Pioneer Carrot Cake

2 cups flour
2 tsp. soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup crushed pineapple drained
2 cups grated carrots
1 ½ cup flaked coconut (optional)
1 cup chopped nuts
3 eggs
¾ cup vegetable oil
¾ cup sugar
½ cup buttermilk
Cream Cheese Frosting:
3 cups powdered sugar, 12 oz cream cheese, 1 tsp. milk and 1 tsp. vanilla mixed together well.


Cooking Instructions
1. Sift together first 4 ingredients, set aside.
2. Beat eggs and add oil, buttermilk, sugar and vanilla. Mix well.
3. Add flour mixture, pineapple, carrots, coconut (optional) and nuts.
4. Pour batter into a warm and greased oven and bake for about 55 minutes or until you can smell it. A toothpick will come out clean when inserted. Cake will pull from sides of pan.
5. Cream Cheese frosting – mix powered sugar, cream cheese, milk, and vanilla.

Charcoal Recommendations: Bake with 8 briquettes under the oven and 17 on top.

Hints: Adding a pinch of baking powder to powdered sugar frostings will help it stay moist and not crack.

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