written by Shannon of Still Seeking Martha
In an effort to eat more veggies, today I shall have carrot cake!
I love a good carrot cake. Honestly, I love cake PERIOD! There is just something about a carrot cake that makes me feel like a kid again.
In a single bite it takes me right back to the “pie” auctions the Cattlemens Association used to have.
I loved going to the auction with my Godfather. What little kid wouldn’t want to go bid on cakes and pies?!? Plus, everyone always said things like “Oh, I see you brought the boss with you.” Me? The boss? Alright I could handle that.
My Godmother, in what I chose to believe was an effort to make me smile throughout the year, but was more likely an effort to keep her husband’s wallet a little thicker, started making me carrot cake any time I asked.
Yes, I was that spoiled by them.
You’re going to need:
- A couple large mixing bowls
- A mixer (unless you’re crazy and want to do this by hand)
- A large spoon
- An oven heated at 350 degrees
- Either a 13X9 cake pan
- OR two 8 or 9 inch round pans
- A little bit of shortening
- A tiny bit of flour
As well as:
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar1 cup vegetable oil
- 3 eggs
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups shredded carrots
- 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
and to frost it you’ll need
- 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
- 2 to 3 teaspoons milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 4 cups powdered sugar
Now that you have everything needed, I’ll tell you just want to do with it.
If you read this from the start, your oven should already be preheating to 350 degrees. If not, do that now.
Grease the bottom and sides of the pan(s) with shortening and lightly flour them.
Get one of those large bowls and your mixer and beat the granulated sugar, oil and eggs on low for about 30 seconds or until its well blended.
To that, add the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, 1 teaspoon vanilla and the salt; beat on low 1 minute.
Stir in the carrots and the nuts. STIR, with the large spoon I mentioned earlier.
Pour your batter into the pan(s).
If you used a 13×9-inch pan you’ll want to bake it 40 to 45 minutes.
If you used the round pans, bake them 30 to 35 minutes
Either way, you want to bake them till a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Once baked, let them cool completely. You can cool the 13X9 in the pan or on a cooling rack. Cool the rounds about 10 minutes in the pan then remove them and let them finish cooling on a rack. It should take about an hour.
While that’s cooling you should probably make the icing so get the other mixing bowl and your mixer back out, or cleaned off.
You’ll want to beat the cream cheese, butter, milk and vanilla on low until its smooth. Gradually mix in the powdered sugar. Gradually… like 1 cup at a time. Your mixer should still be on low so just keep it going till its smooth and spreadable.
Since that didn’t take an hour let your cake(s) finish cooling.
Now you can frost the 13X9 or fill and frost the rounds.
If by chance you have leftovers, store them in your fridge or invite me over.
Shannon is a 30-something Mom to 5 beautiful children. Yes, 5! You could call it a modern day version of yours, mine, and ours. Her blended family of 7 keeps her on her toes and on the go. Add in working from home as a legal secretary and quickly you’ll see her life is crazy and often chaotic, but she wouldn’t trade one sarcastic moment of it. Her blog, Still Seeking Martha is just a place she goes to share the ups & downs of blended mommyhood, like mowing what feels like 127 acres with a push mower, favorite foods and recipes, mostly cake, and sometimes some DIY projects like great teaching tools. You can stalk Shannon at http://stillseekingmartha.blogspot.com, on Facebook, Twitter, or just email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.