Grandmom’s Carrot Cake

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My Grandmother always made the best carrot cake you’ve ever tasted. She always insisted that the carrots had to be grated by hand. “Never use a food processor for this recipe.” she warned. It was my father’s favorite cake and one year for his birthday she gave him a card that stated that she would bake him a carrot cake for every birthday for the rest of his life.

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Here’s how to make your own delicious carrot cake just like my Grandmother used to make.
Step 1
Blend 1 cup of oil with 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of brown sugar on low speed until well mixed.

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Step 2

Add 1  teaspoon of vanilla and 4 eggs (one at a time)

TIP: If you get some egg shell in the mix use the shell to scoop it out. Works every time!

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Step 3

Stir together dry ingredients. The 1/3 cup of powder milk, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 2 teaspoon cinnamon,2 cups whole wheat flour,1 teaspoon baking soda and 1 teaspoon salt

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Step 4

Add dry ingredients to the egg and sugar mix

Stir in 3 cups of fine shredded carrots and 1 cup of chopped walnuts by hand

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Step 5
Pour in to round greased and floured cake pans. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees until tooth pick comes out clean after sticking it in the middle of the cake.

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Step 6

Let cake cool for 10 minutes and pop out of pan onto a cooling rack. slice to tops off the cake to even it out.  

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Step 7

While it is cooling make the cream cheese icing.

Beat in your mixer the softened cream cheese (1 box) and 2 teas. of vanilla until it is light and fluffy. Now crank up the mixer speed to medium and add the unsalted, cut-up butter sticks (1 cup) until its all blended. You know its going to be good with both cream cheese and butter!

Turn that baby down low or you’re going to be covered with white powder! Add 2 pounds of powdered sugar, called  confectioners’ sugar in some hoity toity circles. Use it right away  or refrigerate for up to 3 days and put it on bagels or just dip in your finger every time you open the fridge. Go on! No one will know.

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Make one for everyone you know! They will like you.

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This friday and saturday May 9th and 10th I will be doing two demos at the Chocolate Festival. Come visit me at my booth and say hi to me at the demo. 


Dark Chocolate Truffles ( Friday, 7pm )

Learn how to make truffles using cream, chocolate, and flavorings. These truffles are very simple and elegant all your friends will love them. Make them for gifts or just for your family to enjoy. You will learn how to make different truffles starting with a base recipe. – Pastry Chef Dorian O’Connell

Chocolate Box ( Saturday, 1pm)

Learn how to make a chocolate box with the materials you have at home. Different garnishes and techniques will be shown. If you can temper chocolate you can make a chocolate box but I can teach you tricks to making a chocolate box if you have never tempered before. – Pastry Chef Dorian O’Connell

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