Monday, June 2, 2014

Carrot Cake

While we aim to provide our followers with a healthy spin on most recipes, occasionally, we do like to splurge! I love to bake desserts: breads, cookies, and cakes (which is the opposite of Janel, i.e. Sister #1, who has the more culinary dinner touch). I have had a serious craving for carrot cake for the last couple months. So, here is my splurge carrot cake recipe. If you figure out a way to modify the recipe to make it healthier and taste just as delicious, please let us know!!

Carrot Cake

original recipe found at: http://www.sweetandsavoryfood.com/search/label/made-from-scratch%20carrot%20cake


Ingredients- Cake:

  •  1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 cups grated carrots
  • 1/3 cup walnuts (optional)
  • 1/2 cup raisins (optional)

Ingredients- Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease a 9x13 in. baking pan.
  • Grate the carrots.

  • In a stand mixer or large bowl cream together sugar, eggs, oil and applesauce. 

  • Then add in remaining ingredients, folding in the carrots, walnuts, and raisins last.

  • Pour the batter in the pan and bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

  • While the cake is baking, make the frosting by mixing together the softened cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla.  Frosting should be nice and thick.

  • Once cake has cooled spread frosting over the cake.

  • Keep cake covered and it will stay fresh for a few days.

Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did!!

xoxo,
Amy

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