Monday, April 19, 2010

Blog Drawing and The Carrot Cake that Hates Me.

The winner of the weekly book drawing is…Shannon.
Her blog is Faith, Hope and Love.
She wins a Love Inspired book. So if you want to win a book:
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and you will be put in the pot for next week’s drawing. ;)

Now about that carrot cake.

Last week my husband, Bruce, asked me to make his favorite carrot cake for his birthday. I quit making it years ago because that cake hates me. Let me state my case.

The last time I made it I was working for an accountant. Bruce’s birthday falls on April 15th, which is a very busy time in an accountant’s office. Well, I came home after a long, hard day at work and made the cake. When the buzzer went off, I checked it and the batter was bubbling/boiling. I’d never seen that combination and especially in the oven and with cake batter! I really think it was laughing at me.

Years have gone by with Bruce wanting the carrot cake, but remembering my horrible experience he was happy with chocolate. However, when I asked him last week what kind of cake he wanted, he looked at me and said, “You know....”

I thought, well, maybe after all these years the cake might have changed its mind about me.


First, as I collected all the ingredients I realized that I didn’t have enough eggs, and there were no carrots in the veggie bin. Since we were pressed for time (grandson playing in a soccer game in less than an hour), I asked Bruce to run to the store while I began to mix the dry ingredients. He came back with the eggs, but he’d bought carrots already grated, which would have been a great timesaver, but this cake needed tinier shreds. Since I had such a bad history with this temperamental recipe, I didn’t want to tempt fate. I begged him to go back and just get regular carrots, so we could grate them the size we needed. Good sport that he was he went back. I mixed the oil into the dry ingredients and started adding one egg at a time. On the very last egg my mixer growled. The beaters were locked  as if they were welded together. I stood there in disbelief.

Did I tell you this cake hates me!

My daughter was visiting, so she tried to help me. I grabbed the batter-dripping beaters, and she took the handle of the mixer. We pulled and pulled. Finally after much tugging, laughing, and more of my stating how this cake hates me, we were able to pry the beaters from the mixer. The mixer was hashed. Fortunately for us though, the cake was well on its way, so when Bruce returned with the carrots we were able to just hand mix the rest of the ingredients into the batter.

I put the cake in the oven and set the timer. About 20 minutes into the baking this horrible-burning scent began wafting through the house. I quickly checked the cake. Okay, so this time it wasn’t bubbling/boiling, but the cake batter had risen like foam and was spilling over the sides of the cake pan, burning to the bottom of my oven. I’m no expert, but I don’t think a cake is supposed to do that. Not wanting to admit defeat, I left it in the oven, hoping it would change its mind and a miracle would occur.

The timer finally went off, and I took it out of the oven, placing a rather odd-looking cake on cooling racks. I covered it with a towel, not wanting anyone to see this glorous failure, and we headed to the soccer game. When we returned, I found that the center of the cake had sunk. I figured I could camouflage that with the wonderful buttery, cream cheese frosting.

And get this…everyone loved it. What’s with that?

So...I’m going to share the fun of the carrot cake that hates me. All I can say is good luck, and I bear no responsibility if the cake mocks you, laughs at you or is a diseaster in anyway. I just thought I'd share the joy.

2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
Add and mix well, 1 1/2 cups cooking oil. Add 4 eggs, one at a time and mix well.
3 cups finely grated carrots (uncooked)
1 cup chopped nuts
Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes. Frost with Cream Cheese Frosting

1 cube butter
1 (8oz) pkg. cream cheese
1 pkg powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Mix until smooth and creamy with electric mixer. Top with 1/2 cup chopped nuts.

Do you have a recipe that causes you stress? Please share and make me feel better.


  1. Oh my gosh, it looks so good! Thanks for the recipe! ummmmm....

  2. Carolyn...I must confess the picture isn't my cake. :(
    Not sure whose cake it is. I got the picture from photo bucket. Mine was not that good looking. I hope the recipe treats you kindly. Good luck!

  3. There IS a recipe that hates me: chicken and stuffing in the slow cooker. I've made much more difficult recipes than that! Yet it never turns out right for me. My mom makes it perfectly, and I follow her recipe, and still the stuffing is either overcooked or undercooked. I just don't get it.

    I'm glad everyone loved your carrot cake! My mom always says it doesn't matter what it looks like as long as it tastes good! :)

  4. Laura, I feel your pain. Nice to know I'm not alone. :0)

  5. LOL. The recipe that hates me is one I have for strawberry cake. Everyone loves it, but they don't know the stages it goes through.

    Oh. I can't make pie crust either. No matter what I try, it never works. I gave up scratch crusts a long time ago.

  6. Oh, I love a piece of carrot cake with extra frosting. Great, entertaining post. I could relate to your cooking experience. You have an award at my blog. :)

  7. Carol, strawberry cake, wow, that sounds like a lot of work. Now pie crust, I have a recipe I love. If you want it I'll send it to you. Thanks for stopping by. :)

  8. Roxy, thanks for the award!!! I'm so glad you told me. I haven't been able to check the blogs I follow because I'm trying to get something to my editor and prepare for a conference in two days. It's one of those weeks...again. Thanks for stopping by.



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