Fabulous Carrot Cake


2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
4 eggs
1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple in heavy syrup, drained well
1 pound carrots, shredded
1 cup raisins
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 teaspoon fresh grated lemon peel
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 1/2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar


1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray, then dust with flour.

2.In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and salt.

3.In another large bowl, cream butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Beat in pineapple, carrots, raisins, and vanilla extract. Gradually beat in flour mixture until well blended. Pour into baking dish.

4.Bake 45 to 50 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool completely in baking dish.

5.To make frosting, in a large bowl, beat together cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in lemon peel and lemon juice. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth. Spread over cake.