If it’s true that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach then this carrot cake might be the main reason John and I have been married for 32 years. I made it for his birthday on March Fourth, a few weeks after we met. And I’ve made it for his birthday every year since!
It’s pretty easy and very delicious! – and it freezes well even with the icing. (If there is any left!)
Preheat oven to 325°
Grease and flour two 8” round pans, and cut a circle of wax paper to fit on the bottom of each pan.
¾ cup canola oil
1 cup sugar
1 ½ cups flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp cinnamon
½ tsp salt
2 cups shredded carrots
1 cup chopped walnuts or almonds
½ cup raisins (optional)
Beat eggs, oil and sugar
Mix in flour and other dry ingredients
Fold in carrots, nuts and raisins
Divide batter into the two pans and bake at 325° for about 30 minutes.
(Cakes are done when an inserted toothpick comes out clean.)
Cool cakes until they are room temperature. (Peel off the waxed paper while they are still warm.)
Frost with Cream Cheese Frosting. (This is the best part!)
1 stick butter at room temperature
8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
1 pound (or a little less, depending on your taste) confectioners’ sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Blend all ingredients until smooth.
Frost thickly between the layers and all over the top and sides of the cake.
This is the hardest part for me – it’s difficult to not just sit down and eat this right out of the bowl!
Happy Birthday John!
Welcome! My name is Andrena Paladini and this is a blog about family and love and faith and fun. I call it Paladini Potpie because a potpie is like an adventure in a crust. You never know what might come up, but it’s always going to be good!
Think of the best potpie you’ve ever eaten…hot flaky crust holding a rich savory sauce and all kinds of pieces of meat and vegetables…and who knows what?
As a family, we’ve chosen to live within the parameters of God’s love and protection. This is the crust of our Paladini Potpie. The crust never changes. Within this crust, the savory sauce of family love binds it all together. That is also fairly constant. But beyond the crust and the sauce we can add just about anything!
Good ideas come our way and we’ve adopted and adapted them to add to what John calls our treasure box of memories. These stories and ideas from John’s treasure box of memories are the ingredients I’m putting into our Paladini Potpie.
(Okay, so this ridiculous mixing of metaphors about treasure boxes and potpies is exactly what I’m talking about. Silly and ungrammatically correct. But both illustrations work… so we’ll mix them together and it’ll be just fine!)
John and I have been married for 30 years. Our children have wonderfully doubled in number since David married Amanda, Monica married Dan, and Matthew married Sarah.
And the newest little treats that have been added to our potpie are six adorable grandchildren - Ethan, Angelina, Nathan, Audrey, Maleia and Caleb!
I hope you’ll subscribe to my Paladini Potpie blog, and keep up with all the fun new ingredients I add. Hopefully you’ll enjoy our stories and ideas, and find something you’ll want to put into your own potpie! Bon appétit!
March 9, 2015 at 12:31 pm
My favorite. Delicious!
April 24, 2018 at 9:13 am
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We celebrated my father-in-law’s 92nd birthday over the weekend, and this cake was a hit as usual. I’m reposting this at the request of two of my nieces.