Monday, August 13, 2012

Moist and Delicious Carrot Cake




Ok, it's been forever since I've posted, again. Too much work to do, no time to bake :( But for my brother's birthday, his first one home since retiring from the Navy, I had to make something special. So I shut the computer off and focused on making something memorable for his birthday. He requested carrot cake of all things! I haven't made carrot cake in ages. This recipe calls for so many heavy ingredients I was a bit worried when it came out of the oven without rising that much. But when I added the icing, it made all the difference. Plus all you needed was a small slice since it was so filling! Everyone raved over how rich and moist it was. This cake would be perfect for any occasion. Enjoy!


Moist and Delicious Carrot Cake



Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 large eggs (I used 1 egg and 1/2 cup Egg Beaters)
2 cups sugar (I used 1 3/4 cup)
3/4 cup vegetable oil (Iused 1/4 cup oil and 1/2 cup applesauce)
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups grated carrot
1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
1 (3 1/2-ounce) can flaked coconut
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Directions

Line 3 (9-inch) round cakepans with wax paper; lightly grease and flour wax paper. Set pans aside.

Stir together first 4 ingredients.

Beat eggs and next 4 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add flour mixture, beating at low speed until blended. Fold in carrot and next 3 ingredients. Pour batter into prepared cakepans. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.


Icing

1/2 cup butter, softened
8 ounces cream cheese
4 cups confectioners' sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract


Directions

Beat softened butter and cream cheese until well blended.
Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat until creamy.

Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Spread Cream Cheese Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake


"Love is like a good cake; you never know when it's coming, but you'd better eat it when it does!” ― C. JoyBell C.

5 comments:

CountryDew said...

My husband likes carrot cake. It looks great!

Beth said...

Hi there, Mary Ann...it's nice to see you back!

Carrot cake is my favorite cake...especially when it's rich and moist like this one. Yours looks so yummy! Your brother is a lucky guy to have you make him such a special cake.

Greener Pastures--A City Girl Goes Country said...

One of my favorites too. I'm sure your brother was very happy!

Sweetflutterbys3 said...

Thanks to all of you! You always make me smile :)

Jamie "Green" Ferraioli said...

So yum! I always forget about carrot cake when I'm trying to think of something to bake. That icing is my favorite part for sure!