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Made-from-Scratch Carrot Cake

2 c. sugar

4 eggs

1/2 c. oil

1 c. unsweetened applesauce

2 c. flour

2 t. baking soda

2 1/2 t. cinnamon

3 c. grated carrots

8 oz. cream cheese

2 c. powdered sugar

1 t. vanilla

1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2.  In a stand mixer or large bowl cream together sugar, eggs, oil and applesauce.  Then add in remaining ingredients, folding in the carrots last.

3.  Grease a 9x13 in. baking pan.

4.  Pour the batter in the pan and bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

5.  To make the frosting: mix together the softened cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla.  Frosting should be nice and thick.

6.  Once cake has cooled spread frosting over the cake.

7.  Keep cake covered and it will stay fresh for a few days.