Saturday, July 23, 2011

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Hey everyone! My sons come home for dinner on Sundays and love Carrot Cake so when I saw a write-up about it on thekitchn.com, I had to give it a try. This is now my favorite Carrot Cake recipe!
Sunday Dinner Menu:
Fresh Cut Oven Fries
Raw Veggie Tray
Carrot Cake
Carrot Cake
2 C A/P flour
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
4 eggs, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 C canola or vegetable oil
1 C sugar
4 C grated carrots
raisins and/or walnuts-optional

Cream Cheese Frosting
1/4 C butter
8oz cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla
3 C powdered sugar
pinch of salt

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x13 baking dish.
  2. You can read very specific mixing instructions HERE, honestly, I just threw everything except the carrots, raisins and walnuts, into the bowl of the mixer. Started it slowly, then scraped down the sides and turned it up for a minute till mixed.
  3. Fold in the carrots, raisins and walnuts by hand. (I plumped the raisins in hot water while I mixed the rest, then gave them a squeeze to remove excess moisture.)
  4. Pour into baking dish, tap the dish on counter a couple times to remove air bubbles, and bake for 40-45 minutes. Cupcakes took 18-20 minutes.
  5. Cool.
  6. Frosting: Beat butter and cream cheese till smooth. Gradually add the rest. Beat until creamy scraping down sides of bowl as necessary.
  7. Frost cake.
Notes:
  • A half batch gave me 11 cupcakes.
  • I just added a small handful of raisins and nuts.
  • Paper cupcake liners came off of the cake nicely.
  • This is moist, soft, lightly spiced and yummy!

53 comments:

  1. Oh, this looks divine... I'm a big fan of carrot cake! ;)

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  2. Mmm Mmmm Mmmm! I'm licking my lips just looking at it!

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  3. I love finding grest recipes while blogging.

    Thanks for sharing this one. Looks fantastic and one of the few ways I can get my kids (teens) to eat more veggies!!!

    Thanks again!
    Alison

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  4. looks great and the whole meal would go over big at my house!!

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  5. Seeing this cake, I know that having dessert first is a great idea...first course and only course!

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  6. Looks delicious. I know your sons enjoyed that wonderful meal and dessert.

    hug
    Sissie

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  7. Lynn, I love your whole menu, but the carrot cake sounds wonderful. What time is dinner tomorrow? xo,

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  8. We are having a house full of teenagers to the cabin this weekend.....these recipes look perfect..thanks!

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  9. How lucky you are to have your sons close enough to come for dinner once a week! Mine lives across the country and Sunday used to always be our dinner night.

    Your menu looks delicious. Enjoy!

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  10. Mmmm, looks good! I was just thinking that I haven't had carrot cake in years-like 20 or so! I thought I make one soon. Thanks for the recipe.
    -Lynn

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  11. Yummy...I love carrot cake about as well as any...other that a white cake with a real fudge icing>:))
    Thanks for the recipe.
    Glad you see your guys often..:)

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  12. When my boys grow up, I want them to come home every Sunday too. :-) Carrot cake is one of those things I just cannot stop eating...so I don't EVER make it. But cupcakes? What a brilliant idea. Would I have more will power dealing with a cute little cupcake?

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  13. I love carrot cake! This looks so good!

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  14. Love that carrot cake! I wish I had all of my boys close enough to come to dinner on Sundays. Sigh. I still go to MY mama's house every Sunday though, and she cooks dinner for anybody who shows up!

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  15. Menu looks delicious, so does the carrot cake. Wish I had a huge slice of it, carrot cake is a favorite!

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  16. yu!1 A confession: I would be licking off all that frosting and then "reusing the cupcake" to reload with more frosting!

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  17. This cake looks scrumptious.. So glad you shared. xo marlis

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  18. Love, love carrot cake and cream cheese frosting. I would add the raisins and nuts too! My family would love your Sunday dinner.

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  19. Oh I love carrot cake. Have not had it forever. Yours not only looks totally delicious, but beautiful!

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  20. I adore carrot cake but never make it! Crazy!
    Thanks for reminding me how good it is, and a new recipe to try.
    Maggie

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  21. You are a sweetheart!
    Thank you so much for joining Cupcake Sunday at My Cozy Corner.
    I just love carrot cake or cupcakes. Thanks again for stopping by.
    xo
    Betty

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  22. mmmmmm....I LOVE carrot cake, and this looks so yummy!
    Hope you are enjoying the weekend.
    Debbie

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  23. These look fantastic, Lynn. I love carrot cake and cream cheese icing.

    Hope you have a wonderful week. La

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  24. i'd like to order a dozen...
    do you ship overnite ??? :D
    these look YUMMO for sure
    BEAR HUGS
    ~victoria~

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  25. Oh yum.. wish I had one right now! I love carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. I'll save your recipe to make on a cooler day than 97deg.
    Gosh that looks so good I may have to get up early and make them in the morning. Cupcakes take less time, right? :)
    Hugs,
    Babs

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  26. Did i tell you I love this blog ? I loove this blog.

    its like the perfect working womans blog because your recipes always have the exact ingredients in mah frig - seriously. And thats a feat considering the feraliness and all...

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  27. I'm tucking this recipe away for a cool day when I'll want to turn on the oven to warm up the house. THANKS!
    I ♥♥♥ carrot cake & in the form of cupcakes, it might be the portion control I need. I said "might be".

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  28. Lynn, this recipe would make my husband swoon. I'll give it a try as soon as the weather calms down a little. Bless your heart for firing up the oven for your boys during this heat.

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  29. Lynn I love carrot cake,this recipe is a keeper, and looks yummy tasty!
    Send me 1/2 dozen,just so I could sample!teehehe.
    O' never mind the mailman would probable eat 'em for they get to me,Dawg-gone-it,I need to go to the grocery anyway,I'll just pick-up a bag of carrots,and whip these out!

    Thanks
    ~Jo
    LazyonLoblolly

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  30. Lynne,
    Carrot cake is my husbands favorite! But with just 2 of us here, making a whole cake is often too much. These cupcakes are perfect. I'll make these and freeze them. Then, when he wants something sweet I can take out a cupcake at a time.
    Thanks for joining ON THE MENU MONDAY and bringing your sweet treat and great ideas.
    Yvonne

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  31. sloppy joes !!!!! i love that ! we used to have them every year before we went trick or treating...

    thanks for the memories
    and i LOVE the carrot cake...
    and i love seeing your menu..love your blog

    :-)

    kary and teddy
    xx

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  32. Oh my goodness, I LOVE carrot cake & in cupcake form, this is even better!!

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  33. I love carrot cake, but have never tried it with pineapple. I'm pinning this one.

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  34. Hi Lynn, it's so good to be back home and visiting my favorite blogs! These carrot cake cupcakes are just perfect - I agree with what Yvonne said about a whole cake being just too much with two people in the house. And I love that your sons come home on Sundays - love, love, love it so much! We are meeting my daughter's boyfriend for the first time this Sunday in the city - I'm a bit nervous! Ciao, bella xxoo

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  35. Strangely enough, I can't stand carrots but love carrot cake. What I really like about this recipe is that you told how much a half recipe makes. That's what we need around here. (Less temptation without less taste.)

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  36. That's pretty much the recipe I have used for years, but mine has crushed pineapple in it. I love carrot cake! What a treat for your sons, it looks delicious, L!

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  37. I love the idea of making these into cupcakes. Thanks for the recipe!
    Jane

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  38. I saw that recipe as I also get their e-mail updates :) It looks better in your photo Lynn--now I'm going to copy it down for a future treat!

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  39. What time do you serve dinner? My gang would love to join you at the table. The carrot cake sounds like the perfect ending to your meal. it really looks delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  40. Delicious! I'd come home all the time if I were your son....Christine

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  41. Oh this was my favorite cake when I was a kid. I have not had it in years. I think I shall make one for my kids this weekend. Great menu idea.

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  42. YUM !!! Love carrot cake, esp when topped with cream cheese icing. Then put all that into a cupcake and boom - SUPER HIT!. thx for sharing :)

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  43. Stunning!! this recipe is being printed out now! Can't wait :)
    Mary

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  44. Think I'll do sloppy Joes tomorrow night for dinner.. they're always so easy to throw together at last minute when Hubby gets home late from work. Fresh fries you say?? Wowzer, that sound yummy, and that carrot cake looks moister than any I have ever seen. That's a wonderful menu!

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  45. i have to tell you...you made me LAUGH...about having the apron down pat...but needing to add the towel....too funny, my friend

    kary
    xx

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  46. Is there anything better than carrot cake with cream cheese frosting? (no). OK, now I want carrot cake. This looks amazing.

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  47. Oh yum. I just love carrot cake, especially the frosting!
    Sherry

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  48. I haven't had carrot cake in so long. This looks amazing.

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  49. This looks amazing. Yum. Hey do you have a button?

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  50. That's one hot cupcake! Thanks for linking it up to Sweets for a Saturday.

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