I have one son who is not a big fan of sweets. I know, I don’t understand where he came from either. He likes the idea of sweets, but more often than not he will pass them by.
Every year for his birthday he requests carrot cake. The past few years he has baked it himself. Everyone loves this cake.
This is his recipe.
1 cup chopped walnuts
2 1/2 cups grated carrots
2 CUPS FLOUR
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
4 lg eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup veg oil
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup butter
8 oz cream cheese
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
First you need some carrots. This is the Year of the Carrots, remember.
Grate them in your food processor. Or if you do not have one use your hand grater. Then curse half way through and go out and buy a food processor. Honestly, since I bought mine last month I have wondered what I did without it.
Look how beautiful it is. The kid isn’t bad either.
Add all the other ingredients to your mixing bowl. In whatever order you feel like. No really, there is no special way to do it. No need to mix things in separate bowls first. Not that I ever listen when recipes tell me to do that anyway. I do not follow instructions well.
Measure carefully, or carefully-ish.
Notice the child’s broken glasses that have been repaired with the inside of a ball point pen and some scotch tape. he only had to wear them that way for two weeks while we waited for his new pair to arrive.
If you have an annoying younger brother allow him to watch you. Providing, of course, that he stays on the other side of the table.
It is always helpful to have tools handy, just in case the tops to bottles get stuck. Think to yourself that you really should wipe the bottle top off before putting the lid on the bottle and putting away. Promptly forget. Until the next time you need to open the bottle.
Pour the mixture into a greased 9×13″ baking pan. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes.
Of course when you allow kids to cook they also make ungodly messes. Look at that table, it has stuff on it from one end to the other!
Once the cake has cooled completely it is time for the frosting.
Dump all the ingredients into a bowl and beat it all up using your hand mixer. Slather it on the cake.
Then eat! Yum.
This cake is also perfect as a dessert for dinner guests. Or even for breakfast. What? C’mon it has carrots in it and eggs, too. It is practically healthy for you.
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