Hello friends, I’m pretty sure you’re surprised to see me here. I know, I’ve been an awful food blogger, but so much has been going on in my life the past year and a half, that it’s been quite hard to consolidate my personal life, moving across States, dealing with some family health issues and cooking.
Some meals have been whatever is on hand. Some meals have been based on the cheapest ingredients I could find, some meals have happened thanks to local take outs. But, with that said, the love that I have for being in the kitchen and cooking, has never diminished in any way, shape or form. It’s just had to take a back seat.
I don’t know how things will go from this moment on, but I’ve been severely lacking some updates here on the old blog, and I’ve also terribly missed trying new recipes, posting, sharing and all that fun stuff.
So I’m back, and I decided that the way to come back would be by bringing some cake for us to share over a cup of coffee.
There are not many cakes I consider my favorites, I would have to actually state quite firmly, that my cake loves center on Chocolate, Tres Leches, or Carrot. That’s it!!! I am not saying I won’t eat others, but I don’t crave them, I don’t go out of my way to make them or have them, they’re just there.
Right, so Carrot Cake, homemade, with fresh carrots, some mixed nuts thrown in, cinnamon and sweetness……all rolled into a great Fall cake.
If you want to make something for your family, that is not out of a box (and I’m totally not judging, boxed mixes live in my pantry and are often used in a pinch), then give this one a try.
1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
2 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups 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 pecans
1/2 cup butter, softened
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9×13 inch pan.
In a large bowl, beat together eggs, oil, white sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Mix in flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Stir in carrots. Fold in pecans. 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 and cool completely.
To Make Frosting: In a medium bowl, combine butter, cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Stir in chopped pecans. Frost the cooled cake.