Amazing Carrot Cake

Amazing Carrot Cake (hidden as a birthday cake!)

Amazing Carrot Cake (masquerading as a birthday cake!)

A few weeks behind on posting.  What can I say?  Life has a way of knocking you on your behind, slapping you in the face and reminding you of what matters most.

In my case: my husband & my girls; our little family.  The end.

The family.  We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another’s desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together.  ~Erma Bombeck

I decided to make this carrot cake for my husband’s birthday….even though he told me not to.  He said: “if we want this carrot cake we really should just ask Chris to make it.”  Bottom line my friend Chris made this cake for us once when they came over to play cards and hang out.  Chris is an excellent baker.  Matt fell madly in love with the cake.  Important fact: my husband thinks I might not do the cake justice.  I should probably agree with him but it’s his birthday and I wanted to make something special for him.

In this house I am not the ultimate baker.  Baking takes time and patience,  two things I am usually short on.  But it was my husband’s BIRTHDAY…I mean come on, I have to bake him a cake!  He usually requests his favorite which is my strawberry cake but this year the carrot cake was in the number #1 position!  It happens!  I do have to agree this carrot cake is simply delicious, moist and totally flavorful!

Chris found this recipe in one of her Taste of Home Magazines.  I went on their website to link up the original but I will be darn; they have a plethora of carrot cake recipes but NOT the one Chris gave me….sorry…I tried!

The BEST carrot cake I have ever eaten in my life!

The BEST carrot cake I have ever eaten in my life!


For the cake:

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons cinnamon

3 cup shredded carrots (I think mine was closer to 3 1/2 cups)

1 20-ounce can crushed pineapple well-drained

2 cup sugar

1 cup canola oil

4 eggs

1 cup toasted walnuts

For the frosting:

2 package cream cheese

1/2 cup butter

2 teaspoons vanilla

7 1/2 cups confectioner sugar

How to (cake):

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease 2 8-inch or 9-inch round baking pans.  Set aside.

In a large bowl combine your flour, baking soda and cinnamon.  Set aside.

In your mixer combine your shredded carrots, drained pineapple, sugar, oil, and eggs.  Mix well.  Add your dry ingredients slowly.  Fold in your walnuts.

Pour into your prepared pans and bake in your preheated oven for about 40 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Let cool completely.  Put on your serving plate.  Time to ice your cake and make it look pretty.  (something I usually fail miserably at!)

Lovely batter

Lovely start

just so you know my house smells like heaven!

just so you know my house smells like heaven!

take a closer look

take a closer look

How to (frosting):

Beat your cream cheese, butter and vanilla until blended.  Gradually add your confectioner sugar until smooth.  Spread generously between the 2 layers and all over this delicious cake.
Note: if you decide to make a sheet cake instead of a round layered cake you should make 1/2 the frosting.

Let's say I did a fair job on the decorating... :)

Let’s say I did a fair job on the decorating… 🙂

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so moist and flavorful, simply amazing!

so moist and flavorful, simply amazing!

Peace and I love Birthdays especially my husband’s 🙂


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Carrot Quick Bread

This title is deceiving.  I should warn you that although it is the time of year when new memberships rise at your local gym, when people are promising a new lease to their bodies, when 8 glasses of water a day seems like a walk in the might be thinking: “good for you Isabelle, a healthy snack to share with us”  Well you are wrong, this has nothing to do with health, new year or being “good”.  This is a typical Isabelle indulgence on a lazy day trying to satisfy my sweet cravings….without too much effort!

Here’s my idea: quick bread (because I am lazy) and carrot cake (because I am lazy and redundant….that’s what’s in my fridge)…..and a whole lotta of glaze!

see....a WHOLE lotta of glaze

Inspired by Food Network: Carrot Bread with Hazelnuts, Coconut and Cream Cheese Glaze


1 1/2 cup shredded carrots (about 2-3 carrots)

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

2 eggs

1/2 cup butter at room temperature

1/3 cup buttermilk

1 teaspoon vanilla

Cream Cheese Citrus glaze (optional)

How to:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray or butter a loaf pan and set aside.

In a large bowl combine your flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and ground cloves.  Set aside.

In your mixer cream your butter.  Add your sugar and your eggs (one at time mixing well between each additions).  Add your buttermilk.  Add your flour mixture at once and mix until just blended.  Using a spatula or wooden spoon add your carrots and dried cranberries.   Pour into your prepared pan and bake in your preheated oven for 35-40 minutes.

oven ready

fresh out of the oven

Citrus Cream Cheese Glaze


1 cup confectioner sugar

3 tablespoon cream cheese (room temperature)

Zest and Juice 1 lemon

How to:

Mix everything together and let is cover the bread madness!

hello my sweet friend!

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Note: yes this bread is fairly healthy…but more important: it is DELICIOUS!  That’s all folks!

Peace and Bing Bam Boom,