carrot cake

spice cakes are some of my most favorite desserts of all time. i love bold, warm, cozy flavors. like chocolate, coffee, cinnamon, nutmeg and so on. i do like fruit in dessert, but not as much as things like that. and i realized i actually like vegetables in my dessert more than i do fruit. for example, sweet potato pie, pumpkin scones, zucchini cake/bread, and carrot cake. when i think of things like this, i get the warm fuzzies inside.

based on paula deen’s recipe

  • butter for greasing cake pan
  • 1 c. wheat flour
  • 1 c. all purpose flour, plus more for dusting cake pan
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 c. vegetable oil
  • 3 c. grated carrots (about 4-5 carrots)
  • 1 1/2 c. chopped nuts, optional
cream cheese frosting ingredients:
  • 1/2 c. butter (1 stick), softened
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla, add more to taste

directions:

preheat oven to 350° F. butter and flour a 9×13 cake pan. in a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. add eggs and vegetable oil. blend until combined. add carrots and nuts, if you are using them. pour into cake pan. bake for about 40 minutes. at this point, insert a toothpick in the center to test if it’s done. if the toothpick doesn’t come out clean, bake for another 8-10 minutes. remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes. allow to cool completely before frosting.

to make the frosting:

cream together the butter and cream cheese. add in the powdered sugar and vanilla, and beat until all combined and fluffy.

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under cake, dessert, recipes, vegetable

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s