Saturday, December 24, 2011

Carrot Cake!

Carrot cake is a Christmas tradition in our family.  I make a carrot cake for my family's Christmas Eve celebration.  Then on Christmas Day we visit my husband's family and they buy a carrot cake from this small town bakery which is just to melt for. Both are really good!

Here is my recipe of carrot cake!

You'll Need (cake):

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs (although once I only had 3 and it was still delicious)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • dash of nutmeg (I use 1/8 teaspoon)
  • dash of all spice (again, 1/8 teaspoon)
  • 2 - 3 cups of grated carrots (I just use an entire 16 oz bag chopped)

You'll Need (icing):
  • 1 stick of butter, room temp
  • 8 oz package of cream cheese, room temp
  • 2 pounds of powdered sugar
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 

Step-by-step (cake):

1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Chop carrots using a food processor
3. Mix together sugar, oil and eggs in large bowl.
4. In another bowl sift together flour, salt, baking posder, baking soda, cinnamon, all spice, and nutmeg.
5. Add the dry ingredient slowly to the wet mixture until mixed well
6. Then add carrots and mix well
7. Pour into a greased and floured pan and bake for 35 minutes for 2 round pans 9" pans; or 25 minutes for a 9x11
8. Cool COMPLETELY before frosting. 

Step-by-step (frosting):
1. Put room temperature butter and cream cheese in bowl and beat until smooth
2. Add in vanilla and salt and beat
3. In half bowl increments add the sugar
4. Avoid taste testing
5. Frost cooled cake and enjoy!!

-Domesticated Duchess

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