Chuck Hughes' delicious holiday desserts

Chef and host of the Food Network’s “Chuck’s Day Off,” Chuck Hughes, suggests these two recipes for a yummy end to your holiday feast. Give these two tasty desserts a try!

Carrot cake
Servings:

Serves 12

Ingredients

  • Cake

    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 tablespoon baking powder
    • 2 teaspoons baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 1/2 cups sugar
    • 1 cup canola oil
    • 4 eggs
    • 3 cups peeled and grated carrots
    • 1 cup chopped pineapple
    • 1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
    • 1/2 cup dried cherries
    • 1/2 cup dried golden raisins
  • Frosting

    • 2 packages cream cheese, softened
    • 1/2 cup butter, softened
    • 2 1/2 cups icing sugar
    • Zest and juice of 1 orange
  • Maple walnuts

    • 1/2 cup maple syrup
    • 1 cup toasted walnuts

Preparation

Baking Directions:

Sucre a la creme with Maldon salt and pecans
Servings:

Makes 12 squares

Ingredients

    • Oil, for greasing pan
    • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
    • 1 cup 35-percent cream
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 1/2 cup maple syrup
    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • Pinch salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/2 cup pecans, toasted and roughly chopped, for garnish
    • Maldon salt, for garnish

Preparation

Baking Directions:

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