Wednesday, January 11, 2006

By Request - Carrot Cake Recipe

Shout out to you Demetrius. Here's the carrot cake recipe. This came from River's Edge, the Bed and Breakfast where J proposed (on a mountaintop at sunset no less). Right on a stream with an organic garden River's Edge was a lovely and romantic respite from city life. When we went, Lee, the proprietor, served dinner. The food was incredible, not it's inventiveness, the but freshness of the ingredients. A cumcember and toamto salad was a revelation because it almost felt like you were tasting the vegetables for the first time. Lee only uses organic products. Most of the fruits and vegetables are grown on the premises without chemicals. I can tell you the WATER at the bed and breakfast was the best I had ever tasted. Because she is invested in the well-being of her guests, most of her recipes are low(but not non)fat. This is one of those and there really isn't any difference in flavor from this carrot cake and the ones that call for 2 cups of oil. Sadly, River Edge closed in October because Lee got married. Damn her for finding happiness.

Carrot Cake

2 cups unbleched flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup apple butter
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 large egg whites (or 1 egg)
3 cups of grate carrot

Combine first 6 ingredients (flour through salt) and mix well.

Combine apple butter and the next 5 ingredients (apple butter through egg whites) in a large bowl; stir well with a whisk. Add apple butter mixture to flour mixture, sitrring just until moist. Fold in carrot.

Pour batter into 8 or 9 inch cake pans coated with cooking spray or muffin tins lined with liners (makes 18 muffins). If using cake pans bake at 350 degree for 35 minutes until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. If making cupcakes, bake for 20 minutes.

Cream cheese frosting (this is my own frosting recipe)

8 ounces of cream cheese at roo temperature (can use lowfat)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar

Beat cream cheese and vanilla on high until fluffy and smooth. Add sugar a half a cup at a time.

1 comment:

Demetrius said...

AWESOME!! I can't wait to make this and will follow up and tell you how it turns out.