For every house is built by someone,

but the builder of all things is God.

Hebrews 3:4






Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Icing

Before I was married and had children, I ran a cake decorating business in my home. My refrigerator was always loaded with party and wedding cakes, and my home was scented with the sweet aroma of butter cream icing and cake.
After I was married, I continued baking from home, but as soon as my first child was born, I was happy to bring my business to an end. My dream of being a wife, homemaker, mother...was now my main focus.


My carrot cake recipe was always a hit for brides
who wanted something special for their wedding cakes.
I hope you enjoy it as much as they did.

Carrot Cake

Ingredients:

2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 cups flour
2 tsp. Cinamon
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt

2 cups grated carrots
1 cup crushed pineapple
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Directions:

1. Cream together in mixing bowl: Sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla
2 In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients: flour, cinamon,
baking soda, baking powder and salt.
3. Add dry ingredients (#2) to wet ingredients (#1) mix until
blended.
4. Add: carrots, pineapple and walnuts and mix.
5 Pour batter into 2 - 8" cake pans or 1 - 9" x 13"
cake pan lined with parchment paper.
6. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes at 350 degrees.
Use a toothpick to check if cake is completely baked.
7. Let cake completely cool before icing with cream cheese icing.

Cream Cheese Icing

Ingredients:

1 stick butter
8 oz. cream cheese
1 lb. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

1. Cream all ingredients together with
an electric mixer until smooth.
2. After carrot cake is cooled, it is
ready to be decorated.

Enjoy!

~ Christa ~



8 comments:

Lady Farmer said...

Christa~ that is almost exactly like my very favorite Carrot Cake recipe from Farm Journal's Country Cookbook except mine has no vanilla and does have coconut!
I just know yours tastes so good chocked full of those yummy carrots and sweet pineapple!
Brilliant minds think alike!;~}
Blessings!

ReillyClan11 said...

mmmmm! Sounds really good.
By the way, do you have a pattern for that apron on your sidebar? it's really cute, I have been needing a new apron pattern. :)
Samantha

Christa said...

Hi Samantha,
We got the pattern from Sense and sensibility patterns. The link is below:

http://www.sensibility.com/pattern/main/?page_id=41

This particular pattern is the adult Edwardian Apron. There is also one for little girls.

Hope this helps,

Christa

Miss Jen said...

How wonderful!!! :)

I have a favorite carrot
cake recipe too! :)
It one first place best of
show at the county Fair.

I will have to try this
one too!!

Love~ Jen

Camille said...

I LOVE carrot cake with cream cheese icing! Too scary!! Must have lots of jungry people on hand to feed it to...or you know what happens! :)

That's an interesting tidbit you share of your "old" life...a cake decorator! THAT will be put to good use over the years with birthdays and celebrations! I've dabbled in it for my own kids birthdays...but I find it takes so long...but the results are worth it...and the pictures too! The most interesting one I did was a camper...yes, you read that right...my boy was enamored with campers so he asked for a camper cake...no one has THAT demonstrated in any cookbooks! :)

Have a wonderful day!
Blessings,
Camille

Lady Farmer said...

Hi Christa~
About the Bran Muffins ~ yes I am sure you could use all butter instead of the shortening. I don't know about the oil ~ it might change the consistancy of the muffin. But that may be ok too as they are quite dense.
And of course you may use my post or link or whatever you wish.
Blessings, friend!

Christa said...

Hi Camille,
A camper cake! That sounds like fun. Maybe some day you can post pictures on your blog.
It's a funny thing about cake decorating. You would think I am making cakes like crazy for my family but they really aren't fond of cake! So, I don't really make cakes for them. :) Once and a while I make a cake for a friend or church.

blessings,

Christa

Antoinette K. said...

Oh Christa! This looks like a wonderful recipe! I LOVE carrot cake, so I just might have to give this one a try! :) I would love to get lessons from you on cake decorating (my mom too!), it sounds like a lot of fun, and you do so well! :)

Blessings,

Miss. Antoinette K.