Sunday, June 19, 2011

Cassi's Carrot Cake

Cassi is really getting into this cake decorating thing.  I think she has missed her calling!  For Father's Day, I made the cake part and she decorated it.  When we want to bake something special, we find a recipe we like and make it healthy.  Here is our version of a healthy carrot cake.  It is light and yummy!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a Cuisinart mix ~

3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
Blend for 5 seconds. 

In a bowl, add the above ingredients and toss well with ~

3 cups grated carrots

In the Cuisinart combine ~

2 cups organic sugar
4 large eggs
1 cup coconut or vegetable oil  (Butter would probably be great!)
Blend well.

Mix all the above ingredients in a bowl, then add 1 1/2 cup chopped nuts and 1 pound of chopped of dates.

Pour into a well-oiled bunt pan and bake on the middle rack of the oven for 45 minutes.  Reduce the heat to 325 degrees and bake for another 20 minutes or until the cake reaches 205 to 210 degrees in the center.

Remove the pan from the oven and allow cake to cool 15 minutes in the pan. After 15 minutes, turn the cake out onto a rack and allow cake to cool completely. Frost with cream cheese frosting. 

Cream cheese frosting ~

1 stick of organic butter
16 ounces of cream cheese
1/2 cup honey
1 Tablespoon of vanilla

Blend well in Cuisinart and use to decorate the cake after it has cooled.  Good luck decorating it like Cassi decorated ours!