Intro: Carrot Cake - Really Nice.
Let me first tel you that this takes normally 30 minutes to 1 hour to prepare and almost only couple of hours to cook the same. Now lets see the steps.
Step 1: Note These Ingredients
For Cake the list is :
3 medium-sized carrots, peeled
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup corn oil
3 eggs, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup shredded coconut (sweetened variety)
3/4 cup canned crushed pineapple, drained
for Frosting the list is :
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
6 tablespoons butter, softened
3 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoon lemon juice
thats all, and serve with lots of love :) to make it lovely.
Step 2: Peel Your Carrots
Peel your carrots, and roughly chop 2 of them. Have a look at attached image, it would help you a lot.
Step 3: Simmer for About 10 Minutes
Throw the chopped carrots in a pot and cover with water, and simmer for about 10 minutes.
Step 4: Shred/grate
And shred/grate the un-chopped carrots:
Step 5: Drain
Drain the carrots that were simmering, and throw in a food processor or blender, and puree them.
Step 6: Sifting for Softing
Sift the flour, sugar, baking soda and cinnamon into a large bowl. Sifting helps the flour absorb more of the liquid, and makes for a moister, softer cake.
Step 7: Use Oil
Add the oil, eggs and vanilla.
Step 8: Mixing
Beat them well with your mixer.
Step 9: Mix All
Fold in the carrot puree, grated carrot, walnuts, coconut and pineapple.
Step 10: Grease Em
Take whatever you're cooking it in. You can do in in a glass baking dish, or like me, taking 2 9-inch round foil cake pans, to make a 2-layer cake. Grease you pan, and line with parchment or wax paper. Grease them up too.
Step 11: Add With Cake
Add your cake mixture to your cake tins:
Step 12: Oven and Cooling
Now, put into a 350F oven. The cooking time depends on what you're cooking it in. Mine took about 40 minutes. Since my stove is gas, I rotated the cakes between the middle shelf and the top shelf, to maintain regular temperatures. You'll know it's done with a toothpick comes out clean, when sticking it down into the carrot cake.
Cool them on a rack for ten minutes:
Step 13: Knife
After 10 minutes, flip your carrot cake out onto the rack. You might need to run a thin knife around the edge of the pan to loosen it, but for the most part it should plop right out. Let it cool completely.
Step 14: Frosting
Now, let's make some frosting for the carrot cake.
Put your softened butter and cream cheese into a large mixing bowl, and mix well.
Slowly add your confectioners sugar, while mixing.
Step 15: Mixing
See attached image
Step 16: Add Them
Don't do like I did, and start mixing too fast and sugar flew everywhere :)
Add your vanilla, and lemon juice. Mix, and you've got icing.
Step 17: And the Last Step
Ice your cake dependant on what type you made. If it's two like mine, you'll put one on a platter, ice the top, and lay the second on that. Then ice the whole thing.
now, just prepare it and let me know, did you and your family members like it?