'Twas the Night Before Christmas...

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

And all through the home...

Faith's OCD was kicking in as she frosted the carrot-cakey dome...

I decided to do part of my menu tonight, seeing as I didn't want to hang myself by the Christmas lights tomorrow due to taking on way too much kitchen time. I baked and frosted during the 17 Kids and Counting commercials while simultaneously watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim Carrey-style) and blasting Christmas music in my breakfast nook. Eric took it quite well. Haven't heard one complaint. Most likely because I baked his most favorite kind of dessert AND let him lick the whisk.

I, myself, don't love carrot cake. Amazingly, this one may have swayed me to the dark side. The cake is light and spongy, but the cream cheesy frosting we all know 'n love has a hint of pure maple syrup and truly steals the show.

Carrot Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
courtesy of Smitten Kitchen

Makes one 2-layer cake

2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups canola oil
4 large eggs
3 cups grated, peeled carrots
1 cups coarsely chopped walnuts (optional)
1/2 cup raisins (optional) - um. I left these out. The only way I like raisins is in the box in which they came.

Preheat oven to 350F.

Butter two 9" cake pans. Line bottoms of pans with waxed paper (truly important!). Butter and flour paper, then tap out excess flour.

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. Divide batter among cupcake molds, filling 3/4 of each.

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 waxed 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.

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.


Ginger Patches said...

Looks like a great recipe! Hi Faith, I love your blog and have been a reader and subscriber for a while and have been meaning to comment...as a blogger myself I really have no excuse for taking so long to say hi :) I love your blog--you have a great sense of humor in addition to all the great recipes! I hope you had a very merry Christmas!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh I LOVE the star on top. So FUN and festive!! Merry Christmas, Faith! :)