Friday, February 13, 2009

Carrot Cake Showdown

Check it out I entered my first competition.............Follow the link below to check out all of the entries.
No Sugar Added Carrot Cake

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup cake flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups shredded carrots
3 eggs
3/4 cup olive oil
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 cups honey
18 oz can crushed pineapple (packed in natural juices)
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts

Sift together the flour and cake flour, baking soda,cinnamon, nutmeg,allspice, cloves, and salt Set aside.Grease what ever pan you would like to use.

I used to 8 by 8 pan to make this cake. Watch your cooking time depending on the size of the pan you use. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Wash the carrots (do not peel them) and cut off the ends. Shred the carrots with a fine shredder you can use a manual grater or a food processor. You should have 2 cup firmly packed. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, beat and whisk the eggs just to mix. Gradually beat in the oil, buttermilk, and honey. Then stir in the carrots, pineapple (with its juice), raisins, and nuts. Add the sifted dry ingredients all at once and stir, mix only until the dry ingredients are moistened. ( Do not over mix, if the bowl is large enough stir with a large rubber spatula, you will not over mix.) It will be a very liquid (thin) mixture.

Turn into the prepared pan and rotate the pan a bit to smooth the top. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes until a cake tester inserted in the middle comes out clean, depending on the size of the pan.

Let cake cook in the pan for about 15 minutes. Remove cake from pan and let cake cool completely.

Sugar added Cream Cheese Frosting
1 8 oz package of cream cheese at room temperature
2 tablespoons of milk
2 tsp of vanilla
1 package of powdered sugar
1/2 stick of butter

Blend together until nice and smooth ice cake layer at a time.


Pam said...

I love carrot cake but have never made one without sugar. What an excellent recipe! Good luck in the competition.

Donna-FFW said...

I love your cake and I love the choice of music you have playing! Perfect choice! So pretty!

Gianina said...

I LOVE carrot cake. I'm going to have to try this out sometime!

Cathy said...

Nice recipe Lynette. I've never made a carrot cake without sugar but I imagine the honey makes a very moist cake. Sounds delish.

The carrot cake showdown is a fun event. Lots of good recipes.

Sara said...

Looks like a great recipe - good luck!