Carrot cake; one of America’s favorite cakes, or maybe it is one of America’s favorite frostings! I know that it is my favorite frosting, but I do love the carrot cake too. Since today is my birthday, I decided to make my favorite cake. Yum, I just can’t wait to eat it. I wish I could have all of you over and have one big birthday party!

Just for the record, my husband and my girls called and asked if I was making my cake, or if my husband was, or if they needed to? Well, next year I am just going to let them do it because I think that sounds like a great idea. I didn’t mind making this cake though because I wanted to see how fancy I could make it.

I wasn’t sure if I could do as good of a job as the bakery up the street, but I think that it turned out pretty amazing. Also, my husband said that there was no way that he could make as good of a birthday cake as the one that I made him. We are still just amazed at how good his Snickers Ice Cream Cake turned out.

Just look how yummy this cake looks, I know that you just want to take a bite right out of the screen. Now that the cake is all gone, I do too! 😉 I cannot wait until the next birthday, I know what kind they are going to get, even if they want something else.

 

Carrot Cake

 

What Ingredients Do I Need For Carrot Cake?

Cake:

  • Carrots
  • Sugar
  • Vegetable oil
  • Coconut
  • Pineapple and juice
  • Eggs
  • Orange juice concentrate
  • Vanilla
  • Coconut flavoring
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Soda
  • Nuts (walnuts or pecans)
  • Raisins (optional)

 

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • Cream cheese
  • Butter
  • Powdered sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Almond flavoring
  • Chopped pecans for decorating – Optional

 

How Do I Make Carrot Cake?

Cake:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour Three 9″ round pans, or One 9″ X 13″ pan.
  • Grate carrots.
  • In a large mixing bowl, put the carrots, sugar, oil, coconut, pineapple, eggs, orange juice concentrate, vanilla, and the coconut flavoring. Mix them just a bit.
  • Then add the flour, salt, cinnamon, soda and the nuts.
  • Mix well.
  • Place the batter into the pans that are greased and floured.
  • Bake the round pans for 30-35 minutes and the 9″ X 13″ pan for 55-60 minutes.
  • Cool completely and frost the cake.

 

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • In a medium mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter. Mix until blended.
  • Add the powdered sugar and blend together.
  • Add the vanilla and the almond flavoring.
  • Mix just until smooth and fluffy.
  • Do not over mix as the frosting will go too runny.
  • Frost and decorate as desired.

 

I was trying to remember back on a few of my birthdays and I remembered when I was in High School, and my friends and I would have sleepovers; those were great birthdays. Not the one where we had a candy fight and one of the pieces got me right under the eye and I consequently had a bit of a black eye for a few days.

Also we would play games half of the night which was a lot of fun. I remember also that my family would always do a birthday cake and ice cream but I can’t really remember too many of my gifts, however I know that my mother always gave us some gift, even if it was small. She liked giving practical gifts, which I appreciate more now than I did then. I will have to ask my kids their most memorable birthday.

 

 

So I guess it’s true that you really don’t remember all the things that you get, but you do remember how you felt. Some of the words that come to mind, are joy, fun, and happy. What better gifts are there than those?

So whenever you all have a birthday, I hope that they are fun, joyful and that you are happy. And one thing I just want to say to my sister is “Yes, I will save you a big piece of cake”. I know that she likes carrot cake. And one more thing to make her happy (no raisins)!:)

Tips and Tricks For Carrot Cake:

  • I like to chop up the walnuts and then I place them on a piece of plastic wrap, then carefully pat the walnuts onto the sides of the cake. Remove any extra from the bottom of the plate.
  • I store my cake in the refrigerator because of the cream cheese frosting.
  • You may also want to use coconut oil.

 

More Delicious Cakes For You:

Chocolate Brownie Bottom White Cake

Twinkie Cake

Kentucky Butter Cake

Never Fail White Cake

Banana Cream Cake

 

Yield: 16 people

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

Carrot cake is a cake that has stood the test of time and is a favorite cake of many. It is moist and then frosted with cream cheese frosting.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups raw grated carrots
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups oil (can use 3/4 cup oil and 3/4 cup apple sauce)
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 (20 ounce) can pineapple and juice (I used crushed)
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons orange juice concentrate
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon coconut flavoring
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons soda
  • 1 1/2 cups nuts (walnuts or pecans)
  • 3/4 cup raisins (optional)

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond flavoring
  • Optional: Chopped pecans for decorating

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 3 9" round pans, or 1 9" X 13" pan.
  2. Grate 2 cups of carrots. I do mine medium size.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, put the carrots, sugar, oil, coconut, pineapple, eggs, orange juice concentrate, vanilla, and the coconut flavoring. Mix them just a bit.
  4. Then add the flour, salt, cinnamon, soda and the nuts. (Add raisins if desired).
  5. Mix well.
  6. Place the batter into the pans that are greased and floured. I grease my pans with butter then sprinkle about 2 teaspoons of flour into the pans and mix it around. Dump the extra flour into the trash.
  7. If using 3 round pans, divide the batter equally into the pans.
  8. Bake the round pans for 30-35 minutes and the 9" X 13" pan for 55-60 minutes.
  9. Cool completely and frost the cake.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter. Mix until blended.
  2. Add the powdered sugar and blend together.
  3. Add the vanilla and the almond flavoring.
  4. Mix just until smooth and fluffy.
  5. Do not over mix as the frosting will go too runny.
  6. Frost and decorate as desired.

Nutrition Information

Yield

16

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 891Total Fat 55gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 41gCholesterol 61mgSodium 229mgCarbohydrates 96gFiber 4gSugar 70gProtein 8g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix

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