1/3 cup butter OR margarine, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon allspice
2 cup shredded carrots
1 cup chopped walnuts
Walnut halves for garnish

1 In mixer bowl, cream butter, sugar, and vanilla.
2 Combine flour, soda, and allspice; stir into creamed mixture to blend (mixture will be dry).
3 Stir in carrots and chopped walnuts.
4 Spread mixture in greased 8-inch round cake pan.
5 Place walnuts halves in circle around edge of batter, pressing gently.
6 Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes until pick inserted into center comes out clean.
7 Cool in pan 10 minutes.
8 Remove from pan; cool on rack.
9 Dust with powdered sugar, if desired.
10 Cut into wedges to serve.

MAKES 6 to 8 servings