Sunday, May 2, 2010

Carrot Cake - Mini Style

I love baking and cooking! I have missed it so much over the last couple of months! I guess being in the kitchen is my way of relaxing and having some "me" time. There is something relaxing about looking through cookbooks, magazines, blogs, and websites for new recipes. I also enjoy the meal planning and doing all the preparations . My stupid job, that I HATE (yes I know a strong word, but true!) has kind of robbed me of this "me" time. I am still working 12-15 hours a day and the work has been stressful! So I have not only been stressed out by work but I have not had any "me" time to relax and do things I enjoy! I am too exhausted when I get home and I end up on the couch!

OK enough boo hoo Gena!

I have made these cupcakes several times and I love them more each time I make them! They are so moist and sweet with just the right amount of spice. Make sure you grate the carrots with a small grate and remove any large pineapple chunks from the crushed pineapple. This just helps with the consistency of the cake. (Have you ever had carrot cake with stringy carrots because the carrots were grated to large, yuk!). If you put nuts in your cake, you may want them to be a little on the smaller side too, so you can get a hint of the nut and not be overwhelmed with the nut do not want to miss out on the yummy cake!

Carrot Cake
2 eggs
1 C. oil
2 C. brown sugar
2 C. sifted flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
3 C. finely grated carrots
5 oz. crushed pineapple; drained

Mix together eggs, oil and brown sugar. In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking powder, soda, salt and cinnamon. Slowly add flour mixture into egg mixture. Add in carrots and pineapple and mix well. If you like nuts, coconut, or raisins, they can be added at this time. Pour into 9x13 greased pan or into lined cupcake pan. Bake at 350 for 35-45 min for the cake, or 28 minutes for cupcakes. Frost when cool.

Cream Cheese Frosting
1 8 oz pkg. softened cream cheese
1/4 lb softened butter
1-1/2 lb powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Mix all ingredients with hand mixer. You can top these with raisins, nuts or pretty sprinkles.

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