Oranges Are Essential For Adding Vibrant Color to Your Upcoming Carrot Cake  

Carrot cakes can sometimes be dense compared to other cakes. To brighten the flavor, add orange zest, which complements carrots and won't change the appearance. 

Orange zest can elevate carrot cake, adding a refreshing punch. Recipe developer Catherine Brookes incorporates it into her orangey carrot cake, along with orange extract, for a burst of citrus flavor. 

To incorporate orange into your carrot cake, zest a whole orange and add it to the batter along with grated carrots after combining wet and dry ingredients. 

If you don't have orange extract, substitute with about 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed orange juice. 

Garnish the frosted cake with reserved orange zest, shredded carrots, or chopped nuts for added flavor and texture. 

Consider adding a bit of orange extract or zest to the frosting for an extra citrusy kick. 

Orange and carrots complement each other well, both in color and flavor, making them a perfect pairing for carrot cake. 

When making homemade carrot cake, remember to grab a fresh orange for that citrusy touch. 

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