Friday, November 22, 2013

Trust Me: Carrot Apple Cake w/ Coconut & Walnuts


By the title, there's a lot going on here.

I am addicted to baking a weekly apple cake during the fall months, but was craving a carrot cake.
What's a girl to do?

Why not mix apples and carrots? Sounds a bit weird, but it's anything but.


This recipe was purely experimental, and came out TERRIFIC.

You can trust me now after 6 years of knowing me, I may not be able to frost a cake, but I can bake.

This is a beautiful cake and freezes well, so make two, one for you, and one for the holidays.

You can add cream cheese icing, or buttercream frosting or the frosting of your choice.

I would give you the recipe for my frosting, but then I don't think you would trust me anymore.

Ok, if you really want it:
it's 2 tbsp softened butter, 2 cups of powdered sugar, a tbsp of vanilla and a tbsp of milk or orange juice. Mix until you get a nice consistency. Work fast to spread it on, as it hardens quickly.
(I added candied orange peel to the top from the King Arthur Flour catalog, but you can add nuts or whatever you like on top).


Carrot Apple Cake w/ Coconut & Walnuts:

1 1/3 cup of flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt

3 large carrots, grated
2 apples (I like Golden Delicious or Granny Smith for baking), peeled and cubed
3/4 cup of unsweetened flaked coconut
1 1/3 cup of sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
3/4 cup of mild olive oil (I use Colavita), or sunflower oil
2 extra large eggs
1/2 cup of chopped walnuts

It's simple. Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl.

In a large bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients together and add in the flour mixture. The batter will be nice and thick.


Pour batter into a buttered 9" springform pan, lined with parchment paper.

Bake at 325F for 55-60 minutes. Let cool in the cake tin for 10 minutes then unmold onto a cooling rack.

Add frosting of your choice or a simple dusting of powdered sugar.

Maybe next time I will add in raisins.


Delicious!

Trust me.

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9 comments:

Ciao Chow Linda said...

I trust you. I trust you. But couldn't you just save me a piece?

Anonymous said...

I believe you as this sounds very much like MORNING GLORY muffins and they are great! There is even a Morning Glory pancake recipe that is equally yummy!I like how chunky the cake looks.MMmmm

Content in a Cottage said...

That looks SO good.

Anonymous said...

I was wondering if you could put the recipe name in the subject line of your emails! This way the ones i save can be easier to locate. Just a thought.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I do trust you. This looks delicious!
Bernardine

deb b said...

Yum-ers. Can't wait to make it.

Joanne said...

Choosing between apples and carrots is definitely too tough when we're talking cake. Love that you combined the two!

cyclingrandma said...

Made it! I didn't have unsweetened coconut so cut the sugar -- used only about 1/2 cup, didn't put anything on top and added raisins. A big hit with husband, kids, and grandkids! A keeper. Thanks, Stace.

Bites from life with the barking lot said...

I love that it is an oo cake! I'm going to make. Perhaps this will be my gift cake. Looks divine