I love making cake from scratch, but occasionally I’m just pressed for time and turn to the ever dependable box of cake mix. This carrot cake is a combination of the two. You can go out and buy a box of carrot cake mix. Simple. Or you can doctor up a spice cake mix with your own fresh ingredients, like I did.
I am an avid baker as you probably already know, but I do keep at least two boxes of cake mix in my pantry at all times. Why? Because you never know when you might need them! Case in point, my daughter is a freshman in college. She didn’t really cling to cooking and baking the way that I did, but she still likes making sweets now and again.
She also loves carrot cake, so her and I made this recipe together. It’s ideal for young adults and college students who are never home, and great for someone who just prefers the convenience of a box mix.
I chose a cream cheese frosting I use for many desserts, but these would be great with buttercream, whipped topping, dusted with powdered sugar, or even topped with a canned frosting. Whatever strikes your fancy!
I used plain applesauce rather than a cinnamon flavor since we are using a spice cake. I also chose golden raisins as I prefer them, and grated up some fresh carrots.
After mixing up the batter and stirring in the ingredients, divide the batter among a paper lined cupcake tin.
Now be patient and let them cool on a wire rack. You can whip up the frosting while you’re waiting!
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