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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

pretty little carrot cakes

I usually make carrot cake in a rectangular pan and simply slice it into fairly big rectangles and pipe some tangy, creamy cream cheese frosting on each piece. But as I was looking at the cooling carrot cake the other day, I decided to fancy it up a bit,
Using a fluted round cutter ( the same one I used for biscuits), I cut out several little cakes about 2 1/2 inches across, piped the frosting as I would for cupcakes, then scraped some lime zest on top and plopped a fresh blueberry on top. You'd never know it took just a few minutes to decorate the batch, and they looked like something from a fancy bakery. Endless variations popped into my head; from chocolate drizzles and scrapings to fat raspberries to toasted nuts and coconut.
To make:
Preheat oven to 350F.
A greased rectangular baking pan.
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil ( I used canola)
1 cup King Arthur all purpose flour
1 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
1 t. cinnamon
2 cups finely grated carrots ( I used the fine grating cone that came with my Kitchenaid mixer)
Beat eggs, sugar, oil, and dry ingredients. Add carrots and mix again. Scrape batter into pan, smooth out, and bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until top springs back slightly when you press it gently.
Remove to cooling rack. After ten minutes, loosen cake gently with spatula, and turn out onto another cooling rack.
When cake has cooled, cut out little circles using a round cutter, pipe on frosting, and decorate.
Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 large package cream cheese
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
juice of one fresh lemon
1 box of confectioner's sugar
Mix and whip ingredients, scrape into a pastry bag with a star tip, and let your imagination run wild!
Have fun!


angelica said...

I love how pretty they look with that lime zest(?) on top. I bet they taste pretty good, too.

katrina said...

Yes, angelica - that's lime zest- don't you love the green? I usually use lemon zest, but I'm so pleased with the lime I think I'll use it more in the future.

My carrot cake recipe is an old Southern recipe , and it's a winner every time I make it. It's moist and delicious and not too sweet - the frosting, on the other hand......fattening, creamy, tangy and addictive.

Barb said...

Oh, they look so yummy!

Just curious. . . but what did you do with the scraps of carrot cake after cutting them out with the biscuit cutter? Snacking on the scraps sounds pretty tasty, too.

katrina said...

Doesn't the cook always get the leftovers, Barb? Yes indeed, plenty of yummy cake - and I'm still enjoying the last of the frosting....yum, yum! I always make twice as much cream cheese frosting just "in case" I need it for repairs.