Deer-ly Beloved Carrot Cake

Is there anything cuter than a mini cupcake?

NOPE!

The only thing better is eating one, or two or three.

It took me a while to convince my kids while growing up, that veggies and cake go quite well together.

I think they are finally on board.

So . . . what should you do with all those crunchy carrots in the garden?

This.

 I’ve been knee deep making Salsa again today, but the 3rd batch is the last batch!

Do any of you have a trick to rid your house of the smell of Peppers, Garlic, Onions and Cilantro?

My husband says . . . “Not to mention your breath!” 

What kind of a Cook would I be, if I didn’t try it . . . before sealing those lids??

I’m hoping now that my presence in that garden is DONE!

Sunday night, the deer seemed to be enjoying the leftovers. 

 See . . .

 If the deer won’t eat your carrots . . . make CAKE!

~

(I actually have 2 favorite Carrot Cake recipes – they are both fabulous, so I will post both!)

DARN GOOD CARROT CAKE or CUPCAKES

For the CAKE

2 Cups Sugar

1 1/2 Cups oil

4 eggs

1 Cup flour

1 Cup wheat flour

2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

1 Tbsp. cinnamon

2 tsp. vanilla extract

3 cups grated carrots

3/4 C. pecans, chopped or walnuts

1 Cup raisins

1/2 C. crushed pineapple of applesauce

3/4 C. coconut

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

1/2 Cup (1 stick) Butter or Margarine, room temperature

1 8-oz. pkg. cream cheese, room temperature

1 lb. powdered sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

For the Cake:

In a mixing bowl, combine sugar and oil. Add eggs and mix well.  Sift flours, soda, salt, and cinnamon together.  Add to sugar mixture and beat well.  Add vanilla and grated carrots.  Fold in nuts, raisins, pineapple, and coconut.  Grease and flour three 8 inch layer cake pans.  Pour batter evenly into pans and bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean in the center of the cake.  Cool on racks for 10 minutes and remove from pans to continue cooling.  Frost with cream cheese frosting. 

I made both large and small Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting.  I also used a 1M Wilton tip to pipe frosting.  Cupcakes take far less time to cook….watch closely.  When the tops of the cupcakes spring back…they are done.  Mini’s – approx:  10 to 12 min.  Reg. size cupcakes 15-20 minutes.  All ovens vary.

CAN’T PUT YOUR FORK DOWN CARROT CAKE

*Good things Utah recipe

Cake:

1 Tbsp. baking soda

1 Tbsp. Salt

2 Cups flour

2 cups sugar

2 Tbsp. cinnamon

4 eggs

1 Tbsp. vanilla

1 1/2 C. vegetable oil

4 C. carrots, shredded by hand

Icing:

2 8-oz pkgs. cream cheese

1 C. butter

2 lb. powdered sugar

1 C. coconut (optional)

1 C. pecans, chopped (optional)

Directions:

Sift dry ingredients together.  In a separate bowl, beat eggs; add vanilla and oil.  Mix with dry ingredients.  Stir in Carrots.  Bake in three 9 inch greased and floured cake pans at 350 for 30 to 35 minutes.  To make icing, combine cream cheese and butter.  Stir in powdered sugar until thick and fluffy.  Add coconut and pecans if desired.  Spread on each layer of the cooled cake.  Makes 10 servings.

 

 

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  • Berta - October 20, 2010 - 10:07 pm

    Carrot cake just happens to be MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE! These will be nice (smaller portions) – so delicious. Can’t wait to try these. I need a little tutoring on the frosting however – I need to get fancy. THANKS FOR SHARING!ReplyCancel

  • Berta - October 20, 2010 - 10:08 pm

    PS. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the deer shots!!!ReplyCancel

  • fuatgencal - October 21, 2010 - 2:44 am

    Hayırlı günler, ellerinize, emeğinize sağlık. Çok leziz ve iştah açıcı görünüyor.Paylaşım için teşekkürler.

    Saygılarımla.ReplyCancel

  • Krystle Thorn - October 21, 2010 - 9:06 am

    Love your deer pictures but I think I started drooling with the mini cupcakes!ReplyCancel

  • ingrid - October 22, 2010 - 9:59 am

    YAY! Two for one! But which is THE ONE? I made a zucchini cake and next up was a carrot.

    Happy Friday!
    ~ingridReplyCancel

  • chocolate freckles - October 23, 2010 - 8:27 pm

    I love carrot cake!!! It is just one of my faves!ReplyCancel

  • Jillian - October 24, 2010 - 7:10 pm

    those are adorable and look delicious as well!ReplyCancel

  • Anna - October 26, 2010 - 8:04 pm

    Wow, a whole stick of butter! I’ve been searching other recipes to find one with less butter, but all of them call for that much. Have you come across any recipes with less butter? Or would that just ruin the goodness of cream cheese frosting?ReplyCancel

  • Brandi - October 26, 2010 - 10:31 pm

    I just love those cute little garden eaters. Especially that little babe. SO SO CUTE. Great pictures mom.
    I like carrot cake. I have never made it before. I think I will have to give it a try. They look perfect (like everything you make).ReplyCancel

  • Kallie - September 2, 2011 - 10:26 pm

    Love your site! I made the second one, and I just want to make sure that you really use a T. of salt. Something was off, and I can’t figure it out. 🙂 Guess I need a little more practice!ReplyCancel