has tapioca instead of cornstarch, sifted

1 tsp vanilla bean paste

4 tbsp unsalted butter

3-4 oz cream cheese

Cream together the sugar and the olive oil until well incorporated and it is more of an emulsion rather than just creamed. Add the room temperature eggs one at a time until well incorporated then and vanilla bean paste and almond extract paste.

In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt , nutmeg, raisins, coconut , and nuts.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in your mixer and incorporate well. Batter will appear to be very thick. Add in the carrots last, without the water that has drained from them.

I bake these in “donut” pans and there is enough batter to fill 4 of these.

These are pretty shallow pans only 2-3″ deep.

Spray or grease these pans and sprinkle with granulated sugar. This works the same way flour does to release the cake from the pan and creates a nice texture on the outside of the cake.

Bake cakes at 350° for 30-55 minutes depending on your oven temperature calibration and how deep your pans are.

While cakes are cooking cream together the unsalted butter and cream cheese. Add in vanilla bean paste and powdered sugar slowly so not to powder your kitchen in sugar dust.

This recipe makes a very moist cake.

Chill in refrigerator if icing seems to soft to pipe on cake.

Cool cakes on a wire rack before icing. I stack two cakes on top of each other for a two layer cake.

Freezing the cakes helps with setting the icing. Decorate with icing as desired.

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