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Cream Cheese Frostings

Sweet and tangy cream-cheese frosting has an incomparable silken lusciousness when whipped to airy lightness. It makes vegetable cakes -- carrot, pumpkin, zucchini -- taste like the most indulgent dessert. When cream-cheese frosting is paired with chocolate in red velvet or chocolate cake, it lends a hint of tartness that perfectly balances the rich sweetness.

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Beneath this towering yet unpretentious appearance lies multiple layers of moist, mildly spiced cake that are flecked with carrots and pecans and enveloped by a generous coating of cream cheese frosting.