Monday, November 9, 2009
Carrot Cake Monday Cake 2
Carrot Cake Recipe:
1 cup walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped
3/4 pound *raw carrots (about 2 1/2 cups finely grated)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups granulated white sugar
1 cup vegetable or canola oil
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Note: For a moister carrot cake, add 1/2 cup of crushed pineapple (well drained) or applesauce to the batter when you add the oil and vanilla extract. You may have to bake the cake a few minutes longer.
Note: This cake can be baked in a 9 x 13 x 2 inch pan. Just increase the baking time to between 30 to 40 minutes
Cream Cheese Frosting:
1/4 cup salted butter, room temperature
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
2 cups confectioners (powdered or icing) sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
finely grated lemon zest of one lemon
1 cup toasted and finely chopped walnuts or pecans
To make the carrots you will need: Marzipan and orange and green icing colors (can use liquid or paste food coloring)
Knead a small amount of orange food coloring into the marzipan until the color is distributed and is the desired "carrot" color. Shape into carrots, using a toothpick to make veins.
Knead a small amount of green food coloring into the marzipan and make the carrot tops.
Marzipan is a cooked mixture of finely ground almonds, sugar, and water. It is slightly sweeter and firmer than almond paste and has a smoother texture. It can be colored and rolled out to cover cakes and pastries, or formed into shapes. It comes in plastic-wrapped rolls.
Adapted from The joy of cooking and my Mum's recipe! Every Birthday was celebrated with carrot cake in my family!