Monday, February 27, 2012

Homemade Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Frosting

Today, my oldest son turns 4 years old. Where did the time go? Birthdays are a big deal at our house, a time for family to come together and pour blessings on the birthday boy/girl and celebrate that fact that God gave this person to be a part of our family. As a mom, who likes to make things as organically and naturally as possible, I like to extend that to the birthday cake, as well. I've found, thru many trials and errors, that most natural, low to no sugar cakes are dry! This year, I've come across a recipe, from the Le Leche Legue, that is an incredibly moist and tasty carrot cake, with no white sugar! You can use sugar, but I used honey, and it was so good! Every one loved it! Here's the recipe for you!

Carrot cake      
This makes a one ­layer cake.
4 or 5 medium carrots
1 1/2 cups unbleached. enriched white flour

 l teaspoon cinnamon
l teaspoon  baking powder
l teaspoon baking soda

 l/2 teaspoon salt
l/2 cup oil (You can also use applesauce, instead of oil. Just use the same amount, that they call for in oil, for the applesauce)
1/2 cup honey or l cup sugar 

2 eggs
l teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Peel the carrots. Grate them with a grater or a food processor to make two cups.
2. In a large measuring cup, sift together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
3. In a food processor, blender, or electric mixer. cream together the oil and honey or sugar.
4. Blend in eggs and vanilla extract. 

5. Blend in dry ingredients. alternately with the grated carrots.
6. Transfer to a greased, square baking dish, 9x9 inches
7. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 to 35 minutes (45 min. if you've doubled the recipe).
8. Cool in the pan for five or ten minutes. Then transfer to a wire

rack, and cool completely. If you wish, frost with cream cheese or other frosting.

Cheese Frosting

6 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons honey or 1/4 cup sugar  

l teaspoon vanilla extract 
1. Use a blender, food processor, or electric mixer. Blend together cream cheese, honey or sugar, and vanilla extract, until smooth.
2. Chill to make it firm enough for frosting and decorating.

It's a great cake, and a wonderful way to celebrate someone's birthday! Now, if someone could invent the serum to stop this accursed growing up, so my baby stays 4 forever, I'll take some!

Until Next Time,

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