Ex-Boyfriend Carrot Cake
Category: Desserts & Sweets | Blog URL: http://tkthor.blogspot.com/2010/02/ex-boyfriend-carrot-cake.html
This recipe was entered in The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest, a compilation of the world’s best food blogs which was published in Fall 2010.
When I was pregnant with Jack I did the unthinkable. I emailed an ex-bf and asked him for his mother's carrot cake recipe. Desperate times call for desperate measures people. We didn't part on the greatest of terms. I broke up with him on Valentine's Day. I know. Totally heartless. But, it had to be done. Do you ever break up on good terms? Really, come on people. Do you? Didn't think so.
Here's another story of my desperation and overly hormonal ways. When I was pregnant with Gus, I begged people on FB to get me a bowl of beer cheese soup from my favorite soup and sandwich place in my hometown. I even called the soup place and begged with the heart and strength of a pregnant woman for the recipe and I was...not close at all to getting them to give it to me. Oh, they told me what goes in it. But not how much. And not the secret ingredient. Thank goodness for the kindness of relatives, because a few days after I made my plea I received a cooler full of my favorite beer cheese soup. Shipped overnight! It was divine. Thank you Uncle W!
Onto the cake. This carrot cake is fabulous. TO. DIE. FOR. I actually hate carrots. Unless they are of the baby carrot variety dipped in blue cheese. Or of the soaked and cooked in brown sugar baby carrot variety. This carrot cake does not have pieces in it. You know what I'm talking about - there aren't any tiny bits of carrot that get stuck in your teeth. It's made with baby food.
I don't make this a lot. I wouldn't be able to move if I did. But, I make the frosting all the time. I use it on absolutely everything that would need something sweet. Sugar cookies. Yes. Fruit. Yes. Brownies. Yes. Pretzels. Yes. You name it. It's delicious on it. I nearly dipped a carrot in it today. But I didn't.
For some reason this is the only bowl I ever use to make this. I have a bunch of bowls. But I love this one from a hundred years ago.
Here's the recipe:
2 cups sugar
4 eggs (mix in one at a time)
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 containers of carrot baby food
1 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp cinnamon (optional) (I don't add this, cause I'm not a cinnamon fan)
Mix them in order. Add the eggs one at a time.
I know you all want to know if you can substitute the oil (cause there is a lot) with applesauce. Just don't. It won't be the same. What I mean to say is, it's not bad with applesauce. It's just not the greatest thing to enter your mouth if it's made with applesauce.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 - 35 minutes.
Here's the frosting. It's just delish.
1-8 oz package of cream cheese (I use the 1/3 less fat, to convince myself I'm being healthy.)
1 lb. powdered sugar (4 cups)
1/4 lb butter (1 stick, softened)
1 tsp vanilla
Mix the above together. Whatever you do. Do not lick it. You won't stop. Remember the Christmas cookies I made? Those are made with this frosting. Seriously. Don't start. You won't stop.