Friday, October 29, 2010

Carrot Cake

Some couples have a song, or a special place – we have a cake! We love Carrot Cake! The bakery who made our wedding cake made a to DIE for Carrot Cake (and also some black and white cookies). I think we each got a bite of the cake at the reception. When we got in the car at the airport after our honeymoon my mother-in-law informed us they had just finished the Carrot Cake that day. No worries – even though we were planning on moving half way across the country in a couple of weeks, it would be fun to get a cake when ever we came to town to visit. Not So! The bakery closed and we’ve never had a bite again.
So we try Carrot Cakes and they just aren’t the same, until my very good friend served us this. It’s such a good Carrot Cake. At my mom’s group holiday party it was gone in a flash, my Dad who take 2-3 bites of desserts had two pieces last night. It’s a good Carrot Cake.

Thursday Menu – Orange Chicken, Rice, Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower, Carrot Cake
Farm Share Produce – Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots

Carrot Cake
From my very good friend’s aunt

2 cups AP flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 ½ tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. allspice

2 cups sugar
1 ½ cup oil
4 eggs
2 cups grated carrots
8 ½ oz. can crushed pineapple

Sift flour, powder, soda, salt, cinnamon, and allspice. Mix sugar, oil, eggs and mix well. Combine dry and wet ingredients. Fold in carrots and pineapple. Pour in greased and floured 9 x 13 or layer pans.

Bake 350
35 – 40 minutes for layers
45 – 55 minutes for 9 x 13

Cream Cheese Frosting

½ cup butter, softened
8 oz. cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla
1 pound sifted confectioner’s sugar

Cream butter, cream cheese, and vanilla. Add sugar and cream well.

NOTE: if you like nuts in your baked goods you can add 1 cup of nuts with the carrots and pineapple.
And a CUTE STORY: I asked my four year old if he would like to help frost the cake. He asked if the icing was white and yes, it was. He said no, but if we could color it yes. So we had orange cream cheese frosting on the Carrot Cake last night.

Oven Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower

I just used both Broccoli and Cauliflower in the same Oven Roasted Broccoli recipe from the other day.

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