Thursday, September 13, 2007

Tropical Carrot Cake

Another birthday at the office today. Little did I know when I was looking through recipes and found this Tropical Carrot Cake that the tropical would be so appropriate. While I was preparing this cake there were weather announcements talking about Tropical Storm Humberto threatening the Texas coast. I went to bed and woke up to stories of HURRICANE Humberto stirring up a mess more east of us. We were spared this time, but we still have 6 more weeks of hurricane season to worry through. Kind of scary to think this can come up during the night while one is asleep.

3 eggs
3/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups finely shredded carrots
1 cup raisins (optional - I did not use)
1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained
1 cup toasted chopped pecans
1 cup flaked coconut

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter softened
4 to 4-1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons milk or cream
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350. In a large mixing bowl, beat ggs, oil, and buttermilk. Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add to egg mixture and mix well. Stir in vanilla, carrots, raisins, pineapple, pecans, and coconut. Mix well. Pour into 3 greased and floured 9 inch cake pans. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool. Combine frosting ingredients in a mixing bowl. Beat until smooth. Frost cake layers and entire cake. Sprinkle some pecans on top.


Emilie said...

Oh, I hope you stay safe! Get the heck out of there if it gets bad.

The carrot cake looks and sounds delicious. I've been so hungry for carrot cake lately, but I really should watch the waistline.

JANET said...

This cake sounds yummy! It will soon be in my recipe box.
Glad the hurricane missed you. We got a little rain from it in Alabama, and it was rain that was welcome!

marye said...

that looks good. I posted the recipe for a similar one but it had candied ginger and ground macadamias in it. I love carrot cake!

Abby said...

What a beautiful cake! Your friends and co-workers are some lucky ducks!

I hear ya on the six more weeks. Although hurricanes don't hit us as directly as you, N.C. still gets its fair share!

Anna said...

That looks delicious! I had my mind on carrot cake too, but I think I'm going to make muffins instead.