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Halloween Carrot Cake

This year I have been trying to make healthier choices, so for this Halloween I decided to incorporate carrots.  The vegetable is a beautiful bright orange, and I had a huge bag of fresh carrots from my grandma’s garden.   Fresh grown carrots are better than candy any day of the week.  I found a fun carrot cake recipe and whipped this up in the kitchen this evening.

Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 cups grated carrot

 

Directions

  1. In a large mixer beat the eggs.
  2. Add the vegetable oil, sugar, vanilla extract
  3. Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
  4. Add the grated carrots.
  5. Bake at 350F for 40-50 minutes
  6. Let cake cool and frost with cream cheese frosting.  Garnish with peeled carrots.

 

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Last November I volunteered to make one cake a month for a year.  This has been a fun experience!  Some months I go a bit crazy and make more cakes and other months I am lucky if I get my one cake done.  I figured that today I should share my creations with you.  I am going to start with the Holiday Cakes.

This first one is a haunted chocolate cake with a twistlers tree.

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This second cake was my Thanksgiving Cornicopia of Chocolate Cake.  The pastries are made from puff pastry and swirled with melted chocolate.  I filled the cornicopia with milk chocolate, white chocolate, and butterschot chips. 

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For Christmas I decided to make a gingerbread house instead of a cake.  I took inspiration from our own home, a little cabin that we built ourselves.

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Just like our home was made by us, I made all the pieces from scratched and cut the windows out to match our home.  I even gave it a green roof!

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Every cabin needs a stack of logs for the fire place.

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This is our snowman, made from royal icing and coconut shavings.Image

I had a hard time making the railing for our deck, this fell several times during construction.Image

My husband bought a little thing of lights to give the gingerbread house that little touch of magic.Image

Its home sweet home! (this picture was taken when we were rebuilding our deck)

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