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There is a Lesson in this Somewhere or “The World’s Best Carrot Cake”

Funny thing happened. I came across the World’s Best Carrot Cake recipe! No kidding, hands down, the best. It was the bonus in my son getting married last summer. His wife came with the recipe. Or the recipe came with his wife. Not sure which.

Anyway. We had a get together at our house with some of our neighbors on Sunday. We call it Mountain Home Evening because we all live on the Mountain (and we all get our visit and home teaching done that way). Slightly unorthodox, but it works. Soooo I wanted to impress them with the World’s Best Carrot Cake! They were set to arrive at 6 p.m.

At 5:30 p.m. my younger son called (college student living approximately 10 minutes away, all down hill from me like I said we live on a mountain). He wanted to know if I was still going to come and pick him up for dinner. Oops! (Long story. I didn ?t want to wake him up. He works nights.)

Not wanting my baby boy (read, “college student party animal”) to miss the spiritual mesage of Mountain Home Evening, I jumped in the truck (forgetting my cell phone) and rushed down the hill to get my baby boy (o.k. he ?s 24). On the way down, I hit a rock (it looked like a snowball about the size of a basketball), and blew out the front passenger tire. Ooops, again.

It was now about 5:40 p.m. There were no houses for a half mile, so I coasted on down to the bottom of the hill to the nearest house, begged the use of a phone and gave dear husband the bad news that, even though people were expected at any minute he needed to come and get me (and our baby boy) and head back home, toot sweet. He of course obliged. Jumping into the jeep he headed out in a mad dash to try and beat the clock (and our neighbors) back to our house.

About 5:55, while standing in frigid weather beside my lame truck and while my husband was making his way down the mountain, a clear and distinct picture of my cake sitting on the kitchen table suddenly flashed across my mind.

And then I remembered that we also have a dog.

I knew without a doubt, that at that very moment our little puggle dog, Daisy, was licking the cream cheese frosting off of the World’s Best Carrot Cake that was meant for the neighbors and that those same neighbors were probably at that very moment entering our home (we have an open door policy), and there was absolutely nothing I could do about it.

Such is life. Some things you can fix. Some things you can ?t. Just roll with the punches.

The cake? I scraped off the old frosting and heaped on new. (Kind of like repenting?) And we ate it. I know, I know, oooooh groooosss. But wait till you taste it. No one could throw this cake away!

World’s Best Carrot Cake Recipe

2 c. sugar
1 t. cinnamon
1 c. oil
2 t. vanilla
3 eggs
1 ? 15 oz. can crushed pineapple (undrained)
3 c. flour* c. coconut
1 t. soda
2 c. grated carrots
1 t. salt
1 c. nuts (optional)
1 or more c. raisins (optional)

Combine sugar, oil and eggs; beat. Add dry ingredients and beat. Add all other ingredients and beat well. Pour batter into greased and floured 10×15 ? pan. Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes or even longer make sure it ?s done in the middle!

Frost with cream cheese icing.

2 – 8 oz. pkgs. cream cheese
c. margarine

Blend well together. Add powdered sugar until just the right consistency not too sweet.

*If you use extra large or jumbo eggs, add another c. of flour.

To make a larger cake (using a tall 20 oz. can of pineapple) increase the recipe by one-third:

2 2/3 c. sugar
2 c. oil
4 eggs
4 c. flour
1 1/3 t. soda
2 t. salt
1.3 t. cinnamon
Scant T. vanilla
20 oz. can pineapple
2/3 c. coconut
2 2/3 c. grated carrots
2 c. nuts

I bake this in my lasagna pan and make a little more frosting always plenty ?o frosting! I may also try baking the cake around 375 as it ?s such a heavy cake.

Funny how this recipe is still evolving after all these years!

{ 17 comments… add one }

  • Alison Moore Smith January 26, 2010, 9:36 pm

    OK, I so do not like anything (cake, bread, whatever) with stuff in it, but my husband will kiss you because I will have to make this for him. And great story. :)

  • agardner January 26, 2010, 9:45 pm

    That was awesome! I’m gonna try that recipe!

    And I want to come to Mountain Home Evening. That sounds absolutely fabulous.

  • Janiel Miller January 27, 2010, 9:57 am

    I like all kinds of stuff in my cake and bread. This sounds like a great recipe – dog slobber or not. :) What a funny story.

  • Michelle D January 27, 2010, 11:48 am

    Awesome story! Mountain Home Evening sounds fun. I love your attitude. I would have been stewing over the mishaps of life. But really, there are always lessons somewhere in the normal course of events. Thanks for the reminder to view life positively!

  • daisy January 27, 2010, 6:01 pm

    Any time you are in Cedar City, Utah, YOu are invited to Mountain Home Evening. In the winter it’s best done in a 4-wheel drive vehicle. And watch out for the basketball sized, snowball looking rocks.

  • daisy January 27, 2010, 6:03 pm

    O _M _GOSH!!! I just noticed. This is the BEST carrot cake, not the BREAST carrot cake! Allison could you please help?

  • Alison Moore Smith January 27, 2010, 6:23 pm

    DAISY! For some reason the linked comment thread doubled, so I had to delete and remix the whole thing. I’m pretty sure that was my bad. Wow, some Freudian that was! Sorry! Let me know if you find any other inadvertent body parts in your cake!

  • kiar January 28, 2010, 2:45 pm

    Yum! my fave is Carrot! Had to laugh when picturing the pup getting at it!

  • facethemusic January 28, 2010, 10:31 pm

    Oh my goodness! I’ve had days like that, where it was just one little crisis after the other. They’re certainly not funny at the time, but then when you look back, you almost can’t HELP but laugh! So I was laughing during the story, then started reading the comments and laughed harder when I read that at some point it read “The World’s BREAST Carrot Cake” — poor Daisy– even WRITING about it didn’t quite go right! :)

  • partone February 6, 2010, 10:23 am

    I have hte opposite problem. I love carrot cake but my husband does not. So if I make it I will eat the whole thing!

  • Alison Moore Smith February 7, 2010, 1:32 am

    daisy, I decided that I’m going to make this for Sam for Valentine’s Day. That is truly a sign of great love!!!

  • kiar February 8, 2010, 10:22 am

    My son informed me yesterday that he wants a carrot cake for his birthday.
    “But can you leave out the real carrots? I don’t really like the real ones!”
    “Umm, honey, it’s a carrot cake, it has to have real carrots in it.”
    “Really? eww, gross!”

    Gotta love 7 year olds.

  • delmar February 11, 2010, 2:44 pm

    kiar, maybe he wants boxed mix with dry carrot shreds instead of “fresh” shredded carrots. tell him its “fake” that way. hahaha

  • delmar February 11, 2010, 2:58 pm

    oh and thanks to you i’m now on the hunt for my moms/great aunts carrot cake recipe. looking at the recipe i know its almost identical…must search more.

  • ChanJo February 14, 2010, 3:41 pm

    daisy, I just tried this and it took an hour and 20 m inutes to cook! What did I do wrong? It was mushy and jiggly until then.

  • daisy February 14, 2010, 5:22 pm

    ChanJo— Where do you live? I have one in the oven right now (I live at 7000 feet) The carrots I used today were a little watery so I had to add a few tablespoons of flour, but so far so good. I’ve always used the larger recipe with the large lasagne pan and the 20 oz can of crushed pineapple.
    Did yours set up after the hour 20?

  • daisy February 14, 2010, 5:41 pm

    ChanJo- I just pulled mine out after 53 minutes. Like I said I adjusted the recipe with a little flour because when i dumped my carrots into the blender with my pinapples I noticed there was a little water in the bag. But then I always look at the batter and decide whether it looks thick or thin before I bake. Hope this helps. Darcee.

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