2 cups flour (**I used 1 cup white, 1 cup wheat)
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt (**I omitted this ingredient)
2 tsp cinnamon
2 cups sugar (**Iused raw sugar)
2 cups grated carrot
1 8 oz can crushed pineapple, drained
1 1/2 cups oil or applesauce (**I used applesauce)
4 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
1/2 cup raisins (optional--I did not use)
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature (**I used Earth Balance Vegan Butter)
8 oz cream cheese, room temperature (**I used 1/3 less fat neufchatel cream cheese)
4 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp lemon juice (optional)
**Note: You may want to check out the nutrtion facts at the bottom of the post before starting on this recipe, it may persuade you to take my healthier route...
Preheat 350F. Mix the top six ingredients in a large bowl.
Nutrition facts in my "healthier version": 446 calories, 14.7 g total fat, 6.4 g saturated fat, 62.9 mg cholesterol, 6 g protein, 313.4 mg sodium(higher due to Earth Balance), 76.1 g carbohydrates, 3.0 g fiber, 61.7 g sugar (higher due to raw sugar), 80.9 mg calcium
**I would like to point out that omitting raisins was simply a personal preference and will only add 14 calories per serving. I would not use all whole wheat flour in this recipe to keep it from being too dry.