Monthly Archives: April 2015

Best Carrot Cake Recipe!

So, I love to bake!  And I actually have a culinary bucket list.  I have made some of the things on that list, and need to update it.  Interestingly, carrot cake wasn’t on that list.   I have never made a carrot cake before, and although I do like it, I am more of a chocolate lover.  However, there is just something about cake that makes me ooh and ahh.  Not sure why cake is such a big thing to me, but it really is!  Cake and cupcakes…..I love more than any other sweet thing to eat.

I celebrated an anniversary, (a decade with Karol), on April 24, and while usually I would make a cheesecake, I decided to make a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting instead.  So I searched the internet, and found a few promising ones, but I kept going back to the one on the King Arthur website.  Their recipes have NEVER failed me, so I figured I would give it a shot.  It was AMAZING!!  I did make a few adaptions (I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t), but stuck true to the recipe for the most part.

Kitchen Sink Carrot Cake

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 cup melted coconut oil (original recipe called for vegetable oil, but I don’t use that)
  • 2 cups King Arthur white whole wheat flour ( I very rarely use white flour)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 3 1/2 cups finely grated carrots (1 pound)
  • 3/4 cup diced pecans
  • 1 cup shredded coconut.  (unsweetened referred) If using sweetened cut back to 3/4 cup
  • 1/2 cup diced dried pineapple (you can substitute one 8-ounce can crushed pineapple, drained and squeezed dry, if preferred)

Frosting

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 (8 ounce) package reduced fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted (The original recipe called for 3 cups!!  I like my frosting more “cream cheesy” and less sugary, so I cut back to 1/2 cup. Start there and ad sugar to taste)
  • 1 tablespoons non fat milk, or enough to make frosting spreadable

1) Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9″ x 13″ pan.

2) Beat the eggs, sugars, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl till smooth, about 2 minutes at medium-high speed.

3) Mix the melted butter with the oil. With the beater running, add the oil mixture in a stream, beating till smooth.

4) In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and spices. Add these dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stirring to make a smooth batter.

5) Stir in the carrots, nuts, coconut, and pineapple.

6) Spoon the batter into the pan, spreading it to the edges.

7) Bake the cake for 40 to 50 minutes, until the cake is golden brown, and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.

8) Remove the cake from the oven, and cool right in the pan.

9) When it’s completely cool, make the frosting.

10) Combine the butter, cream cheese, vanilla, and salt in a medium-sized bowl, and beat together until light and fluffy.

11) Add the sugar gradually, beating well.

12) Add the milk a little at a time, until the frosting is a spreadable consistency.

13) Spread frosting over the cake.

Yield: 9″ x 13″ sheet cake, about 24 servings.

Mix sugars, eggs and vanilla

Mix sugars, eggs and vanilla

This is melted and mixed with melted utter, then poured into egg mixture

Coconut oil instead of veggie oil

Coconut oil instead of veggie oil

Flour and spices are mixed and added into batter.

white whole wheat flour

white whole wheat flour

Mix carrots into batter…..that was A LOT of shredding…..(couldn’t find the shredder adapter to my food processor)

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Then add in nuts, coconut and pineapple

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Mix together.

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Spread into greased 9×13 pan and bake for 45 minutes at 350.

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Then make frosting.  Mix butter and cream cheese in mixer.

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Mix until creamy, then add in sugar 1/2 cup at a time until it tastes teh way you want it to.

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Spread on cake….then EAT IT!!!!!

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So moist and delicious!!

So moist and delicious!!

Enjoy!! This is truly the Best Carrot Cake Recipe Ever!

 

Let’s get an amazing Student to the Netroots Foundation Conference!!

Another of the amazing people I have met is Morgan Malone.  I wrote about the petition her organization started to reinstate a Black Cultural Center on Old Dominion University Campus.  Well, she is a human being that I have a lot of faith in , and I believe with all my heart we will be hearing about her in the years to come.  Possibly in the political arena?

She is attempting to get to a conference put on by Netroots Foundation.  In fact, this is a conference I myself would like to attend, but I am not sure I can get there.  Morgan is trying to get a scholarship to attend the conference, and it is a “voting” type of thing where the person with the most votes gets the scholarships.  Not sure I agree with their method, but at least they offer a scholarship for attendance, so I can live with it.

This is from their website:

Are you a staffer who wants to pump up your social media skills? Or maybe you’re a blogger who wants to learn how write more persuasively? Whether you’re a student organizer or the person running communications for your organization, the training sessions at Netroots Nation will teach you how be to more effective in using technology to influence the public debate or promote yourself, your cause or your organization.

Each year, we have 40+ hands-on training sessions covering the critical skills that every organizer needs to know, from growing your email list to measuring ROI to becoming a media star. Training tracks for 2015 will include both beginner and advanced online organizing, communications, tech and design and more. And these sessions are led by experienced professionals from dozens of the most well-known organizations and publications in the progressive movement.

Netroots Nation 2015 is July 16-19 in Phoenix, AZ. We’ll be announcing our lineup of 40+ training sessions early this spring. Be sure to sign up for our email list for updates on sessions.

– See more at: http://www.netrootsfoundation.org/programs/netroots-nation/?gclid=CjwKEAjwvPepBRCoqo37teOD1XsSJAC7v6WQo935kJKFVbpz0MVim1ZUcwZQy-bgEVdm8saA_hmUOBoCkDXw_wcB#sthash.vFig3Myh.dpuf

Netroots Foundation brings together online citizens across America, injects progressive voices into the national conversation and advances the values of justice, equality and community in our nation’s politics. With technology, the information revolution and online communities changing the very nature of civic engagement, we seek to accelerate the understanding and support of this fundamental shift in participatory democracy. – See more at: http://www.netrootsfoundation.org/programs/netroots-nation/?gclid=CjwKEAjwvPepBRCoqo37teOD1XsSJAC7v6WQo935kJKFVbpz0MVim1ZUcwZQy-bgEVdm8saA_hmUOBoCkDXw_wcB#sthash.vFig3Myh.dpuf

Netroots Foundation brings together online citizens across America, injects progressive voices into the national conversation and advances the values of justice, equality and community in our nation’s politics. With technology, the information revolution and online communities changing the very nature of civic engagement, we seek to accelerate the understanding and support of this fundamental shift in participatory democracy

Please vote for Morgan to attend this Conference.

Here is the link to read about why she wants to attend, and how to vote for her:

VOTE FOR MORGAN

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So please work with me and Let’s get an amazing Student to the Netroots Foundation Conference!!

#womenslives

Silent Sunday 04/26/15

 

 

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