Everyone’s favorite, especially my Dad’s, this cake will make your taste buds sing! Bet you didn’t know taste buds can sing. They can.

2 c. King Arthur unbleached flour
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. freshly ground nutmeg
1.5 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. kosher salt
2 c. grated carrots
½ c. chopped nuts, optional
2 c. granulated sugar
4 eggs
1 1/2 c. vegetable oil
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 small 8 oz can crush pineapple and its juices
1 c. chopped walnuts, optional
1/4 cup candied ginger

Sift dry ingredients together. In a mixer, combine sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Fold in pineapple and 1 c. chopped walnuts if you like. Pour batter into 2 8-inch round cake pan sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Bake in a 350-degree oven until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean about 45-50 minutes. You can make cupcakes/muffins, rounds cakes or pour cake batter in 9 x 13-inch pan or two round pans. Serve with Cream Cheese Frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

2 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese
½ c. softened butter
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Powdered sugar

Mix together, adding enough powdered sugar to make frosting.