Carrot Cake for Easter!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

I attempted to make a carrot cake a few days ago for Easter... you know...
bunnies --> carrots --> carrot cake! Actually, carrot cake was one of my first posts ever on this blog. The picture was so so unappetizing. I've come a long way.

Anyway, I tried a random recipe online and it turned out not bad. My mom's office friends loved it, but I was bummed because I couldn't find any nutmeg in the house and had to make it without it. I know people like to make carrot cake with pineapple and raisins (two things I do not enjoy) or nuts... But I went simple this time. I would have liked to add pecans but I didn't have any.
The cake was fairly unmemorable but the frosting was delicious!

Combine 1 packet of cream cheese (8 oz) with a 2/3 cup of brown sugar and 1 tsp of vanilla extract. Separately whip a 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream to stiff peaks and fold it into the rest... It's so soft and creamy and perfect! The original recipe called for 1 cup of cream but that made it really lose the cream cheese flavor, which made me sad. I had to add more in, so I'm changing it to 0.5.
I'm getting good with finding reasonably sweet frostings for my taste :)

I finally bought nutmeg and all spice powder yesterday and wanted to try them again with that. Except I lost the recipe I had used for the cake. I could have gone through the browser history but I had seen so many recipes that would have taken forever! So I tried a new one.

I also bought some Agave sweetener from Trader Joe's. I thought I'd try to swap out some of the sugar in the recipe with it. Now, I'm a firm believer that sugar substitutes taste nasty, especially when people try really hard to sell me on it. I'm not eating a Splenda cake, not now, not ever. I can always taste the sugar-free weird aftertaste. I believe more in eating in moderation or not at all, and if I'm going to eat a dessert, I'd rather just enjoy the real taste!

But I was curious about this agave stuff since people seem to say it's good... So I replaced half the sugar content with it. It turned out pretty tasty! The only downside is that they came out a bit sticky and awkward looking. People couldn't tell the difference though, taste-wise.

So now, what to make next with the Agave sweetener? :)


Aba said...

I really like how you did the frosting on the first one!

Amrita said...

yes, me too.. except i haven't been able to recreate it and it's driving me crazy! :)

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