Last weekend was my husband's birthday. While we don't have birthday parties for the adults, we do try to make birthdays special by getting a nice cake and going out for dinner. My husband's favorite cake is carrot cake, which I prefer to bake from scratch. For years I had a cake that we liked but was very dense and difficult to cook perfectly.
A friend of mine at work has major stomach problems. Trying to find a solution, she found a program called Great Taste No Pain that spoke to certain food combinations to ease the stomach pains. The program contains a cookbook with awesome recipes as well as a book that talks about the science behind the program and what changes you can make to your diet to alleviate pain without taking medication.
As I looked through the cookbook I found a recipe for Carrot Cake that I decided to try. The cake turned out delicious and we've been using this carrot cake ever since. Here's the recipe as well as some pictures of the cake I decorated :)
World's Best Carrot Cake
1 1/2 cups canola oil
2 cups sugar
2 cups unbleached flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 - 7oz bag of shredded coconut
1 - 8oz can crushed pineapple packed in juice, undrained
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups shredded carrots
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 350, grease and flour a 13x9x2 baking pan
Mix oil and sugar in large bowl. Add eggs, beating well. In a separate bowl, sift flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Add to beaten mixture. Fold in remaining ingredients. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 45 - 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cream Cheese Frosting
4 tablespoons butter
8 oz cream cheese, softened
2 teaspoons vannila
1 - 1lb box confectioner's sugar
Beat all ingredients until smoth Spread over cooled carrot cake.
I choose to use round bake pains when I bake cakes instead of the 13 x 9. My favorite cake pans are three thinner ones that I got from Granny when she moved into a nursing home. I especially like using them when I do my husband's cake because I feel like it adds a little bit of love from his grandma who is no longer with us.
I found these Spider Man decorations at the grocery store and I decided I would use those to decorate the cake. I did the flowers using the Pampered Chef cake decorating tools.
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Does your family like carrot cake?
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