Little C’s Carrot Apple cake

Today was such a pretty day!  We visited the Point Woronzof beach, strolled around, and saw phenomenal views of all the mountain peaks in the nearby Cook Inlet vicinity.  We didn’t see a beluga whale this time but we had better  (sunshine, glorious sunshine) weather.  I keep hearing from my neighbors that we will have mostly dark skies and little sunlight soon so getting as much sunlight as we can now is necessary to make it through winter.

Once we got home, we were all ready for dinner and dessert.  After I cooked dinner, I made a cake that always makes me think of fall weather and bonfires.  It turned out delicious!  I enjoyed with a cup of green tea with a splash of half-n-half.

Little C’s Carrot Apple cake

Cake

2 3/4 cups cake flour

1 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons baking soda

3 teaspoons ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon salt

¼ ground ginger

½ cup mayonnaise

4 oz. unsweetened applesauce

*3 TBSP of butter, melted

¼ cup evaporated milk

3 eggs

1 large chopped apple

2 cups shredded carrots

¾ cup walnuts

Cream Cheese Icing

6 tablespoons softened butter

1 8 oz. softened cream cheese

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 to 2 tablespoons evaporated milk

4 cups powdered sugar

 

Preheat oven to 350⁰F. Spray non-stick cooking spray in 2 round cake pans. Stir flour, baking soda, sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger, mayonnaise, butter, apple sauce, eggs, and evaporated milk in a large bowl for 1 minute on medium speed. Then, add chopped apple, carrots, and walnuts. Hand mix with batter until fruit and nuts evenly distributed throughout batter. Put half of batter in each of the two pans. Bake approximately 26 minutes (oven times may vary.)

cake ingredients
Organic unsweetened applesauce is the best option.
Mel-Mixing.jpg
Caris typically has 4 oz. of applesauce in the cabinet for her lunch box. I think it was perfect for this recipe!
shredded carrots
Shredded Carrots
slicing apple
This apple cutter is an awesome kitchen tool.

 

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Chopped Apples
Caris
Caris loves Red Delicious apples (just like her mom.) Some people do not like to cook with these but I find these hold up well and add the perfect amount of sweetness to my recipes.

While the cake is baking, make the icing. Mix softened cream cheese, vanilla, and butter in mixer until well blended.  Then, slowly added powdered sugar.  Finally, add evaporated milk until icing becomes the appropriate texture to spread onto cake.  Put icing in between layers and on top.  (Optional: Add raisins on top of icing)

Icing ingredients
The icing is easy to make and delicious.
Cake out of oven
Texture of cake immediately out of the pan
slice of cake
Slice of cake

XOXO,

Mel

*This cake was delicious the same day I cooked it but was drier than I like on day #2.  Thus, I will add 3 TBSP of butter to the recipe next time I make it.

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