Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Recipe #45: Dave's Carrot Cake

A friend gave me this great recipe for carrot cake, which I followed exactly except for putting lemon in the frosting. It turned out perfect, which is a feat for me since I seem to screw up baking sweets 9 out of 10 times. That's probably good for my health though!


1 lb mini carrots
Baking oil spray
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
2.5 c white sugar
1 c canola oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/2 c applesauce
1 c chopped walnuts
2 c flour
Rind of 1 orange, chopped, without the white pith
8 oz whipped cream cheese
1/2 stick butter
1 tsp lemon extract


Boil 1 lb of mini carrots for 20 mins, or until very soft. Chop into small pieces.

Heat oven to 350 F. oil and lightly flour 9X13 pan. In a large bowl combine 2 tsp baking soda, 2 tsp baking powder, half a tsp salt, 1 tsp cinnamon, mix it up. Add 1 cup white sugar, mix, 1 cup canola oil,1 tsp vanilla extract mix. Add 2 eggs, half cup applesauce, mix. Add half to 1 cup chopped walnuts, the boiled carrots and 1 cup flour, mix. Add another cup flour, mix. Add the peel of 1 orange, without the white pith, chopped up. Bake for 40 to 50 mins.

8 oz cream cheese (whipped preferred), softened, and half a stick of butter, softened, microwaved into liquid is fine. Add 1 tsp lemon extract, mix. Add 1 and a half cups white sugar, mix well. Spread on top when cake is cooled.

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