LouAna

Colorful Holiday Cake

  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Servings: 10
Ingredients:

Cake:

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup LouAna vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 (8-ounce) carton sour cream
  • 3 cups grated carrot
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans, toasted
Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons chopped pecan halves, toasted
  • 3 tablespoons chopped, pitted dates
  • 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped raisins
Garnish:

  • Two to three Marachino cherries
  • 2 kiwis, each peeled and sliced long ways
  • Pecan halves
Directions:

Preheat oven to 350ºF.

To prepare cake, line bottoms of 2 (8-inch) round cake pans with waxed paper; coat with cooking spray.

Combine oil and next 4 ingredients (through eggs) in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk.

Separately, combine flour and next 5 ingredients (through nutmeg) in a bowl, stirring well. Alternately add flour mixture and sour cream to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture; stir just until combined.

Stir in carrot and 1/2 cup pecans. Divide batter evenly between prepared pans.

Bake cakes at 350º for 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes.Remove from pans; cool completely on wire racks.

To prepare frosting, combine butter and cream cheese in a bowl; beat well with an electric mixer. Gradually add powdered sugar to cheese mixture,beating until smooth.

Remove1 1/4 cups frosting; set remaining frosting aside. Add 3 tablespoons pecans, dates and raisins to 1 1/4 cups frosting; stir to combine.

Place one cake layer on a cake plate; top with nut and fruit frosting mixture. Place second cake layer on top.

Spread a very thin layer of reserved frosting mixture over top and sides of cake, taking care not to get crumbs in frosting.

Chill cake and remaining frosting 1 hour. Spread remaining frosting over edges and top of cake.

Cut each kiwi slice in half. Garnish outside edge of cake with kiwi; place pecan halves and cherries in the center of cake.

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