Wednesday, July 25, 2012

My New Favorite Carrot Cake Recipe

While planning my sister's shower, I called my mom to get ideas from her for the dessert table. When she said that Sally had recently mentioned carrot cake, I was a bit surprised. Really, carrot cake??? That's kind of boring, right? After consulting my sister and finding out that indeed, she really had been craving carrot cake, I set on on a hunt to track down the most yummy looking carrot cake recipe that I could find. If the pregnant lady wants carrot cake, she'll get carrot cake and it better be darn good.

I found this recipe here, on allrecipes.com. The reviews for this cake were amazing and the cake was really easy to make. If you're like me and you don't get excited when you hear the words "carrot cake", maybe you should try this recipe sometime. It might just change your mind about this funny old veggie cake.

My Favorite Carrot Cake Recipe
3 eggs
3/4 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 cups shredded carrots
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple with juice
1 cup raisins

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8x12 inch pan.
In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine eggs, buttermilk, oil, sugar and vanilla. Mix well. Add flour mixture and mix well.
In a medium bowl, combine shredded carrots, coconut, walnuts, pineapple and raisins.
Using a large wooden spoon or a very heavy whisk, add carrot mixture to batter and fold in well.
Pour into prepared 8x12 inch pan, and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 1 hour, or use 2 circle cake pans and bake for 25 minutes-or until tooth pick comes out clean.
Cool completely before frosting.
Tomorrow I'll share my favorite homemade cream cheese frosting recipe and I'll {try} and explain how I frosted this cake. I'm totally NOT an expert when it comes to frosting cakes but, I can still share the {few} tips that I have. 

I hope you're having a great week. We've all been sick around here and really, this week has kind of stunk for us. When I sat down to write this post, I debated about writing a long, whiny post describing my cabin fever and how my sick kids have been driving me bonkers. Instead I decided to share a  yummy recipe with you and I'm glad I did. Plus, the cup of coffee I downed while writing this was delicious. 

Enjoy!
Angela 
Linking up here. 

15 comments:

  1. This recipe reminds me of hummingbird cake. If you haven't heard of that, look it up. It's delicious.

    This sounds fantastic, and looks even better! I love the frosting technique you used, and can't wait to hear about how you did it!

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    1. Hi Ashley,
      I posted the frosting recipe and I tried to explain the technique that I used. Let me know if you have any questions. Hope you're having a great weekend!

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  2. Beautiful cake, and I'm sure it tastes just as good as it looks. I have a link party, and I would love it if you would link this post. You can find it at
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/07/face-cleansing-oil-and-wednesdays.html
    It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party.
    I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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  3. This cake looks amazing! I'm not a huge carrot cake fan, but after making one myself a few months ago, I realized how good they really can be. This recipe looks great.

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  4. I'm drooling on my keyboard. Carrot cake is my absolute FAVORITE. It looks so beautiful, too! Just found your blog, I'm your newest follower! Have a great night. :)

    Tiffany @ Tiffanyandcoblog.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Tiffany! Thanks for the sweet comment!

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  5. I love how you frosted this cake!

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  6. Wow, that cake looks so very good! Yummie! Liz

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  7. First of all... LOVE the presentation!! The cake's frosting looks AWESOME!!!! Gosh I would LOVE some!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

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  8. I love carrot cake! fabulous! we would love for you to link up some of your recipes over at our party!

    http://baked-inthesouth.blogspot.com/2012/07/made-it-by-monday-link-party_31.html

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  9. Delicious!! I think I'll give this a try.

    I've pinned for reference!!

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  10. Yum, I'm drooling a little bit. I have a carrot cake obsession...and this looks so pretty. I'm sharing on my Sunday State roundup.

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  11. It's so pretty! I love carrot cake, going to try your recipe!
    Hello, new follower here! I would love to have you link up with my Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/10/upcycled-chicken-coop-clever-chicks.html

    I hope to see you there!
    Cheers!
    Kathy
    The Chicken Chick

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