Sunday, April 10, 2011

“Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.” -Jim Davis

My Carrot Cake, Cake Balls, recipe!

 Word to use for the Day:

Delectable adj
highly pleasing: delightful
Delectable noun
- something that is delectable; especially : a delicious food item

Really Great Recipe for Carrot Cake but with a yummy twist... First make the Carrot Cake:
This cake recipe only makes enough for a 8" round cake, if you want something bigger double the recipe. For cake  balls, this recipe is sufficient.

Step one (always first step): Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C)

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon... Canela in Spanish

1 Teaspoon baking powder... the recipe actually calls for baking soda,
but I couldn't find that here in Spain. My cake still turned out great!
Question: What Is the Difference Between Baking Soda & Baking Powder?
Which also says that: You can substitute baking powder in place of baking soda
(you'll need more baking powder and it may affect the taste)
Azucar Blanco= Granualated sugar

  • 1/2 cup granualated sugar
  • 1/3 cup light-brown sugar

mix dry ingredients together first

1/4 cup of Canola Oil, once again I couldn't find it here in Spain so I used sunflower oil.

What is the Best Substitute for Canola Oil?
Canola oil is a vegetable oil, pressed from the seeds of the "canola plant" — an engineered variant of the rape plant. Like corn, peanut, safflower, sunflower, soybean, cottonseed, and some other vegetable oils, canola has a neutral taste, so there's really nothing not to like about it.
If you don't have it on hand, use any other neutral vegetable oil

Two large eggs

1/3 Cup plain yogurt... yogur natural

Mix all ingredients

CARROTS! Finely chopped, I had to do this by hand since I don't have a food processor here, try it, good workout for your arms.

1 cup of finely chopped carrots
Mix into all ingredients
Pour into a 8" round pan

 Finished Cake

Crumbled up cake

Mix crumbs with either a cup of buttercream frosting, which you can buy premaid in the states
or make it yourself. You know what Cream cheese frosting probably would taste really good too... hmmm next time!

Or instead of Buttercream, melt a bar of white chocolate and mix with the crumbs:
After you add either frosting or white chocolate, the combination will create a dough, wrap the dough in some plastic wrap, and let it sit in the fridge for an hour or so.
After, Form the dough into around 15-20 little balls, then place on a tray in the freezer for 30 minutes.

Then melt three bars of white chocolate in the microwave, dip frozen balls into the melted white chocolate and place on wax paper. If you don't have toothpicks or  lollipop sticks, just use a spoon, it's okay if they're not perfect looking, because they will still taste WONDerful! 

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