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Pumpkin Loaf or Carrot Cake Recipe

Spicy Pumpkin Loaf

Gather these ingredients and combine in a big bowl:
• 3 Ύ c. flour
• 2 tsp. soda
• 2 tsp. cinnamon
• 1 tsp. salt
• 1 tsp. nutmeg
• ½ tsp. ginger
• ½ tsp. ground cloves

Cream together in a separate bowl:
• 2 sticks margarine

Gradually add:
• 2 c. sugar -- cream well

Blend in and beat well:
• 4 eggs

Continue on –

1. At a low speed, add dry ingredients alternately with 1 ½ c. canned or cooked pumpkin, beginning and ending with dry ingredients.
2. Stir in 12 pkg. chocolate chips and 1 c. chopped nuts.
3. Turn into two greased 9 x 5 inch loaf pans.
Bake at 350 degree for 1 hour.

Cool, and then drizzle with the delicious spice glaze (below).
It slices better the next day.

Spice glaze

Gather these ingredients and combine in a small bowl:

• 1 c. powder sugar
• Ό tsp. nutmeg
• Ό tsp. cinnamon
• Dash of cloves

Blend in: 3-4 T hot water until the consistency of a glaze.
Spread the glaze over the loaf and prepare to come back for seconds and thirds. Yum!

Everyone needs a really good carrot cake recipe, and a carrot cookie recipe but that come later. Here is one of my carrot cake recipes that I think you will like.

Carrot Cake

Gather these ingredients and mix together in a big bowl:

• 3 c. flour
• 2 tsp. baking powder
• 2 tsp. baking soda
• 2 tsp. cinnamon
• ½ tsp. salt

In another bowl, toss together :

• 1 c. raisins
• ½ c. coarsely chopped nuts

Take 2 T of above flour mixture and toss with raisins and nuts.

In another large mixing bowl, beat:

• 2 c. sugar
• 1 ½ c. corn oil
• 1 tsp. vanilla

Then thoroughly beat in:
• 4 eggs

1. Stir in dry ingredients alternately with 3 c. finely grated carrots and blend until smooth.
2. Add raisin-nut mixture and mix well.
3. Pour into greased angel food or Bundt cake pan.

Bake at 350 degree for 1 1/4 hours (approx.) until top springs back to tough.
Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes, and then top with this cream cheese frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

Mix until blended:
1 pkg. (3 oz.) cream cheese - soft
2 T light corn syrup

2 Ό c. powdered sugar
2 tsp. vanilla

Stir until smooth, then spread over cake.

I hope you will enjoy baking for your family and friends.

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