Carrot Cake

by Maryam on November 28, 2010

Did you ever face a problem that, your family (including brothers, sisters, father and mother, husband, kids, etc.) refuse to taste a new cake you’ve just baked for the first time? How would you feel then? Especially when you know that the cake tastes great! And what about the wasted effort? Well, I used to have these kind of problems .. but not anymore!

When I decided to bake this cake, I thought of all the NOs that I will face when asking them to taste at least one bite; so I created four simple steps to ensure that the tasting processes will succeed this time .. and it did!

Baking cakes with a unique ingredients like CARROT, is not widely used or known here in Kuwait. I’ve imagined the faces of my family while I’m telling them what is inside the cake they are going to try, I knew immediately that I will lose the battle and my cake will not be eaten at all!

Luckily, I created four simple steps that ensure that, each one will try it before making his/her own “NO .. I don’t like this kind of stuff .. I feel full .. I don’t like nuts in the cake .. etc.“ judgments. I learned these four steps after very long, deep thinking on how to convince them at least to try it! So, I decided to use the human curiosity power factor. I’ve listed below the steps hoping it will be useful for whoever face similar kind of problems as it was for me!

The first step .. never, ever mention the ingredients before they try it first! Step number two .. make sure if they like it, that they finish their whole piece first before revealing the cake secret. Step number three .. wait till you hear the complements on your cake “of course this will only happen if your cake was really good”. Step number four .. NOW you can surprise them !!

Another thing that I didn’t told my family about this cake is .. the cake was my birthday cake .. Originally, my birthday was one day before Hajj, I couldn’t celebrate at that time nor I baked a cake for the occasion. Today, and after two weeks I decided to do the cake thing, although the time for celebration is over! However, I couldn’t let my birthday go without a cake!

Carrot Cake

Adapted from allrecipes.com, with few personal changes!

Cake Shopping list

4 eggs

1 1/4 cups vegetable oil

1 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

3 cups grated carrots

1 cup chopped walnuts

Frosting shopping list

1/2 cup butter, softened

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Making the Cake

Preheat oven to 350 °F. Grease and flour a 9×13 inch pan.

4 eggs

1 1/4 cups vegetable oil

1 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

3 cups grated carrots

1 cup chopped walnuts

In a large bowl, beat together eggs, oil, white sugar, brown sugar and vanilla.After well combine mix in flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Then stir in carrots. Fold in walnuts. Pour into prepared pan.
Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Making the Frosting

1/2 cup butter, softened

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a medium bowl, combine butter, cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar and  vanilla. Beat until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Frost the cooled cake.

enjoy with love,

Maryam