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I baked a carrot cake cheesecake for Olivia’s birthday.  Dairy free so Donnie could eat it.  It was soooo good!

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Carrot Cake:

2 C. flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. calt

1 tsp. each cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice

4 eggs

2 C. sugar

2 tsp. vanilla

1 1/4 C. oil

2 C. shredded carrots

1 C. raisins, soaked in rum, drained

1 small can crushed pineapple, drained

1 C. chopped nuts (optional)

Spray a 13 x 9 cake pan.

Whisk dry ingredients together.

In a separate bowl, beat the eggs for 2 minutes and add sugar and vanilla.  Add oil.  Blend in flour mixture a little at a time.

Fold in remaining ingredients and pour into cake pan.

Cheesecake:

2 containers daiya or tofutti cream cheese

1/2 c. sugar

3 eggs

1/2 C. non-dairy yogurt

1 tsp. vanilla

Blend ingredients until smooth and spoon evenly over carrot cake batter.

Bake at 350F for 50-55 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.

Top with berries, if desired.

 

 

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Homemade Carrot Cake

As you all know, I am spoiled rotten by having an amazing baker – Molly the Baker – in the family.  She happens to live 1300 miles away!  A special friend was having a birthday, and I know carrot cake is his fave!  I adapted a version of my Aunt Fran’s carrot cake, and had a friend help me!  Thank you Margie!

2 C. flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. nutmeg

1 tsp. allspice

4 eggs

2 C. sugar

2 tsp. vanilla

1 1/4 C. oil

2 c. finely shredded carrots

1 c. golden raisins (soaked in rum) – drained

1 8 oz. can crushed pineapple, drained

1 C. chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Line two 9 inch cake pans with parchment sprayed with baking spray.

Whisk together dry ingredients in a bowl.

In the mixer bowl, beat eggs for 2 minutes.   Add sugar and vanilla.  Reduce speed and add oil.  Blend in flour mixture a little at a time.

Fold in remaining ingredients and pour into prepared cake pans.

Bake 35-40 minutes until 160 F internal temperature.

Cool overnight in the fridge.

Cream Cheese Frosting – from Molly the Baker!

1 8 oz block cream cheese, room temperature

6 Tbsp. butter, room temperature

1 tsp. vanilla

2 c. powdered sugar, sifted.

Place cream cheese in mixer bowl and mix with paddle 3-4 minutes until fluffy.

Add in butter, and mix 3-4 minutes more.

Add in vanilla and mix until incorporated.

Add powdered sugar 1/2 c. at a time, until fluffy and smooth.

I confess that I forgot to sift the sugar, and it still came out amazing.

 

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Carrot Cake:

2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon table salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups canola oil
4 large eggs
3 cups grated peeled carrots
1 cups coarsely chopped walnuts (optional) – Molly used pecans.
1/2 cup raisins (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Whisk flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger in medium bowl to blend. Whisk sugar and oil in large bowl until well blended. Whisk in eggs 1 at a time. Add flour mixture and stir until blended. Stir in carrots, walnuts and raisins, if using them.

Butter two 9-inch-diameter cake pans instead of cupcake molds. Line bottom of pans with waxed parchment paper. Butter and flour paper; tap out excess flour. Divide the batter between the prepared pans, and bake the layers for about 40 minutes each, or until a tester inserted into center comes out clean. Cool cakes in pans 15 minutes. Turn out onto racks. Peel off paper; cool cakes completely.

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting:

Two (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup pure maple syrup

In a stand mixer beat all the ingredients on medium until fluffy. Chill the frosting for 10 to 20 minutes, until it has set up enough to spread smoothly.

To assemble a carrot layer cake, frost the top of one cake, place the other cake on top. Frost the sides and top, swirling decoratively. Refrigerate the cake for 30 minutes to set up frosting.

Molly was disappointed with the consistency of the frosting, and how the finished cake looked.  That’s why she took only a picture of a piece already cut.  She kept saying she should have made cupcakes and piped the frosting.

Molly's Awesome Carrot Cake

2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups light olive oil OR your favorite vegetable oil
2 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour mix (see notes)
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons gluten-free baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup chopped nuts
3 cups freshly grated carrots
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 ounces cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups gluten-free powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350° F

Use two round 9-inch cake pans, lightly grease and place a circle of parchment in the bottom of the pan for easy removal.

Cream sugar and eggs in a large mixing bowl with an electric beater or stand mixer. Add oil and vanilla and beat just until smooth.
In a separate bowl combine gluten-free flour mix, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Whisk to combine. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and beat until blended.

Stir in grated carrots and nuts. Pour the batter into prepared pans.
Bake in preheated oven for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

While cake is cooling place butter, cream cheese and vanilla in a large mixing bowl and beat on high until smooth. Add powdered sugar and beat until smooth and creamy.
When cake is cool frost.

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Molly decorated the top of the cake with some crumbs from a small cake she baked in a ramekin.

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