Sunday, December 27, 2009

Classic Carrot Cake

For Ana's Birthday she wanted a different cake. Since that it would be her cake so found the recipe. She mixed it up, changed ingredients and added ingredients, and the result is here. So we hope you like it! It's a little plain but you can decorate it if you want.

Ingredients -- For the cake:
2 cups of granulated sugar
1 1/3 cup of vegetable oil
3 extra large eggs at room temperature
2 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons of baking soda
1 ½ teaspoon of kosher salt
1 pound of carrots (5-6 large carrots also works) grated

Ingredients --- For the frosting:
1 4oz package of butter
1 8oz package of Philadelphia cream cheese
1 cup of confectioners sugar, sifted

Directions -- For the cake:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter 2 (or just 1 pan for a thick cake!) 8-inch cake pans (round).

Beat the sugar, oil, and eggs together in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until light yellow. (Or just whisk together till it becomes light yellow!) In another bowl sift together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet little bit by little bit. Fold in the carrots to the mixture. Divide batter evenly into the two buttered cake pans. (or just one) Bake for 55 to 60 min. Or until a toothpick come out clean. Allow the cakes to cool overnight. (Put a towel on top.)

Directions -- For the frosting:

Mix the cream cheese and butter in a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. (This one just comes out better with the electric mixer don’t recommend to do this with whisk or spoon.) Wait until the 2 ingredients are fully combined. Add the sugar and mix until smooth.

Place 1 layer, flat-side up, on a flat plate or cake pedestal. With a knife or offset spatula, spread the top with frosting. Place the second layer on top, rounded side up, and spread the frosting evenly on the top and the sides of the cake. Or if you just made it one piece put cake on a flat plate or a cake pedestal and put icing on the sides and top.

Optional: I don’t add any decorations to the cake but if you would like you could add: walnuts, rasins, anything that you like.

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