Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Bill's Big Carrot Cake





This months challenge for Tuesdays with Dorie was suppose to be Madelines. However, I do not have one of those pans. And, sadly, I could not find one. I went to a craft store where I normally buy my baking equipment, however, they did not have the madeline pan. I was going to order it, but it would not be in till around Wednesday. It really bummed me out because I really wanted the madelines. But, I did get to make these delicious little cakes!

For the people that didn't have the madeline pan (like myself), we were able to use a recipe that was completed in the past. At first, I was going to make the Gooey Chocolate Cakes. After thinking about it, I really wanted to have the Carrot Cake. I hadn't had one in so long. The last one I had was when I was a little girl! My best friends mother made the best Carrot Cake I had ever had. I've really missed that cake. So, I decided that I was going to make Bills Big Carrot Cake. Instead of making it into a cake, I thought making it into cupcakes would be great. They were so good. Brought back memories. I couldn't believe how moist they were! They were amazing! A total must try I have to say.





Recipe

For Cake

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup almond flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups grated carrots
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup plump golden raisins
2 cups sugar
1 cup canola oil
4 large eggs


Cream Cheese Frosting

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
4 tbsp. butter, softened
2 tbsp. sour cream
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups confectioners' sugar



1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Butter three 9-x-2-inch round cake pans, flour the insides, and tap out the excess (Or divide it among muffin cups).

2. In a bowl, whisk the flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. In another bowl, stir together the carrots, chopped nuts, coconut, and raisins.
Working with a stand mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the sugar and oil together on a medium speed until smooth.

3. Add the eggs one by one and continue to beat until the batter is even smoother. Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture, mixing only until the dry ingredients disappear. Gently mix the chunky ingredients. Divide the batter among the baking pans.

4. Bake for 40-50 minutes, until a thin knife inserted into the centers comes out clean. The cakes will have just started to come away from the sides of the pans. Transfer the cakes to cooling racks and cool for about 5 minutes, then run a knife around the sides of the cakes and unmold them. Invert and cool to room temperature right side up.

5. The cakes can be wrapped airtight and kept at room temperature overnight or frozen for up to 2 months.

6. For the frosting, beat cream cheese, butter and sour cream in a medium bowl. Add the vanilla and the confectioners' sugar and mix until smooth. Cool cake completely before frosting. If desired, sprinkle top of cake with chopped nuts and/or sprinkles.






24 comments:

Cheryl said...

That cake rocked! It was my first carrot cake I ever made, and I think it set the bar pretty high.

Nice job!

mimi said...

i really loved the dorie carrot cake too, your cupcakes look great!

kim said...

your cupcakes are adorable! i loved that recipe too, great one to pick :)

Gretchen Noelle said...

What an adorable carrot on top! Great job with this. This cake was delicious!!

rainbowbrown said...

Great choice. It's so nice looking.

Dhanggit said...

definitely one of the most gorgeous carrot cake i've ever laid my eyes on..looks tempting

Grace said...

i don't know who big bill is, but if he's got a carrot cake named after him, he must be doing something right! carrot cake is my favorite cake...although i suspect that has something to do with the cream cheese frosting on top... :)

Engineer Baker said...

Such a cute little cupcake - I love the little carrot on top! A great recipe to go back and try!

Erin said...

Cute cupcakes! Initially I thought you had made a large cake with a giant carrot in the center but than I noticed the cupcake papers. I'm a little slow today :)

Melissa said...

Very cute! Glad you liked it!

CB said...

Your carrot cupcakes are adorable. Definitely a great pick! :)
Clara @ I♥food4thought

Rebecca said...

Ah, Dorie's carrot cake is so good! And your cupcake looks adorable.

Dianne said...

Beautiful!

ellesnewenglandkitchen said...

Do you know what I would give for one of those right now?

I don't, either...but it would be BIG! They look so good!

Maria said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!

Maria
x

Hillary said...

I love the frosting carrot on top - too cute.

VeggieGirl said...

You know, I think it was meant to be be that you couldn't find a madeline pan, since it allowed you to bake the AMAZING carrot cake!!! Love it.

Tarah said...

Thank you everyone!! :]

Kevin said...

Nicely decorated carrot cupcakes!!

Shari said...

I loved this carrot cake. Great job with the cupcakes!

The Kitchen Vixen said...

I'm dying to try this carrot cake. your cupcakes look wonderful;)

Jaime said...

adorable cupcakes!

(though you have a small typo in your post - TWD is a weekly challenge, not monthly!)

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

You're making me want to go home and defrost the mini version of this that I made when BBCC was on rotation! Your cupcakes look delish!

LyB said...

I loved this cake! Yours looks delicious!

 
 
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