These carrot bars will definitely become an Easter family favorite - they were delicious, and very fun and easy to prepare and bake. However, I would make my own icing next time - the convenience of the can was lovely, but didn't taste as good as homemade cream cheese icing.
I thought the decoration would be difficult, but it was actually extremely easy, although my white icing could have looked a little better!!
GLAZED CARROT BARS
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup freshly shredded carrots
1 can cream cheese frosting
green and orange food colorings
Heat oven to 350F.
Grease and flour a 13 by 9 inch baking pan. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer set on medium, beat sugar, oil and eggs until light. Stir in flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt until well combined.
Gently stir carrots into batter.
Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of bars comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer pan to wire rack, cool completely.
Spread uncut bars with prepared cream cheese frosting. Drag a fork through the frosting on a diagonal to decorate.
Cut into 2 inch squares, remove from pan. Divide remaining frosting among 2 small bowls, tint green and orange.
Fill 2 small plastic baggies with the frosting, snip the ends off, pipe carrot tops on top of each square with the green frosting, and small carrot shapes below each green top, with the orange frosting.
Recipe adapted from The Great American Home Baking cookie collection