I thought I would post one of my favorite cake recipes. It starts with my Betty Crocker cookbook. It’s simple, but oh so tasty carrot cake. I have added a few thing’s to it to make it even better. My family loves it! I make it a lot!!!
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
2 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
3 cups shredded carrots (5 medium)
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
1 cup golden raisins
1 (20 oz.) can pineapple chunks, drained*** I use only use the Dole brand, other brands I have found pineapple skin in the cans!!
First toast the pecans on a baking sheet at 350 degrees for about 10-12 minutes watch them closely so they don’t burn, or on your stove top; set aside to cool. In a microwave-safe bowl cover raisins with water and cook for 5 minutes; drain and set aside. In a food processor, pulse the pineapple chunks until not pureed but chopped well; drain well. I know it would be easier to use crushed pineapple, but I found the recipe worked better this way, I liked the texture of the cake better. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the sugar, oil, eggs, spices, baking soda, vanilla, and salt. Add in the flour. Fold in the carrots, nuts, raisins, and pineapple. Grease and flour 2 9-inch round cake pans or 9×13-inch cake pan. Bake cake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool completely before filling and frosting the cake.
Cream Cheese Frosting:
4-1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar, I only use C&H, other off brands have sugar crystals that do not dissolve properly in frosting.
1 (8oz.) package Philadelphia cream cheese, softened, I only use this brand, other off brands have water in them and will make the frosting runny.
1 stick unsalted butter (4oz.), softened
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1/8 tsp. popcorn salt.
Mix all ingredients together until smooth. Fill and frost cake. I like to add chopped toasted pecans to the side of the cake, and around the top edge.
I baked the cakes today for the young man who like rock and roll and for the foster girl. I put the Dora cake in the freezer and I’ll decorate it Friday. Tomorrow I need to get the rock and roll cake done. I think it is the same young man I made a cake for last year, but I could be wrong! I’ll just need to decorate it differently than the one last year, different colors ect… Today I was contacted by one of the ladies from Angel Cakes and I am making the National Adoption Day cake for November 1st. It has to be a sheet cake enough to feed 75 people! Wow that’s a lot more than last year! My mom made the cake last your for this event, I can’t remember what I was doing at the time… It will be held at the Idaho Supreme Court building in downtown Boise this year. The last 2 years it was in just the courthouse in my area of town. I haven’t been to this building yet, I am so excited about this!!! I’ll need to make an 11×18 sheet cake and I’ll make anywhere from 30-40 cupcakes, just to make sure we have enough.
I haven’t heard about any of my tests yet, it’s still to early I guess.. Friday I have the lung CT in the afternoon. Boy I am so tired of gets poked with needles and getting scans ect.. One of the lab techs last week (that draws a lot of blood from me) mentioned that, you know your here way to much! I laughed and said I know, they should give me frequent flyer miles!!! LOL!!
Well until next time everyone!!!