Monday, September 7, 2009

Cake for Breakfast!

I had cake for breakfast.

Carrot Cake. And it was mighty tasty.

Despite the fact that it was 85 degrees in the house, I fired up the oven and baked a cake. All for the love of cream cheese frosting.

It's not really pretty. If I just bake for us I don't bother with making it look good. As long as it tastes good... I used a different recipe for this one. I have one that I usually rely on, but wanted to try something new. I wasn't as impressed with this one. Still good, but not amazing. I guess I'll go back to the old standby...

Carrot Cake

4 eggs
1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
2 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 cups grated carrots

Cream Cheese Frosting

1/2 cup butter, softened
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
4 cups confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

I don't like nuts or raisins in my carrot cake, but it would be easy enough to add either to this recipe.


The Waylaid Wordsmith said...

My standby carrot cake recipe is virtually identical...I use 1/2 cup of oil and 1/2 cup of applesauce instead of all oil, and my recipe calls for 1/2 cup less sugar than yours.

Raisins in cake are evil.

Try it with the zucchini! It was so good...

The girl with the flour in her hair said...

I play around with this recipe a lot...I've used a combination of whole wheat flour and flax seed in place of the oil, applesauce, almost always comes out good. I guess carrot cake it one of those things that you can't do wrong!

What did you frost your zucchini cake with?

The Waylaid Wordsmith said...

I mess with a lot's a surprisingly hard cake to screw up, which is why I like it. Even using all whole-wheat it still stays moist and pretty light.

I didn't frost it, we ate it plain and it was delicious. I think it would probably be really awesome with a glaze. As much as I love cream-cheese frosting, I think it would be a little intense with the zucchini flavor...but I might be wrong!

Lille Diane said...

Oh stop it both of you! I am drooling and there's no cake anywhere...or carrots, or cream cheese frosting [sniff] not even a mammoth zucchini to be found around here... [sobbing now] dang, dang, dang-ity-dang. But I am suddenly up for adoption, and will lick errrr... I mean wash the plates for you. =]

Krissy said...

Ooh! That sounds good! I'm busy trying to figure out a good cake and frosting recipe that uses no soy, dairy, cargeenan(which is in most milks be it rice, almond, soy or regular) or eggs! I think I may be left trying to make a cake out of a cup of water!

I love your cake designs! They're so fun and you're so creative!