It’s my birthday today. For a few more minutes, anyway. And in honor of my birthday, I’ve decided to share with you my most favoritest cake recipe ever. Carrot Cake!

I started with the recipe found here, but added some changes.

Carrot Cake

  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cups vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups grated carrots
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

(You can of course leave the walnuts out if you wish.)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9×13 inch pan, or two 9 inch rounds, or three 8 inch rounds.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together eggs, oil, white sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Mix in flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Stir in carrots. Fold in pecans. Pour into prepared pan(s).
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for between 30 to 50 minutes, depending on which pan size you choose. Cake is done when a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.
Using applesauce allows you to cut down on the oil, so the cake is a little bit healthier for you. As cakes go, anyway. By the way, my family loves this particular applesauce. It tastes amazingly better than the other brands you usually see. It’s made by a co-op of farms, and has no added sugar or other stuff.   If you can find it near you, you really should give it a try. You can read more about them on their website: http://www.vermontvillageapplesauce.com/retailers_vermont_grown.htm
And no, they didn’t pay me to say any of that. 🙂
I got the frosting recipe from the same source as the cake, and it really compliments the cake well.
Cream Cheese frosting
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
 In a medium bowl, combine butter, cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
Simple, isn’t it?
Here is my birthday cake with it’s first coat of frosting. Sorry I can’t show you more, but that would give away the surprise for the party goers. 🙂
What’s your favorite kind of cake?
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