Carrot Cake!!

Posted on 05/10/2009 by cookingupadream


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Yummy Carrot Cake that makes you feel so so so healthy in all its nuttiness! I baked this for my mum for Mother's Day. And to all you mums out there! Happy Mother's Day!

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Carrot Cake (adapted from all recipes.com)

Ingredients:
4 eggs
3/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups white sugar (or 3/4 cup white sugar, 3/4 cup brown sugar, apparently the taste comes out better)
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 cups grated carrots
1 cup chopped walnuts

1/2 cup butter, softened
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 to 2 cups confectioners' sugar (depending on how sweet you like the frosting to be)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped walnuts

Steps:

1) Preheat oven to 180 degrees C (350 degrees F). Grease and flour a 9 x 13 inch pan.
2) In a bowl, sift the flour, baking soda and baking powder.
3) In a large bowl, beat butter until soft and fluffy. Add in oil and sugar and beat till mixed.
4) Add in the eggs and vanilla extract and continue beating till well mixed.
5) Add in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon.
6) Stir in carrots. Fold in walnuts.
7) Pour into prepared pan.
8) Bake in preheated oven for about 40 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto wire rack and cool completely.

For the frosting:

1) In a medium bowl, combine butter, cream cheese, confectioner's sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Stir in chopped walnuts. Frost the cake.

For today, I used smaller rectangular pans, perhaps slightly bigger than a pound cake so baked it for about 30 minutes.

For cupcakes: Bake for about 20 minutes.
robynxtc 10th-May-2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
crazy!! I also baked carrot cake cupcakes for mothers day. not my mum though. she doesn't like cake, but for all the other mothers in the family (my sister and her partners mother and grandmother)

i take photos of my cupcakes to post them on here. but i never do, doh!

how;d they turn out? mine ended up a bit spicey from the cinammon. stil yummy though. frosting was delish!
cookingupadream 10th-May-2009 10:58 pm (UTC)
Yea! I adore carrot cake! And these were great! Yes the frosting makes the cake just heavenly doesn't it! :)
thesweet_cherry 10th-May-2009 07:24 pm (UTC)
Awesome! Everyone's baking is tempting me to bake today! I have 3 more papers to write!!! Ok, I will suck it up and bookmark this one.
somacomatose 11th-May-2009 10:29 am (UTC)
your cupcake liners are super pretty! and the frosting looks delish (:
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