snack saturday

Orange Carrot Cake

  • 4
  • 3
    cups all-purpose flour
  • 2
    teaspoons finely shredded orange peel
  • 1 1/2
    teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2
    teaspoon salt
  • 1/4
    teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 1/4
    cups sugar
  • 1 1/2
    cups vegetable oil
  • 1
    teaspoon vanilla
  • 2
    cups finely shredded carrots
  • 1
    cup flaked coconut
  • 1
    11 ounce can mandarin orange sections, drained and coarsely chopped
  • 1
    recipe Orange-Cream Cheese Filling
  • 1
    recipe Chocolate Ganache

    Allow eggs to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, grease three* 8x1 1/2-inch or 9x1 1/2-inch round cake pans. Line bottoms of pans with waxed paper; grease the paper. Set pans aside. In a medium bowl stir together the flour, orange peel, baking powder, salt, and baking soda; set aside.

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl combine the eggs, sugar, vegetable oil, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until combined. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes more. Add flour mixture to egg mixture; beat on low speed just until combined. Using a wooden spoon, stir in carrots and coconut. Gently fold in chopped orange sections. Pour batter evenly into the prepared pans, spreading evenly.

    Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the centers comes out clean. Cool layers in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove layers from pans; peel off waxed paper. Cool thoroughly on wire racks.

    To assemble, place one cake layer on a serving plate. Top with half of the Orange-Cream Cheese Filling, spreading evenly. Repeat layers. Add top cake layer. Spoon Chocolate Ganache over cake and let it drip down the sides.

    Chocolate Ganache
    • 2/3
      cup whipping cream
    • 8
      ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
    In a small saucepan bring whipping cream just to boiling over medium-high heat. Remove from heat. Add chocolate (do not stir). Let stand for 5 minutes. Stir until smooth. Let stand at room temperature until slightly thickened.

    Orange-Cream Cheese Filling
    • 2
      ounce packages cream cheese, softened
    • 1/2
      cup orange marmalade
    • 1/2
      cup powdered sugar
    In a medium mixing bowl beat cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in orange marmalade and powdered sugar.
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