My favorite cake recipe is....Carrot Cake...it's delicious, nutritious and easy to bake. My second year high school daughter is already an expert with this yummy cake. I taught her how to bake way back in her elementary years. This is my first Yummy Sunday entry and I included the how to on baking one delicious carrot cake. WELCOME and start baking. Cake: 3 medium-sized carrots, peeled 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups sugar 2 teaspoons baking soda 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 cup corn oil 3 eggs, lightly beaten 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 cup chopped walnuts 1 cup shredded coconut (sweetened variety) 3/4 cup canned crushed pineapple, drained
Step 2:Throw the chopped carrots in a pot and cover with water, and simmer for about 10 minutes.
Step 3:And shred/grate the un-chopped carrots:
Step 4:Drain the carrots that were simmering, and throw in a food processor or blender, and puree them.
Step 5:Sift the flour, sugar, baking soda and cinnamon into a large bowl. Sifting helps the flour absorb more of the liquid, and makes for a moister, softer cake.
Step 6:Add the oil, eggs and vanilla.
Step 7:Beat them well with your mixer.
Step 8:Fold in the carrot puree, grated carrot, walnuts, coconut and pineapple.
Step 9:Take whatever you're cooking it in. You can do in in a glass baking dish, or like me, taking 2 9-inch round foil cake pans, to make a 2-layer cake. Grease you pan, and line with parchment or wax paper. Grease them up too.
Step 10:Add your cake mixture to your cake tins:
Step 11:Now, throw into a 350F oven. The cooking time depends on what you're cooking it in. Mine took about 40 minutes. Since my stove is gas, I rotated the cakes between the middle shelf and the top shelf, to maintain regular temperatures. You'll know it's done with a toothpick comes out clean, when sticking it down into the carrot cake.
Cool them on a rack for ten minutes:Step 12:After 10 minutes, flip your carrot cake out onto the rack. You might need to run a thin knife around the edge of the pan to loosen it, but for the most part it should plop right out. Let cool completely. Step 13:Awesome. Now, let's make some frosting for the carrot cake.
Put your softened butter and cream cheeseinto a large mixing bowl, and mix well. Slowly add your confectioners sugar, while mixing.
Step 15:Don't do like I did, and start mixing too fast and sugar flew everywhere:
Add your vanilla, and lemon juice. Mix, and you've got icing.
Step 16:Ice your cake dependant on what type you made. If it's two like mine, you'll put one on a platter, ice the top, and lay the second on that. Then ice the whole thing. Add decors, whatever toppings you can, just like what I have featured here.