Monday, August 20, 2012

Plowboy's Birthday

Last Tuesday was The Plowboy's birthday. I did some computer research and found some recipes for a cake I thought he would like. Rootbeer, nutella, etc.. When I asked him what he wanted he asked for carrot cake. So much for trying something new but at least I didn't think I could go wrong. I mean creamcheese frosting can never be bad. Pinterest had some different recipes listed but I decided to use the family's tried and true AUNT POLLY'S Carrot Cake.  Aunt Polly is my mother's aunt. She was one of twelve and is the "salt of the earth." I am sure she will be glad to know her tasty treat is being featured on my famous blog. HA HA
   Now the pics may look a little off because I doubled the recipie. I had a birthday to recognize and a nurse and P.A. that needed to be thanked for seeing my sick baby #4 at the last minute the other day.

The recipe is as follows:

Cream together 2 cups of sugar and 4 eggs.
             Helpful Hint: Did you know that eggshell attracts itself? If you ever drop a piece while cracking eggs, as you know it will run away from a spoon but it will not run away from itself. It's true. I use this all the time. Use the half of the cracked egg to scoop the shell out.

Mix with:
  1 1/2 cups of oil (I used canola)
  2 cups of all purpose flour
  2 Teaspoons of cinnamon
  2 teaspoons of baking powder
  2 teaspoons of baking soda
  1 teaspoon salt   (I put everything but the oil thru the sifter)

Add 3 cups grated Carrots
1 Teaspoon Vanilla (ever made your own vanilla? I do. It is the stuff. Is that another post? I think so)
 You can add 1 cup of chopped pecans here but I didn't cause I wasn't sure if the girls would like them.
 My mother-in-law has this little handy dandy grater that came with her  cookware she purchased when she got married. I am actually doing research to try to find one of these puppies or anything close. I fell in love.  This ain't "no woman trying to find a diamond mind, in this world."(name that song and I'll be your biggest fan) I am simple enough that a carrot grater makes me happy. Seriously grated 6 cups of carrots in less than 2 minutes. But once again I digress.

Another little happy. Ice Cream scooper thingies make for the perfect size cupcake and speed that process up.

 Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes and get started on your cream cheese frosting. Make a double batch. You are gonna lick it alot. I mean like it alot. Yea right!

Cream Cheese Icing:
8 ounces cream cheese
1 box powdered sugar
1/2 stick butter
2 teaspoons vanilla

 These are little mini cupcakes because I had extra. I think I will push the icing in the center of them and dip the tops in white chocolate. The white chocolate will harden and hold the icing inside and we have one handed, low mess, feed 'em in the combine carrot cakes. YES, that will make me happy some day when I am running late and want to treat plowboy and his family to a extra treat. They will be waiting in the freezer.

This is what I dropped off at the clinic for my hardworking buddies while I picked the kids up from school. Then it was back home to finish the birthday cake and supper.

I always put a dollop of icing on the cake stand to keep the cake from shifting and then start layering.

 Layer 1 and some pecans. I know the birthday boy likes'em

Layer 2 and kid #2 in the background with a homemade afterschool popsicle treat.

 And Layer 3 and a few finishing touches!

I served the carrot cake after this.
Grilled, chilli rubbed, bacon wrapped, bbq pork loin
twice baked, sour cream cheddar potatoes,
bacon wrapped, catalina green bean bundles
and sister schubert rolls.
By the way, big surprise, but I have been bummed this week because I have gained weight. At least, I don't wonder why.

 Happy Birthday Big Man! I have enjoyed celebrating your last 13 Birthdays with you.

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