Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Sprout's Carrot Cake

Day one of our Spring Works is in the books. I got to sleep in until 3. The rest of the week will begin with a 2:30 alarm, but my alarm is set to play Christian music when it goes off so that's a really nice way to begin the day, even if it is at 2:30 in the morning.

Yesterday I fixed biscuits, gravy, scrambled eggs, sausage, and fruit for breakfast. For dinner I made Salisbury steak with gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, Soft and Fluffy One Hour Rolls, and salad.

Our girl shared this recipe with me a few weeks ago and I fixed it for the crew for dessert. Lots of "What kind of cake is this?" and "Dang, that's good cake!" comments as well as a few groans were overheard so it earns a place in my forever cookbook as well as a blog post. I thought I had a pretty good Carrot Cake recipe, but I think it's been replaced. And if you have Carrot Cake haters in your midst, just call it something else...I'll bet they'll have a change of heart. 😉

Here's the link to the recipe she shared with me: Best Carrot Cake
 As usual, I'm posting it here as well so I'll have a record of it and I'm changing the name.

Sprout's Carrot Cake

2 C flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
3 large eggs
2 C sugar
3/4 C vegetable oil
3/4 C buttermilk
2 tsp vanilla
2 C grated carrots
1 8 oz can crushed pineapple, drained
3 1/2 oz flaked coconut
1 C chopped pecans

*Spray 3 cake pans with baking spray. (The original recipe says to line the pans with wax paper and then spray the wax paper. I didn't do that, but I probably should have.) Stir together flour, soda, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl. In a 2nd bowl, beat eggs, sugar, vegetable oil, buttermilk, and vanilla until smooth. Add flour mixture and mix until well incorporated. Fold in carrots, pineapple, coconut, and pecans. Pour batter into prepared cake pans. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Drizzle warm buttermilk glaze evenly over warm cake layers while they are still in the pan. Cool in pans on wire rack for 15 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely on cooling racks. Spread with cream cheese frosting.

Buttermilk Glaze

1 C sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 C buttermilk
1/2 C butter
1 Tbsp light corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla

*Bring sugar, baking soda, buttermilk, butter, and corn syrup to a boil over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring often for 4 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla.

Cream Cheese Frosting
3/4 C butter, softened
1 - 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
1 - 3 oz package cream cheese, softened
3 C sifted, powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla

*Beat butter and cream cheese until creamy. Add powdered sugar and vanilla, beat until smooth.

Now I only had 2 round cake pans, but our girl assured me that's all she had and it worked out fine. Alas, mine did not. I found myself on the verge of a Carrot Cake Catastrophe:

I thought those pans looked a little full and sure enough they spilled over. Good thing I thought to pop a foil lined cookie sheet under them. My layers fell in a little and they weren't even so it didn't make the prettiest cake,

but it all worked out in the end and it was definitely worth it because it was one heck of a delicious cake. Cut the pieces small - it's a really rich cake. You can always go back for 2nds. I'll worry about how far I'll have to walk to work it off later.

So thanks kiddo! You're becoming quite the aficionado in the kitchen! P.S. She's bringing her Mama sourdough starter!


Sally Langston Warren said...

You sure feed those cowboys well! I am betting they eat better at your house than they do at home! I am embarrassed to admit, you feed them better than I feed my family. I make good meals and my husband makes some meals, but we don’t always cover all the bases like you do! The carrot cake looks wonderful! I am itching to try it. I have a few questions about the glaze. Do you let the glaze cool before you pour it over the cake? Do you pour it over each layer while they are still in the pans? Do you let the cake layers cool before you pour the glaze over them? Ok...that’s all the questions! Just wanted to get the steps clear in my mind before I proceed. Thank you! Take care.

Janna and Mike said...

OK--I will stop complaining about having to cook every single meal the Cowboy and I eat! At least I'm not getting up at 3am and cooking for 10-12 people!!! You have my admiration!

The Joyful Quilter said...

That looks AMAZING!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us. YUM!!

Sherrill said...

Sounds wonderful but I will never make that because it's just me and I sure as heck don't need that much cake. The soft and fluffy 1 hour rolls sound interesting as well as good. Are they in the files? Hopefully these 2:30a wakeups are behind you in a snap!

Tired Teacher 2 said...

Carrot cake is one of my favorite desserts. It looks like you’ve found a winner with this recipe.

Janet O. said...

Looks and sounds delicious!

Donna said...

That cake looks so good! Thanks for the recipe! I personally have never met a carrot cake hater! Carrot cake and German chocolate cake are my favorites! Would you believe my hubby and I are the only two people in the world who don’t like biscuits and gravy??? Everyone thinks we are crazy!!!

ytsmom said...

I make the carrot cake in a 9x13, and only use the glaze, not the cream cheese frosting. Sacrilege, I know, but it is not sooo sweet that way!!

Donna said...

Good morning Karin! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! I baked this cake for Christmas day and I just had to let you know that it is the best carrot cake EVER!!! My sister Bonnie has always baked the carrot cakes using a recipe by Paula Deen. She swears Paula's is the best recipe! When I told her that I wanted to make the cake this year and use this new recipe she was skeptical! We baked it together since we had so many dishes we had to make on Christmas Eve for the next day. She even told me when we were making it that I was responsible if the cake didn't turn out as good as Paula Deen's! Ha! The cake was a huge hit and only a small piece was left which I quickly brought home! My sister even said it was better than Paula's and she loved the buttermilk glaze used! This will definitely be the new carrot cake recipe used in our family! Just had to share and thank you for the recipe! I have known three people in my life who would not share their recipes! One of those ladies did share her recipes but said she didn't want them given to anyone else until after she passed away! My husband's aunt took her recipes to the grave as she didn't write them down! People are so funny about recipes! Thank you again and have a Happy, Healthy, Quilty New Year!

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