Thursday, April 14, 2011

Carrot Cake

My friend Candy's little boy's bday is tomorrow and she hired me to bake some cupcakes for the class. She was up to her elbows baking for the weekend's numerous festivities so I was happy to take this off her plate. (Check out her blog if you want to be inspired to rethink the way you eat) Anyway, her son Cam decided carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting was what he wanted, so carrot cake it was.

Since I'm still new at the baking from scratch, I called my go to girl, Akiko (aka my sister-in-law) to help me find the right recipe. We settled on Ina Garten's Carrot and Pineapple Cake, although we did tweak it a bit. Overall, I think it turned out well. Since it was for kids I didn't put the coconut, walnuts or raisins in it, but the taste was good and they were nice and moist. So far, this one is a keeper.

Carrot Pineapple Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

(based on Ina Garten's recipe)

  • 2 C sugar

  • 1 1/3 veggie oil

  • 3 eggs room temp

  • 1 t vanilla

  • 2 1/2 C flour

  • 1/2 t baking powder

  • 2 t baking soda

  • 1 1/2 t cinnamon

  • 1 1/2 t salt

  • 1/2 C crushed pineapple

  • 1 pound of grated carrots

Mix sugar, oil and eggs until fluffy, add vanilla

Sift dry ingreds and add to wet

Fold in carrots and pineapple

Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake 350 for 30-35 minutes

Basic Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 12 oz cream cheese at room temp

  • 8 oz butter at room temp

  • 1 t vanilla

  • 1 lb powder sugar

Combine and mix until light and fluffy. Place in the fridge to firm up if you are piping the frosting.




Candy said...

Thank you again for making these little beauties. This recipe is definitely a keeper--they had Erik, who doesn't even like cake, eating 2 last night and he kept saying, "oh my god" while eating them! Cameron can't wait to have them at school! I'll let you know what the 2nd graders think. :)

Our Red House said...

Yum, I love carrot cake (and I love cream cheese frosting even more!)


Lunette de soleil Christian Dior said...

ok.trop cool et je reviendrai la prochaine fois.