Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Hub's birthday cake

The Hub's birthday was this week. I grew up in a household where you chose your birthday dinner and birthday cake. Is it like this in all families? I'd like to continue that tradition in my household. The only problem is, who will make my cake?

Anywho, the Hubs decided he wanted a carrot cake with the icing that goes on German chocolate cakes. Weird combination, I know. But it worked, and tasted delicious. Notice the past tense in that last sentence...

To make this cake, I used recipes out of two different cookbooks. The cake came out of the Joy of Cooking. The icing came out of Better Homes and Gardens Bridal Edition of the Red Plaid Cookbook.

I used (2) 9" round cake pans and made a layer cake. Next time I make this icing for a layer cake, I'll double the recipe because there was only enough icing to ice between layers and the top. The sides of the cake were exposed.

Carrot Cake
Preheat oven to 350.

Whisk together in a large bowl (I used my large Pyrex bowl):
1-1/3 c flour
1 c sugar
1-1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp salt

In another bowl (I used my medium Pyrex bowl), whisk together:
2/3 c vegetable oil
3 large eggs

Mix into the egg mixture:
1-1/2 c shredded carrots (about 21 baby carrots)
1 c chopped pecans (original recipe called for walnuts)
1 c raisins
1/2 c canned crushed pineapple

Mix the wet mixture into the dry mixture. Scrape into 2 9" pans, or a 9x13, lined with parchment paper. (This was the first time I've lined a cake pan with parchment paper and it was genius!) Bake 25-30 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.

Let cake cook for about 5 minutes, then remove the cake and parchment paper from the pan and let col on racks.

Coconut-Pecan Icing
In a medium saucepan, beat:
1 egg

2/3 c evaporated milk
2/3 c sugar
1/4 c butter

Cook over medium heat until thickened, about 6 minutes.

Remove from heat and stir in:
1-1/3 c coconut
1/2 chopped pecans

Allow to cool before icing the cake.  

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