A classic dessert with a twist: Carrot cake with goat cheese frosting (recipe)

Carrot cake batter

2 cups sugar

1 1/4 cup oil

4 large eggs

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 Tablespoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon salt

3 cups grated carrots

1 cup shelled sunflower seeds

1. In large bowl, beat sugar and oil. Add eggs and beat well.

2. Sift together flour, soda, cinnamon, and salt into egg mixture; mix well; fold in carrots and sunflower seed.

3. Place batter in greased 9x13 pan; bake 1 hour and 10 minutes in a 350 degree oven. (Check once because of oven variances)

Goat cheese frosting

12 ounces powdered sugar

4 ounces cream cheese room temp

4 ounces goat cheese

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 Tablespoon butter

2 Tablespoon milk

Beat together powdered sugar, cream cheese, goat cheese,vanilla, butter and milk; spread on cooled carrot cake.

I came across this recipe for "The Best Carrot Cake" at justapinch.com and decided to try it, as any recipe that claims to be the best instantly makes me skeptical. Of course, I altered it ever so slightly with the addition of sunflower seeds and goat cheese frosting. I love a sweet/savory balance in a dessert and I thought the goat cheese would add an interesting twist.

The results were awesome. The carrot cake recipe is simple yet amazing, moist, spicy and with a great crumb. The goat cheese in the frosting upped the tanginess, complimenting the cream cheese. If the idea of goat cheese in the frosting sounds too weird to you, you can make it with only cream cheese, but I encourage you to give it a try. I cut my cake into little rounds with a ring mold just to be fancy, but you can skip this step. The cake tastes great no matter what shape it is.

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