Friday, May 14, 2010

CIA Homeschool: Carrot Cake

Wow.... I have taken a REALLY long time getting this posted. If you couldn't tell by the colorful plate, I made this cake for dessert on Easter. It only took me over a month to share it. :)

There are a few items on my list for my CIA challenge that I have made before or that I don't foresee being much of a challenge. (Some of the cakes and cookies, for example.) However, I still wanted to give them a go because you never know when you might find a new favorite.

This cake is a perfect example of something I have made before and yet something that I am so excited to have tried. We really, really enjoyed this cake! It was fantastic by itself and, of course the cream cheese frosting just made it all the better.

It is a very basic carrot cake recipe with nothing fancier than a bit of cinnamon. Maybe that is what I liked so much about it... it was a basic cake that let the flavor of the carrot shine through.

Even though there are at least two other carrot cake recipes I want to still try (Bill's Big Carrot Cake from TWD and one made with pineapple), this one is pretty darn good and I will definately make it again!

List of Recipes to be made from CIA book

Yeast Raised Breads and Rolls

Boule (White Wheat Lean Dough)
Split Loaf (Lean Dough with Pate Fermente)
Batard (Whole Wheat Lean Dough)
Baguette (Lean Dough with Poolish)
Soft Roll Dough (Knot Rolls & Parker House Rolls)
Brioche a Tete
Challah (6 Braid)
Coffee Cake (Twisted)
Pita Bread
Apple Fritters
Berliners (Jelly Doughnuts)
Yeast Raised Doughnuts

Yeast Doughs (Not listed above)

Prosciutto and Provolone Dough
Tomato Dough
Roasted Potato Dough
Apple and Walnut Sourdough

Quick Breads and Cakes

Ginger Cake
Buttermilk Biscuits
Bran Muffins
Lemon Buttermilk Cake
Polenta Cake
Devil’s Food Cake
Chocolate XS
Carrot Cake
Chocolate Souffle Cake
Patterned Jaconde Sponge
Walnut Cheesecake


Mudslide Cookies
Sand Cookies
Orange Coconut Macaroons
Fudge Brownies
Pecan Diamonds (Short Dough)
Mirror Cookies (1-2-3 Cookie Dough)
Citrus Crisps
Zedern Brot
Vanilla Kipferl
Checkerboard Cookies
Vanilla Pretzels
Langues-de-Chat Sandwiches
Frangipane Cake (Made into Petit Fours)

Custards, Creams, Mousses, and Souffles

Crème Brulee
Pots de Crème
Vanilla Pudding
Lemon Curd
Chocolate Mousse
Bavarian Cream
Raspberry Souffle

Frozen Desserts

Chocolate Swirl Ice Cream
Lemon Frozen Yogurt
Orange Sorbet
Vanilla Bean Sherbet
Fresh Ginger Granita
Praline Parfait
Frozen Lemon Savarin

Pies, Tarts, and Fruit Desserts

Blueberry Pie
Warm Apple Charlottes
Lemon Fantasy Tart
Zesty Lime Tart
Cheese Tart
Cranberry Pecan Tart
Apple Strudel

Filled and Assembled Cakes and Tortes

Bavarian Cream Torte
Charlotte Russe
Black Forest Cake
Opera Torte
Orange Mousseline Torte

Individual Pastries

Lemon Curd Tartlets
Pecan Cranberry Tartlets
Strip Tartlets
Pecan Passions
Classic Napoleons
Chocolate Peanut Butter Bombes
White and Dark Chocolate Mousse in Glasses
Chocolate Eclairs
Bear Claws

Plated Desserts

Blueberry and Cream Cheese Crepes
Brown Sugar Roasted Pear
Funnel Cake with Maple Syrup and Summer Fruit Sauces

Chocolates and Confections

Milk Chocolate Truffles
Candied Orange Peel
Soft Caramels
Hard Candies
Nuss Bonbon


TBD (Trying to pick a cake with gumpaste, modeling chocolate, and possibly pulled sugar)


Grumpy and HoneyB said... know this is Grumpy's favorite kind of cake, right? LOL. I have made the Big Bill's Carrot cake and it was pretty darn good! I steer away from those with pineapple in them because Grumpy thinks it doesn't belong. (what does he really know though, that is what I say!) Maybe I'll have to try it sometime and he won't have any choice but to eat it. ha ha.

Flourchild said...

This cake looks amazingly good. I love carrot cake. The frosting looks so thick and tasty. I have a carrot cake recipe that will knock your socks off if your interested! Let me know, it's on my blog and I will send you the link!

Kat said...

carrot cake is my daddys favorite :)

The Grows said...

MMMMMM I love carrot cake. This looks so good. I especially like cream cheese frosting.

Ingrid said...

This is exactly the carrot cake I've been looking for. I just don't think I'd like a lot of stuff in mine which is why I've never made one. They all seem too busy. Thanks for tip...I'm going to hunt down the recipe.

Happy Friday!

Eliana said...

Hmmm. I love a good carrot cake. My absolute favorite cake.

teresa said...

love love love this cake!

Natalie... said...

Oooh wow im not normally a fan of carrot cake but yours looks gorgeous, youre layers look delicious too!

Katy ~ said... are reading my mind...I have a favorite carrot cake that I have used for years, but it has pineapple and raisins in it. Love carrot cake. I definitely would not say no to a slice of this!

Leslie said...

That's a beautiful carrot cake! I've made Big Bill's Carrot Cake and it dethroned my go-to recipe (which had crushed pineapple). Looks like I need to give this one a try!

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